THIS WEEK IN THE CFL – WEEK 7
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 — Week 7 begins Thursday night when the Toronto Argonauts host the Calgary Stampeders, who visit BMO Field for the first time since last November’s 104th Grey Cup presented by Shaw. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Friday Night features a pair of games. At 7:00 p.m. ET, the Ottawa REDBLACKS come off a bye week to host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who are flying high following Week 6’s thrilling comeback victory. The second game has the Hamilton Tiger-Cats continuing their Alberta road trip when they visit the undefeated Edmonton Eskimos. Coverage begins at 9:30 pm ET.
Week 7 finishes in BC where the Lions look to bounce back from their loss to Edmonton when they play the Saskatchewan Roughriders at 7:00 pm ET.
COMEBACK FOR THE AGES
- On Thursday night, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers stormed back late in the game to beat the Montreal Alouettes 41-40.
- In the final 48 seconds of the game Winnipeg was able to score a touchdown, recover an onside kick and score another touchdown with zeros on the clock.
- The closest parallel to last week’s comeback was also executed by Winnipeg over Montreal on Oct. 17, 1999, when Winnipeg scored 13 points in the final 0:59.
- Since 2005, there have been five occasions where the final play of the game was a game-winning touchdown:
|Jul 27/17||Winnipeg||Montreal||41-40||Andrew Harris 1-yd run.|
|Jul 31/14||Winnipeg||Hamilton||27-26||Drew Willy 2-yd TD pass to Nic Grigsby|
|Oct 29/10||Montreal||Toronto||37-30||Dahrran Diedrick fumble recovery for a TD|
|Jul 20/06||Winnipeg||Edmonton||25-22||Kevin Glenn 100-yd TD pass to Milt Stegall|
|Oct 16/05||Montreal||BC||46-44||Anthony Calvillo 20-yd TD pass to Dave Stala|
- Nik Lewis (1,011) is now seven receptions shy of sole possession of second place on the all-time receptions list. He needs six catches to tie Ben Cahoon (1,017) and 18 to catch Geroy Simon (1,029).
- Kevin Glenn (50,427) is 109 passing yards away from passing Ron Lancaster (50,535) for sixth all-time. Fifth on the list, Danny McManus, is 2,828 yards ahead of Glenn.
- Ricky Ray (16,634) has become the Argonauts’ all-time passing leader surpassing long-time record holder Condredge Holloway (16,619).
- Ray also became the Argos’ all-time leader in passing attempts 2,020) surpassing Holloway (1,989) and is only four touchdown passes away from becoming the club’s outright all-time leading passer.
- Andrew Harris has made 37 receptions in five games – he’s averaging 7.4 per game and is on pace for 133 for the season. That is far ahead of the CFL record for running backs: 102, set by Craig Ellis in 1985.
- Darian Durant (30,247 yards passing) needs only 62 more yards to pass Tom Burgess (30,308) and join the Top 15 all-time; Durant needs 135 more yards to pass Sam Etcheverry (30,381) for #14.
ONE EMPIRE UNDEFEATED
- Edmonton is the lone undefeated team in the CFL. They became the 25th team in history to start the season 5-0 and this is the fourth time (1961, 1980, 2011 and now 2017) they have done so.
- Since 1948, 24 teams (one in ever 25 teams, or just 4%) have started the season 5-0.
- A team that has started 5-0 has NEVER missed the playoffs; seven of these teams (29%) went on to win the Grey Cup.
- The cumulative season-ending record of those 24 teams is 285-107-4.725
- 14 of the 24 teams to start the season 5-0 were able to extend their streak to 6-0.
- Calgary has started 5-0 the most in the CFL, doing so six times (1948, 1949, 1971, 1991, 1993 and 1995).
- In Ottawa’s four losses, the combined margin of loss is 10 points (2.5 points per game). They have had five games decided by four points or fewer. The record for most games decided by four points or fewer in a season is nine, achieved twice by Edmonton and once by Ottawa in 1993.
- Montreal’s 183 rushing yards in Thursday’s game against Winnipeg was the second-most for a team in a single game. They had three rushers with 40+ yards: Brandon Rutley (76), Stefan Logan (48) and Jean-Christophe Beaulieu (42). Calgary trumped this record on Saturday night after they rushed for 188 yards led by Jerome Messam’s 91 yards on the ground.
- Streak Ended: Calgary’s Marquay McDaniel’s streak of 78 consecutive games with a reception ended on Saturday night. His streak began on August 25, 2012 versus Saskatchewan.
- Winnipeg’s Justin Medlock’s streak of 50 straight made field goals from inside the 40 ended after missing a 37-yard attempt in the fourth quarter.
- Mike Reilly’s streak of 220 consecutive pass attempts dating back to 2016 ended with two interceptions against the BC Lions in Week 6.
- Andrew Buckley’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Parker was the first in his young career. It marked the first touchdown pass by a Canadian university product since Larry Jusdanis (Acadia) did it for Hamilton in 1996. It was also the first-time in CFL history that one Calgary Dino had thrown a touchdown pass to another.
- Ray extended his streak of games with 300+ passing yards to six after passing for 386 yards versus Saskatchewan. His throwing totals are: 506, 323, 366, 330, 367 and 386. Ray is on pace for 6,846 passing yards. That would be an all-time record passing Doug Flutie’s mark of 6,619 set in 1991.
- Returns: Roy Finch’s 97-yard punt return on Saturday was the second-longest in Calgary franchise history. It was the fourth punt-return touchdown in the CFL this season.
- Rushing for 100+: Cameron Marshall rushed for 110 yards on 18 carries (6.1 yards per carry) against the Argonauts. It marked the fourth game this season a player has rushed for 100+ yards. Jerome Messam, Travon Van and John White are the other players to eclipse the 100+ yard mark.
- Big Play Cunningham: Montreal’s BJ Cunningham is among the top 25 leaders in receiving yards and owns the largest average per catch with 18.3. He is the only player to average over 18 yards per reception.
- This week’s Toronto vs Calgary game feature’s the top offences going head-to-head. Calgary averages 420.2 yards of net offence per game while Toronto averages 401.5.
Picture by John Bradley