The result of Friday Night Football at IG Field will help
clear up the muddy waters of the post-season in the West Division. With
at least one point, the visiting Stampeders can secure a home playoff
date. Calgary claimed a 37-33 decision in the first half of the
home-and-home set last week and has won seven of its past eight matchups.
In their regular season finale, the Blue Bombers will attempt to improve
upon its 7-1 home record, but the team has stumbled in recent weeks with
just one win in its last five outings. The season series is knotted at
one-a-piece, including Winnipeg’s 26-24 triumph in Week 9. Kickoff is set
for 8:30 p.m. ET.
Saturday’s tripleheader opens with the top squads in the
East facing off at Molson Stadium for a 1 p.m. ET match. The Road to the
Grey Cup has been paved in the East with Montreal hosting Edmonton for
the Semi-final on November 10 and the victor advancing to the Eastern
Final in Hamilton on November 17. At stake are bragging rights and the
chance to build momentum as the post-season approaches. The Alouettes are
6-2 at home and are coming off a narrow 27-24 victory over Toronto.
Hamilton are winners of four-straight, including a decisive 33-12 showing
against the REDBLACKS in Week 19 which set a franchise record of 13
The 4 p.m. ET contest will feature CFL football in Toronto
for the final time in 2019 with Ottawa in town. The Argonauts are 2-6 in
front of the home side this season and will be looking to rebound
following a tough Week 19 27-24 setback in Montreal. With a victory,
Toronto can sweep the season series following a dominant 46-17
performance in Week 13 and a 28-21 win in Week 18. The REDBLACKS will
attempt to find their way back into the win column to halt a nine-game
Having already locked down a playoff date as the crossover
team, Edmonton will close the season with a back-to-back series against
the Roughriders beginning at home this week at 7 p.m. ET. The Eskimos
have compiled a 5-3 record at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium
this season, including a 19-6 win over BC when the team last played in
Week 18. Saskatchewan enters Week 20 knotted alongside Calgary at the top
the division, having won four of its five past games. The Roughriders
will need a victory to keep pace in the tightly-contested race to secure
a home playoff date in the West.
107TH GREY CUP PLAYOFF
Calgary Win OR Tie = Calgary clinches a home playoff date
Calgary Win AND Saskatchewan Loss = Calgary clinches first
place in the division and the right to host the Western Final on November
Saskatchewan Win OR Tie OR Winnipeg Loss OR Tie =
Saskatchewan clinches a home playoff date
Calgary clinched its 15th consecutive playoff
appearance in Week 15.
Winnipeg secured its fourth straight spot in the
post-season in Week 15.
Saskatchewan claimed a post-season berth for the third
consecutive year in Week 16.
Montreal earned its first playoff spot since 2014 in Week
17 and claimed Eastern Semi-final hosting duties in Week 18.
After reserving the right to host a home playoff date for
a second year-in-a-row in Week 15, Hamilton secured home field for the
Eastern Final in Week 18.
Edmonton clinched a playoff berth as the crossover team in
Week 18 and will head to the post-season for the fifth time in six
Winnipeg can still host a playoff game if the team defeats
Calgary this week and the Stampeders lose to BC in Week 21.
A Winnipeg victory this week, a Calgary loss next week and
two Saskatchewan losses would result in a three-way tie atop the West
Division at 11-7. The common record between the three teams and the
higher winning percentage will then serve as the tie-breaker. In this
Saskatchewan: 2-3 (.400)
2019 marks the fourth consecutive year in which a team has
crossed over – a new CFL record.
The 2015 edition of the Argonauts finished 10-8 and was
the last 3rd-place East Division team to advance to the
post-season. Winnipeg finished fourth in the West that season with a 5-13
At 2-1, Edmonton is the only crossover team with a winning
record since the rule came into effect in 1996.
Montreal is a perfect 3-0 when hosting the crossover team
Hamilton’s 13th win of the season in Week 19
set a new franchise record.
The previous franchise mark of 12 was set in 1989 and
matched in 1998 – both of those teams finished first in the East Division
and went on to win the Grey Cup.
