Coming into focus: The CFL playoffs are a little clearer

Coming into focus: The CFL playoffs are a little clearer

We recently started to focus on who will be in and who will be out of the upcoming CFL playoffs. ninetynineyards.com/CFLplayoffs

As discussed in the previous post, we already know that Toronto and Montreal won’t be making an appearance. Previously we knew four teams were definitely in. Now we can add another as the BC Lions win over Edmonton clinched them a playoff place.

Who’s definitely in?

  • Calgary Stampeders
  • Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • Ottawa REDBLACKS
  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • BC Lions

Who’s definitely out?

  • Montreal Alouettes
  • Toronto Argonauts

Who’s on the bubble?

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • Edmonton Eskimos

What happens now?

The East is pretty straightforward. Ottawa and Hamilton are both in the playoffs. Ottawa currently holds the tie-breaker with two wins over Hamilton, one earlier in the season and one this week. If Ottawa win OR tie the upcoming rematch in Hamilton this week then Ottawa clinches first place in the East Division and will host the Eastern Final on November 18.

If that happens then Hamilton will have to make do with hosting the Eastern Semi-Final.

The Tiger-Cats have a long-shot chance at top spot in the East. For that to happen, Hamilton would need to win its final two games against Ottawa and Montreal. Then they would need to see Ottawa lose their final game against the Argos.

The West is much more complicated. There are a whole host of permutations around who will play where in the upcoming post-season. As we noted last week, this could provide one of the most tense run-ins to the post-season in recent memory.

As it stands in the West, if Calgary win OR tie, or Saskatchewan lose OR tie then the Stamps will secure first place in the West division again and will host the Western Final.

If Saskatchewan win OR tie then they will secure a home playoff date. If Winnipeg win OR tie they will clinch the last playoff spot and Edmonton will be out. Also if Winnipeg were to win and BC lose then the Bombers would finish third and the Lions would crossover. This will be the third year in a row that a Western team crosses over in the playoffs.

With their loss to the BC Lions, Edmonton find their own future in the hands of others. They need Winnipeg to lose to Calgary this weekend to stay in with a chance of making it in to the post-season.

There are only 2 weeks of the season left and a lot is still up in the air. It’s going to be thrilling, tense, fun finish. It’s going to be a lot of fun watching it all unfold.

 

All images originally from cfl.ca

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