The 2005 Renegades vs the 2017 Redblacks (a statistical look)

If you really want to be impressed with everything the Redblacks organization has accomplished in their four year existence, look no further than where the Ottawa Renegades were in their fourth year. It’s a stark contrast that really becomes evident when you break down the numbers.

After four seasons, the Renegades had 23 wins, 49 losses and played in a whopping zero playoff games.

As for the Redblacks, in that same span, they complied a 30-40-2 regular season record, went 3-2 in the playoffs and 1-1 in Grey Cup appearances.

For the purposes of this article, let’s take a look at how the Renegades’ swan song compares to the Redblacks’ 2017 campaign.

Game One:

Renegades lose in Edmonton 41-16

Redblacks tie Calgary at home 31-31

Game Two:

The Renegades win at home (in epic fashion) over Montreal 39-36 (2OT)

The Redblacks lose in Calgary, 43-39

Game Three:

Renegades lose in BC 37-29

Redblacks lose at home vs Toronto 26-25

Game Four:

Renegades win at home vs Calgary 33-18

Redblacks lose in Edmonton 23-21

Game Five:

Renegades lose at home vs Edmonton 29-21

Redblacks win at home vs Montreal 24-19

Game Six:

Renegades win in Saskatchewan 21-16

Redblacks lose in Toronto 27-24

Game Seven:

Renegades win in Hamilton 28-12

Redblacks lose at home vs Winnipeg 33-30

Game Eight:

Renegades win at home vs Saskatchewan 22-17

Redblacks lose at home vs Edmonton 27-20

Game Nine:

Renegades lose in Winnipeg 38-17

Redblacks win in Hamilton 37-18

Game Ten:

Renegades lose in Montreal 41-18

Redblacks win at home vs BC 31-24

Game Eleven:

Renegades lose at home vs BC 62-27

Redblacks win in Montreal 32-4

Game Twelve:

Renegades lose at home vs Winnipeg 37-21

Redblacks lose at home vs Hamilton 26-22

Game Thirteen:

Renegades lose in Calgary 45-23

Redblacks win in Montreal 29-11

Game Fourteen:

Renegades lose in Toronto 29-18

Redblacks lose in Winnipeg 29-9

Game Fifteen:

Renegades win at home vs Hamilton 43-21

Redblacks lose at home vs Saskatchewan 18-17

Game Sixteen:

Renegades lose in Hamilton 40-32

Redblacks win in BC 30-25

Game Seventeen:

Renegades lose at home vs Montreal 43-23

Redblacks win in Saskatchewan 33-32

Game Eighteen:

Renegades win at home vs Toronto 27-17

Redblacks win at home vs Hamilton 41-36

Final Regular Season Records:

The Renegades went 7-11 with 458 Points For and 578 Points Against equaling a difference of -120

The Redblacks went 8-9-1 with 495 Points For and 452 Points Against equaling a difference of +43


The Renegades finished 3rd in the East and failed to qualify for the postseason

The Redblacks finished 2nd in the East and lost against a crossover Saskatchewan team in the East Semi-Final


Renegades: 0 sellouts with an average crowd of 18,489

Redblacks: 8 sellouts with an average crowd of 24,481 (including the East Semi-Final)

Quick Takeaways:

The Renegades averaged 25.4 points a game, scoring more than 20 points in fourteen games, more than 30 in three and more than 40 once.

The Redblacks averaged 27.5 points a game, scoring more than 20 points in sixteen games, more than 30 nine times, and more than 40 once.

The Renegades gave up 32.1 points a game to the Redblacks’ 25.1 points per game and were blown out seven times to the Redblacks one (A blow out meaning losing by 14 or more points)

The Renegades standard margin of victory was 10.8 points while their standard margin of loss was 17.8 points.

The Redblacks standard margin of victory was 11 points while their standard margin of loss was 5 points.

The Renegades lost zero games by three points or less while the Redblacks lost five games by a field goal or less.

The Renegades had seventeen players play in every game, whereas the Redblacks had nineteen.

Both teams longest winning streak was three games.

The Renegades worst losing streak was six games vs the Redblacks’ three

Individual Stat Leaders:


Kerry Joseph threw for 4466 yards with 25 TDs, 23 INTs and a 62.8% completion rate


Trevor Harris throwing for 4679 yards with 39 TDs, 11 INTs and a 69.6% completion rate


Josh Ranek rushed for 1157 yards and 5 TDs while averaging 5.4 yards per carry


William Powell rushing for 1026 yards and 5 TDs while averaging 5.9 yards per carry


Jason Armstead made 85 catches for 1307 yards and 5 TDs


Greg Ellingson making 96 catches for 1459 yards and 12 TDs

Defensive tackles:

Kyries Hebert made 66 tackles vs Taylor Reed making 94


Korey Banks hauled in 10 INTs vs Antoine Pruneau making 4


Anthony Collier had 12 sacks vs Avery Ellis having 6

Special Teams Tackles:

Kyries Hebert made 29 tackles on special teams, just like Keelan Johnson

Field goals:

Matt Kellett converted 25/36 FG attempts and 33/37 PATs


Brett Maher converting 41/50 FGs and 19/25 PATs


Pat Fleming punted 93 times for 3848 yards, averaging 41.4 yards per kick


Brett Maher punting 111 times for 5189 yards, for 46.7 yards per kick

Player Awards (All-Stars):

Renegades: Jason Armstead and Korey Banks

Redblacks: Greg Ellingson

Santino Filoso

Santino Filoso

Born and raised in the 613, Santino has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know.)
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Born and raised in the 613, Santino has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know.)

