CFL Preview - British Columbia (9-5) at Calgary (11-3)
From The Sports Network
By Gregg Xenakes, CFL Editor
DATE & TIME: Friday, October 11, 9 p.m. (et).
GAME NOTES: There is much still to be determined when it comes to postseason
positioning for the 101st Grey Cup Playoffs, which is why the meeting between
the British Columbia Lions and the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium on
Friday night is so crucial.
Both clubs have already locked up postseason berths, but at the moment Calgary
is in the driver's seat with the best overall record in the league and a four-
point advantage over both BC and Saskatchewan in the West Division standings.
A combination of a Calgary win and a Saskatchewan loss this week would give
the Stamps a home playoff game, but a matchup between these two squads in Week
19 to close out the regular season could still have major postseason
Neither one of these teams has bowed in back-to-back games here in 2013, but
that stat will be in jeopardy on Friday given that the Lions were taken out by
Saskatchewan last week in a 31-17 final.
In having their three-game win streak snapped, the Lions watched Thomas
DeMarco complete 19-of-36 pass attempts for 286 yards and a score, but he was
intercepted three times and sacked on five occasions. DeMarco actually ended
up as the second-leading rusher for BC with 25 net yards on three carries.
Nick Moore caught five passes for 92 yards, including a 15-yard TD in the
second half, but in all honesty there was no way the Lions were going to
overcome 13 penalties for a loss of 138 yards. Granted, Saskatchewan also
punished itself with seven infractions for 118 yards, but the Roughriders
didn't have the turnover issues as well.
Calgary, a winner in two straight and six of the last seven, came up big
against Winnipeg last week in a 38-11 final at home. An impressive 6-1 on
their own field this season, the Stampeders led 25-4 at the break and never
looked back thanks to the efforts of running back Jon Cornish who erupted for
208 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, adding another 24 yards on two
Now the league's leading rusher with 1,415 yards on 200 attempts, leading to
10 touchdowns which ties him with Kory Sheets for the lead in that department,
Cornish was not only named the Canadian Player of the Week, he also garnered
Offensive Player of the Week honors as well.
Cornish is also the league leader in terms of yards from scrimmage with an
even 1,700 at the moment.
While Cornish was beating up on the Blue Bombers on the ground, Kerry Glenn
was going after defenders through the air as he completed all but eight of his
29 pass attempts, leading to 320 yards and two touchdowns. Marquay McDaniel
caught five passes for 123 yards and a score, while Joe West turned his
eight receptions into 120 yards for the victors.
And let's not forget Calgary kicker Rene Paredes who made good on all three of
his field goal attempts and finished with 13 points the last time out.
Paredes, who earlier this season set the CFL record for consecutive field
goals made, continues to lead the league in scoring with 166 points, 21 ahead
of his closest competitor.
Because Glenn didn't throw any interceptions and the Stamps didn't fumble the
ball away, the team is still the best in the business when it comes to
turnover margin through 15 games. Tied for third in takeaways with 39, Calgary
is the best when it comes to not giving the ball up in the first place,
suffering just 21 turnovers which means the team's plus-18 in that category
outweighs every other program at the moment.
Due to the fact that they limit their mistakes and capitalize on the
misfortunes of others, the Stampeders are first in the league in time of
possession (32:44 per game), and that has helped them to generate a CFL-best
These teams, scheduled to play each other a total of four times during the
2013 regular season, have split their first two encounters. Calgary captured a
44-32 victory in the season opener back in late June and BC returned the favor
in the middle of August with a 26-22 triumph at home.
With those results the Stamps now lead the all-time series by a count of
96-78-5, taking into account only regular-season meetings going back to 1954.
Calgary has won two of the last three matchups, but BC has taken five of the
Hitting on all cylinders throughout the season, this is not the time for the
Stamps to take their foot off the gas. In fact, going full throttle for the
next couple of weeks and coming away with victories would more than likely
earn them some much-needed time to rest before the important games come into
play, so that should be all the motivation they need this week.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Calgary 31, British Columbia 22
10/09 11:15:49 ET
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