This season marks the 20th time that Hamilton
will finish atop the division. The team will host the Eastern Final for
the first time since 2014 and the third time since 1998.
With two games remaining, Head Coach Orlondo Steinauer has
an opportunity to tie the record for most wins by a first-year head coach
(15). Dave Dickenson set the mark in 2016 with a record of 15-2-1.
Brandon Banks (101) needs four more receptions to set a
new single-season franchise mark in receptions. Luke Tasker set the
record in 2017 with 104. This season, Banks has already become the third
Ticat to reach the 100-catch mark behind Tasker and Andy Fantuz (101 in
Simoni Lawrence is nine tackles shy of his first
100-tackle season in the CFL. He sits No. 28 on the all-time list with
In Week 21, Hamilton will have the opportunity to finish
with a 9-0 home record. The last team to finish undefeated at home was
Calgary in 2016.
Quarterbacks rushing: Chris Streveler is 6th in
the league with 726 rushing yards and Cody Fajardo sits 7th
(610). The top rushing QBs in the past five seasons:
2018: Mike Reilly (595)
2017: Jeremiah Masoli (446)
2016: Mike Reilly (406)
2015: Brett Smith (444)
2014: Mike Reilly (616)
Streveler’s rank (6th) is the highest by a
quarterback since 2013 when Mike Reilly finished 5th.
Streveler’s standing is also the highest in Winnipeg history.
S.J. Green needs 20 yards to record his 7th-career
1,000+ yard season. Should Green reach the mark, he would rank No. 10
all-time in 1,000-yard seasons.
Through 19 weeks, 10 players have recorded 1,000+
receiving yard seasons. In CFL history, the milestone has been reached on
476 occasions by 188 different receivers.
Sean Whyte (86.95%) has overtaken Rene Paredes (86.92%)
and Justin Medlock (86.4%) as the all-time leader in field goal
Both Edmonton starters own .500 records this season.
Trevor Harris is 6-6 and Logan Kilgore is 2-2.
The last-time Montreal was two games above .500 this late
in the season was in 2012 (10-6). They have not reached
double-digit wins since that year.
With a win this week, Montreal can claim the season series
against Hamilton for the first time since 2015.
Lewis Ward made a career-long 56-yard field goal against
Hamilton last week. He was also 4-for-4 after going 5-for-8 in the three
Cody Farjardo has 11 wins this season as a first-year
starting QB. Kenny Ploen set the record with a 12-4 mark in 1957.
Eugene Lewis is 17-yards shy of his first-career
1,000-receiving yard season.
Bryan Burnham, Brandon Banks and Reggie Begelton are tied
for the league-lead in receiving touchdowns (10). Seven of Begelton’s 10
majors have come in two games (Four in Week 10 and three in Week 19).
Banks leads the league in 100+ receiving yard-games (7).
He has 17 in the past two seasons.
Winston Rose entered the season with five career
interceptions in 22 games. Through 17 contests in 2019, he leads the
league with nine.
Zach Collaros will make his first start for the Winnipeg
Blue Bombers on Friday night. His last start came as a member of the
Roughriders in this year’s season-opener. He is 34-32 as a starter,
including a 3-4 mark against Calgary.
Adam Bighill has 668 career tackles and sits No. 10
Winnipeg ranks first in the league with more than 150
rushing yards per game – the most by a Blue Bombers squad since 1976.
Winnipeg tops the league in defending the run, allowing
65.4 rushing yards per game. In CFL history, only the 1995 Calgary
Stampeders allowed fewer rushing yards per game (54.5).
Calgary leads the league with a +11 turnover ratio,
followed by Hamilton (+9) and Winnipeg (+8).
Edmonton has recorded the most penalties in the league
with 182. Saskatchewan follows with 168.
56% of games this season have been decided in the final
Montreal has the most wins (3) when trailing at the
beginning of the fourth quarter.
Ottawa and Montreal have each suffered three losses when
recording fewer turnovers than the opposition.
Since Week 9, Hamilton and Calgary have identical 6-1
Just a beautiful weekend for CFL football. Friday night football and then the triple header Saturday. I'll be passed out by halftime of Rider game
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