5 fast facts about tonight’s Tiger-Cats vs Stampeders game in Calgary.
Two hot teams. Hamilton has won 4 of their last 5 games, and are tying to win 5 of 6 for only the second time since 2001. Calgary has won 3 straight games and are on a 9 game winning streak at McMahon Stadium.
Struggling against the Stamps. The Ticats have not won a game in Calgary since head coach Greg Marshall & QB Danny McManus engineered a victory in 2004. Hamilton is 3-and-50 all-time vs the Stamps, including a dismal record of 9-and-32 in Calgary. By the way, the Stamps are 4-and-0 at home this season while Hamilton is 2-and-3 on the road.
Blazin’ hot Burris. Hamilton’s 38-year-old QB enters tonight’s game needing 217 yards to become only the fifth pivot in CFL history to reach the 50,000 yard plateau. All-time leader Anthony Calvillo (79,816), Damon Allen (72,381), Danny McManus (53,255) and Ron Lancaster (50,535) are the others. Toronto’s Ricky Ray is the next closest to the 50K club with 46,414 career passing yards. Smilin’ Hank has also thrown for more than 300 yards in four straight games. The last time he hit the mark in 5 straight games was in 2008 as a Stampeder.
Fast starters. In their last 8 games, the Ticats have given up just 15 points in the first quarter for a miniscule average of 2 points each game. In fact, Hamilton has allowed just 39 first quarter points this season, the stingiest stat in the CFL. Coupled with the 79 points they’ve scored in the opening period this season, the Cats are a league best +40 in the 1st quarter.
Chuckin’ it on 1st down. Hamilton’s offense loves to toss the rock on first down, leading the CFL with pass plays on 71% of their first down possessions compared to 29% run plays. That compares to the league average of 59% pass-41% run. Calgary averages a 54-46 pass/run split.
Remember to tune in to AM900 CHML for the Ticats Pre-Game Show at 8pm ET, kickoff is at 9 o’clock, and The 5th Quarter after the game.