There were just 3 games this weekend, but those games featured the latest iteration in some of the league’s most storied rivalries.
CFL SEASON WEEK 12 GAMES
Week 12 saw three games played over Sunday and Monday.
It all started with a ‘Battle of the Prairies’ as the West leading Bombers traveled to face a streaking Saskatchewan.
Finally we saw the latest iteration of the Battle of Alberta series as the Eskimos traveled to Calgary for the second time this season.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 17 at Saskatchewan Roughriders 19
This arguably went to form. Which seems a strange statement when you think that Winnipeg went into this in the clear as West Division leaders.
However, Saskatchewan has now won 14 of the past 15 editions of the Labour Day Classic (LDC). They now hold a record of 37-19 in that game.
Not only that but without their staring QB and their star running back suspended for 2 games Winnipeg had to struggle at some point. Even then this was a close one.
The Riders started fast to take an early 10-0 lead but this was mostly a defensive slug-fest between two good teams.
Winnipeg held their rivals to just 3 second half points but those points were key! Chris Streveler put the Bombers ahead with three minutes left on a third-down quarterback sneak and it looked like they might extend their West Division lead.
Cue fantastic on-field celebrations and joy in the stands. Winnipeg fans will hope for their own success in the return match-up next week.
Saskatchewan has now won six-straight games for the first time in since 2014.
Toronto Argonauts 27 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 38
Another LDC game. Another great contest. This time centered around a great Hamilton comeback as they overturned a 13 point halftime Argos lead.
The comeback was sparked by Hamilton’s starting quarterback Dane Evans who passed for a career-high 442 yards while improving to 5-1 as a starter.
Evans and Bralon Addison connected for two touchdowns with Addison catching 11 passes for 167 and two touchdowns.
Walker had his best game as an Argo with 9 catches for 203 yards and 2 touchdowns.
There were ejections early in the game and it was clear this was a match-up with a rivalry that means something at its heart.
Hamilton continue to be the team to beat in the East.
Edmonton Eskimos 9 at Calgary Stampeders 25
This was the least exciting of the LDC trio of games as Calgary controlled Edmonton and kept them out of the Endzone.
Carey had 16 carries for 143 yards and Begelton snagged 10 receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown.
Stand-in QB Nick Arbuckle has done a great job in Mitchell’s absence this season. He showed up again here too plunging over for a one yard touchdown run.
The Stamps’ D held Trevor Harris to just 216 passing yards while sacking him twice, recording, an interception and a turnover on downs after a goal line stand late in the fourth quarter.
Harris badly needs to find an answer against the Calgary D. His career record against the ‘Stamps is now 0-8-2 and they are the only CFL team he has yet to beat.
It feels like I’ve written this quite a few times this season, – all of Edmonton’s points came from the boot of Sean Whyte who was a perfect three-for-three on the day.
Following week 12 of the CFL season the inter-Divisional standings remain sat at 14-10 in favour of the West Division.
If the playoffs started now, Toronto, Ottawa and BC would sit at home watching whilst Edmonton would be the crossover team.
Week 13 of the CFL season will give us a full slate of 4 games again. It all kicks off with BC and Montreal both coming off a bye week to face each other.
Ottawa also come off a bye and will welcome the Argos into their stadium.
Those games are followed by a repeat of the rivalry match-ups. Winnipeg will look to avenge their LDC loss in the Banjo Bowl next week whilst Edmonton will look to change the result at home to Calgary.
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