CFL 2013: By The Numbers

Art Aronson | Jun 23, 2013 | ARCHIVE

The 2013 regular season starts on June 27th as the Montreal Alouettes are in Winnipeg to take on the Blue Bombers at the new Investors Group Field. 

For you die hard CFL Fans, there have been two rule changes in 2013. Coaches can now use both of their time outs at any point during regulation time of a game as long as they don’t use more than one after the 3-minute warning has sounded in the second half of the contest (previously coaches were only allowed to use one time out per half). Coaches will now also be allowed to challenge the result of a field goal attempt or extra-point attempt.

For you American fans the most important rule to keep in mind is that the CFL uses just three downs. This of course makes it a pass-first league (FACT: at least 50% of starting CFL pivots reach 4,000 yards passing every season).

And in case you forgot, the Toronto Argonauts are the defending Grey Cup Champions who were led to the title on the arm of offseason acquisition QB Ricky Ray from Edmonton.

The best way to make an educated guess about the future is to look at and study past statistics. And "recent" stats are always the best.

I've gone ahead and compiled the most important numbers from 2012:

East Division

Montreal Alouettes (11-7 SU, 8-10 ATS, 9-8-1 O/U)

Offense: No. 4 in the league with an average of 386.3 yards per game.

Defense: No. 3 in the league with an average of 374.1 yards per game.


Toronto Argonauts (9-9 SU, 9-9 ATS, 8-10 O/U) *Defending Grey Cup Champions

Offense: No. 5 in the league with an average of 374.8 yards per game.

Defense: No. 5 in the league with an average of 380.1 yards per game.


Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-12 SU, 9-9 ATS, 7-10-1 O/U)

Offense: No. 8 in the league with an average of 357.4 yards per game.

Defense: No. 6 in the league with an average of 394.2 yards per game.


Hamilton Tiger Cats (6-12 SU, 9-9 ATS, 13-5 O/U)

Offense: No. 2 in the league with an average of 397.8 yards per game.

Defense: No. 7 in the league with an average of 424.5 yards per game.


West Division

BC Lions (13-5 SU, 9-9 ATS, 6-12 O/U)

Offense: No. 1 in the league with an average of 403.0 yards per game.

Defense: No. 1 in the league with an average of 313.7 yards per game.


Calgary Stampeders (12-6 SU, 10-8 ATS, 10-8 O/U)

Offense: No. 3 in the league with an average of 391.4 yards per game.

Defense: No. 4 in the league with an average of 374.2 yards per game.


Saskatchewan Roughriders (8-10 SU, 8-10 ATS, 9-9 O/U)

Offense: No. 6 in the league with an average of 370.9 yards per game.

Defense: No. 2 in the league with an average of of 352.6 yards per game.


Edmonton Eskimos (7-11 SU, 10-8 ATS, 10-6-2 O/U)

Offense: No. 7 in the league with an average of 363.3 yards per game.

Defense: No. 8 in the league with an average of 431.7 yards per game.


Top 5 Passers

  1. Henry Burris (Hamilton): 5367
  2. Anthony Calvillo (Montreal): 5082
  3. Travis Lulay (BC): 4231
  4. Kevin Glenn (Calgary): 4220
  5. Ricky Ray (Toronto): 4059

Top 5 Rushers

  1. Jon Cornish (Calgary): 1457
  2. Kory Sheets (Saskatchewan): 1277
  3. Andrew Harris (BC): 1112
  4. Chad Simpson (Winnipeg): 1039
  5. Hugh Charles (Edmonton): 887

Top 5 Receiving Yards

  1. Chad Owens (Toronto): 1328
  2. Fred Stamps (Edmonton): 1310
  3. Chris Williams (Hamilton): 1298
  4. Nik Lewis (Calgary): 1233
  5. Weston Dressler (Saskatchewan): 1206

2012 ATS Trends

  • Away Teams: 35-41-1
  • Home Teams: 41-35-1
  • Favorites: 32-43-1
  • Dogs: 43-32-1
  • Away Favorites: 6-14-0
  • Away Dogs: 29-26-1
  • Home Dogs: 14-6

2012 Over vs. Under Trends

  • Overtime Games: 1-0 O/U
  • Non-Overtime Games: 39-35 O/U
  • All Games: 40-35 O/U