107th Grey Cup

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats will meet Sunday in the 107th Grey Cup! Here is a look at how the teams match up on paper:

Winnipeg was last in passing averaging 212.2 yards a game. However, they were first in rushing at 147.9 yards a match-up. Hamilton placed first throwing the ball. They tossed for an average of 313.3 yards per game. The Ti-Cats ran the ball 100.4 yards a game, fourth in the league. Winnipeg’s turnover ratio was third at +7. Hamilton tied for second at +8. In red zone production Winnipeg was second at 67%. Hamilton finished in sixth with 57%. Winnipeg running back Andrew Harris rushed for 1,380 yards, averaging 6.1 yards a carry. Hamilton employed four different running backs totaling 1,160 yards, 5.1 yards each attempt.

In the post season Winnipeg worked with a dual quarterback system. Zach Collaros amassed 681 yards, four touchdowns, one interception and a 67.6% pass completion in three games. His partner Chris Streveler had 1,564 yards, 66.7% completion rate, eight touchdowns and fourteen interceptions. Hamilton’s quarterback, Dane Evans threw for 3,754 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. His completion percentage was 72.2%. This is Streveler and Evans first time in the Grey Cup. Collaros is 0-1 in the championship game.

Defensively, Winnipeg held opponents to 303.4 yards per game, sixth in the league. Winnipeg had the best rush defense averaging 64.2 yards. This is the lowest total since 1995 in the league. (I couldn’t an official stat, but it was achieved by the Calgary Stampeders). Winnipeg made 54 sacks, good for third place. They allowed 35 sacks, also third best in the league. Hamilton’s pass defense was 270.3 yards a game, fifth in the CFL. Against the rush they were third averaging 95 yards each week. Hamilton sacked opponents’ quarterbacks 54 times, second most. They were fourth in sacks allowed with 37. Winnipeg was the least penalized team in the league at 128. Hamilton had 159 penalties, fourth overall.

On special teams, the placekickers are evenly matched. Justin Medlock, the Blue Bombers kicker, connected on 86% of his field goal attempts. Hamilton’s kicker, Lirim Hajrullahu, hit 85.5% of his attempts.

Hamilton won both matches ups against Winnipeg in the regular season. These teams have met each other ten times in the Grey Cup with Winnipeg having the edge at six wins.

Grep Cup Prediction:

Hamilton Tiger Cats  30            Winnipeg Blue Bombers  26



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