101st Grey Cup

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As I predicted in June the Saskatchewan Roughriders will host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 101st Grey Cup contest. Let’s see how the teams match up statistically.

Offensively, the Riders averaged 266 passing yards a game fourth in the league. On the ground they were second with 129 yards. Hamilton’s offense is similar just reversed. They averaged 300 yards passing and 103 yards rushing; second and fourth in the league respectively. The two starting quarterbacks are equally efficient. Darian Durant completed 61.2% of his passes for 4,154 yards, 31 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Henry Burris was successful on 65.8% of his throws for 4,927 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions. Their quarterback efficiency ratings are 95.7 and 93.2 respectively. Darian Durant is 0-2 in two Grey Cup appearances, while Henry Burris is 1-0 in his Grey Cup experience.

Defensively, the two teams are statistically even matched. Saskatchewan’s pass defense was 252 yards a game (5th in league) while Hamilton was right behind in sixth with 270 yards per game. The Riders heEddie Russ, Greg Ellingsonld opponents to 95 yards rushing yards per game; third in the league. Hamilton was fourth with 99 yards rush defense a game. Quarterback sacks and turnovers are another story. The Riders were third in sacks both for and allowed with 57 and 47. Tiger-Cats’ quarterbacks were sacked a league-leading 65 times while their defense mustered only 35 sacks; the lowest in the league. Saskatchewan finished top of the league in giveaways/ takeaways with +19. Hamilton placed sixth with a net turnover rate of -13.

On special teams Chris Milo of the Roughriders completed 88.5% of his field goals. His counterpart in Hamilton, Luca Congi, connected on 75% of his attempts.

Historically, this is the 19th Grey Cup game for each team. Hamilton’s Grey Cup record is 8-10 and Saskatchewan’s is 3-15. The two teams have played each other 6 times in the Grey Cup, with Hamilton winning every year except in 1989.

I can’t wait for another thrilling Grey Cup contest!

Grey Cup Prediction:  Saskatchewan Roughriders 31    Hamilton Tiger-Cats 25

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