Calgary Stampeders Chasing CFL History in Regular-Season Finale versus Montreal

By Ralph, Dan | The Canadian Press, October 26, 2016 | Go to article overview

Calgary Stampeders Chasing CFL History in Regular-Season Finale versus Montreal


Ralph, Dan, The Canadian Press


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Bo Levi Mitchell and the Calgary Stampeders will chase CFL history this weekend.

Calgary (15-1-1) visits the Montreal Alouettes on Sunday afternoon to conclude its regular season. A win would give the Stampeders the best regular-season record in CFL history, slightly better than the 16-2 mark the Edmonton Eskimos established in 1989.

But that year, Edmonton lost to eventual Grey Cup-champion Saskatchewan in the West Division playoffs. Mitchell and his teammates have said the regular-season accomplishments mean nothing unless Calgary can cap the 2016 campaign hoisting the Grey Cup next month at BMO Field.

Calgary hasn't lost since suffering a 20-18 road defeat to the B.C. Lions on June 25. The Stampeders are riding a 16-game unbeaten streak and have won 14 straight since a 26-26 tie with Ottawa on July 8.

Mitchell has been a big part of Calgary's success. He not only leads the CFL in passing with 5,385 yards but is also tops in TD strikes (32) as the Stampeders' offence is scoring a league-best average of 34 points per game.

Mitchell, the favourite for the CFL's outstanding player award, is more than just a one-man show. Calgary also boasts the league's rushing leader in Jerome Messam (1,162 yards, 5.8-yard average and a leading candidate for the top Canadian award) and the Stampeders' offensive line has allowed a league-low 18 sacks this season.

Calgary has already cemented top spot in the West but coach Dave Dickenson -- whose 15 wins is a CFL single-season record for a rookie head coach -- has incentive to go deep with his starters. The Stampeders not only have a bye next week but will watch the opening week of the CFL playoffs having already clinched home-field advantage for the West Division final.

Montreal (5-11) will miss the CFL playoffs but is coming off a 19-14 win over Saskatchewan as Vernon Adams Jr. was 11-of-24 passing for 177 yards and a TD in his CFL debut. But Calgary's defence is the league's stingiest, allowing just 20.7 points per game.

And the Stampeders are very adept at making life difficult for quarterbacks, having registered a CFL-high 49 sacks. …

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