24 Comments on The 2005 Renegades vs the 2017 Redblacks (a statistical look)

  1. Edward Leslie // April 21, 2018 at 3:07 pm //

    Santino: Very good breakdown of all stats comparison between the two Ottawa franchises.

    Expansion teams USED TO be gawd awful teams that stayed bad for years: See the Ottawa Senators!
    The Redblacks changed that perception with their quick ascention. The NHL Vegas Golden Knights have set the bar even higher, being one of the top teams this season and making the playoffs in their first season, ahead of five Canadian teams and ten
    other US teams.

    Just one gripe about the article: using the American term, “PATS” rather than Converts. Are we to expect coffin corner kicks to be referred to as “fair catch” or “CFL touchbacks” next???

  2. The entry draft of the RedBlacks was in my opinion the reason they have done well. They came into the league loaded, instant competitiveness. Not entirely fair to the other clubs perhaps.

    • They did win the cup, granted
      But really this team has only done “well” because of the terrible state of the Eastern division.

      • George fogarty // April 21, 2018 at 5:16 pm //

        Wha, wha wha. Always with the same comments from a chokesteder fan.

        • It’s true George , every team in the east has a chance , don’t even need a winning record to win the division and get an undeserved home playoff game to get to the show

          • George Fogarty // April 21, 2018 at 6:09 pm //

            Last two years the Choke-steders made it to the finals only to lose to an Eastern team. Hopefully this year Mr. Blue Jeans can finally win it.

        • What have I said that’s not true? You’ve been .500 and sub.500 that last 2 years……what do you what me to say?

      • You’re a loser

    • Capital Football // April 22, 2018 at 3:24 pm //

      If you look at the expansion draft results and tell me that alone made the team successful, then you’re probably the one that’s loaded.

      It’s an assumption people make because the team reached the cup in its second year, but it’s completely false. The team went 2-16 for a reason. Its receivers were garbage. It wasn’t until they landed a bunch of free agents the following year that they became a contender. The expansion draft had little to do with it. They Redblacks didn’t get fat off Matt Carter and Carltion Mitchell. Some of those guys never even played a down in Ottawa.

  3. Scottsask // April 21, 2018 at 3:59 pm //

    The entry draft for the Redblacks was exceptional. I think it was fair to the other teams because everyone had to protect the same amount of players. This in fact was where the Brendan Taman completely dropped the ball for the Riders leaving All Star Keith Shologan as well as his backup and future All Star Zac Evans unprotected, giving the Redblacks 2 Canadian starters right off the bat. Add in the fact that they picked up Henry Burris and Trevor Harris giving them 2 bonafide qbs. They had some growing pains in their first year, but turned the tables exceptionally quickly. Lastly a great coaching staff fan base and stadium development rounds things out. Great job Ottawa, so happy you’re back! Now let’s bring on that tenth team!!

  4. Bah. I don’t think it’s worth comparing the RedBlacks to the Renegades. The Rens were a circus, entertaining in the way a NASCAR multi-car pile-up may be. The RBs have been built and managed well with great consideration for the local fanbase, and serve as a fine example of how to resurrect a sports franchise compared to that previous poor one.

  5. Green&Gold // April 21, 2018 at 7:52 pm //

    Where is Lonnie?

  6. greenenvy? // April 21, 2018 at 8:01 pm //

    Slow newsday? Tomorrow the 1st year of the Concorde vs the 1st year of the reborn Als. Is this just a way of pumping the RB’s tires going into the season? Not sure of the point.

  7. bill dehoog // April 22, 2018 at 8:46 am //

    no question the Redblacks have done great
    Be interesting to see comparisons for stats yer over year for the Redblacks
    Great job done by Marcel, Rick and the gang
    Should have another great year

  8. Doug Mc Clintock // April 22, 2018 at 9:48 am //

    Just a note, sport announcers in my city voted the name Redblacks the worse name they ever heard of for a team. I agree

  9. The big difference is the opponent quality. Renegades faced high flying Montreal with Anthony Calvillo in his prime. Redblacks haven’t had anything in the east that compares. In the NFL the stats and playoffs would be much different for Miami, NYJ, Buffalo if they didn’t have a dominant Patriot team for so long. Not convinced that the redblacks team would have been to grey cup if they faced the mtl team the renegades did.

  10. bill dehoog // April 22, 2018 at 9:05 pm //

    people get over the west bias.Redblacks have done very well, don’t overspend and are well positioned again this yer.
    I love that name Redblacks
    Remember the Redblacks have played the tough western teams well
    Should be a great season coming up

    • They have the stamps number, that’s for sure. Something about those Campbell coaches owning Calgary.

  11. Dick Dinelle // April 23, 2018 at 10:08 pm //

    The one glaring stat that has been missed is the number of home wins for the Redblacks. They have not done well in the 4 seasons – less than 18 wins at home. Percentage wise I believe the Renegades did better though I don’t have access to the stats.

  12. It’s telling to see that the RedBlacks outshone the Renegades on offense and special teams, but not on defense. Hopefully Noel Thorpe can turn around that portion of our game in 2018.

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