- High & Lows: No club in 2012 went through more highs and lows than the Riders. They started 3-0, lost 5 consecutive games, went 5-1 after that, then finished with a 4-game losing streak.
- New Territory: Saskatchewan will be trying to do what no team has ever done before … make the Grey Cup, miss the playoffs and then win the Grey Cup the very next year. The Riders lost in 2010 and were out of the playoffs last year altogether, so a win in 2012 will be a CFL first for any club.
- 4-game losing streak: The current 4-game streak is the longest season-ending run of losses for the Riders since 1999 when they finished 3-15 losing the last 9. In a playoff year, the previous longest year-end losing streaks of two games were in 1951when they went on to reach the Grey Cup vs Ottawa, and in 2002.
- Corey Chamblin: The Riders’ first-year head coach will be competing with Mike Benevides and Scott Milanovich to become Grey Cup winners in their first season, and the first to do that since John Hufnagel in 2008 and Kent Austin in 2007.
- Rider Defence: The club’s defence ended up #2 in many defensive categories including yards allowed (334), fewest first downs (19.6), pass defence (255 yards), and points per game allowed by defence only (21.9).
- Lead Changes / Last 3:00: Over the three games this year vs Calgary there were 9 lead changes including a CFL seasonhigh of 6 on Jul 19/12 in their 41-38 loss at Calgary. The lead changed hands 3 times in their most recent win over the Stampeders and all three games were decided in the final 3:00 of play. That win snapped a 7-game Calgary win streak vs SSK.
- Chris Getzlaf & Kory Sheets: Two of Getzlaf’s three best receiving games in 2012 came against Calgary. In three games he caught 17 passes for 223 yards and one TD vs the Stamps in 2012. Kory Sheets rushed for totals of 72, 74 and 58 yards against Calgary averaging 5.8 yards per carry. He had a 20+ yard run in each game but caught just 4 passes in the 3 game season set.
- Darian Durant vs CGY: Has a 4-8-1 regular season record as a starter against Calgary and in 2012 threw for an average of 221 yards with 4 TD passes. Durant is undefeated against Calgary in the playoffs in two starts with a 100.7 passer rating, 5 TD passes and 384 total yards in just 61 attempts.
- Last half of 2012 / Back to 2008: The Stamps recorded their best second half of any season since 2008 going 7-2 and overall have won 9 of their last 11 games. They are 19-7-1 in October/November regular season games since 2008 and overall have the best record in the CFL since 2008 at 59-30-1.
- Playoff Recent Run: The Stamps have lost their last three playoff games and have won just one post-season game since their 2008 Grey Cup triumph (2009 West Semi-Final vs Edmonton. They are 2-6 in their last 8 playoff games back to 2002.
- Jon Cornish: The Stamps’ record-setting running back can become the first Canadian to win the M/O Player Award since Tony Gabriel in 1978 and the first RB since Mike Pringle in 1998. Gabriel and Russ Jackson are the only other Canadians to win the CFL’s top individual award. Calgary players have dominated the West nomination winning 14 times in the last 21 years. In last year’s loss at Edmonton in the West S/F, Cornish ran for 127 yards on 14 carries with a TD. He had four 10+ yard runs and two of 20+.
- Nik Lewis: The Stamps’ all-star receiver caught a career-high 100 passes to lead the CFL in 2012 along with 34 for clutch first downs (#1 also). Last year vs Edmonton in the playoffs, he was held to 2 catches for yards (none on 2nd down).
- Leading After Q3: Calgary went 9-0 in 2012 when leading after 45:00 and are 18-1 over the last two seasons.
- Taking Advantage of T/Os: Calgary the most of opponent turnovers in 2012 scoring 114 points from just 38 takeaways (3.0 pts per turnover). They ranked 2nd to Edmonton (118 pts off T/Os) and scored 5 defensive TDs in 2012.
- Drew Tate vs Saskatchewan: The Stamps projected starting QB this week has won his only career regular season start vs the Riders (Oct 21/11, 23-of-32 for 251 yards, 2 Ints and 1 TD). He has had two other brief appearances against Saskatchewan.
(Courtesy CFL statistician Steve Daniel)