Our CFL season catch up has reached week 13 and we are well on the way to the playoff run-in. For those teams that could make it every week will be critical from here on in.
It will be interesting to see where all the teams end up as the season run in accelerates over the next few weeks.
CFL SEASON WEEK 13 GAMES
Week 13 brought us another full slate of games. East Leading 9-2 Hamilton were the team on a bye this week.
The action started with BC coming off a bye to take on Montreal. This was followed by Toronto at Ottawa, the Banjo Bowl and the final Battle of Alberta of the 2019 regular season.
BC Lions 16 at Montreal Alouettes 21
BC went into this game with a seven-game winning streak versus Montreal. The Alouettes had not beaten the Lions since 2015 and had not done so at home since 2014.
However, the Lions were not offering fans much optimism because they were on a 3 game losing streak away from home. Not to mention they had started a season with a 1-9 record for the first time since 1969.
This defeat leaves the Leos 1-10 and extends their losing streak to seven games, a first since a 1992 campaign where they started 0-8.
That said, BC were more competitive than they have been in some games this season. Montreal will have been happy to escape with the win, their third in a row. To see their team at 6-4 at this stage of the season must be a delight for Als fans who have suffered through some barren years of late.
We have often remarked this season that the Als are a different team with Vernon Adams Jr. at the helm.
It isn’t always pretty but you sense he lifts the team around him. Here he threw a touchdown and ran for two more. Adams Jr. now leads the league with ten rushing touchdowns on the season.
Able support was provided by William Stanback who had 133 total yards on 15 carries and two catches.
Toronto Argonauts 46 at Ottawa REDBLACKS 10
There was room for slender optimism for Argos fans going into this one. They kept finding ways to lose but they have been more competitive of late.
Added to that Toronto were 8-4 against the REDBLACKS since Ottawa rejoined the league in 2014.
That optimism proved justified as Toronto posted their second, and easily biggest, win of the season. No wonder coach Corey Chamblin was left purring about success in all three phases of the game.
This was Toronto’s first road victory of the season. From Ottawa’s point of view this was a poor return for a bye week of preparation.
The REDBLACKS converted just 9-of-22 second down opportunities (41 percent). Added to which they had five turnovers (three fumbles, an interception and a turnover on downs).
Both teams should be sitting home come the playoffs but Argos fans will have more cause for optimism following this display.
Saskatchewan Roughriders 10 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 35
28 points in the first half effectively put this one to bed for Winnipeg.
Streveler contributed by completing 15 of 21 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns while adding 70 rushing yards and two more scores on the ground. The highlight might have been a 58 yard touchdown throw to Johnny Augustine who also rushed for 44 yards on 13 carries.
Willie Jefferson must surely be in the conversation for defensive MOP in 2019. He had an impact on Saskatchewan’s O line here. He also notched three tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.
This was the end of a winning streak for the Roughriders. You sense they would rather that streak had ended against any other team!
Calgary Stampeders 33 at Edmonton Eskimos 17
This was a match-up of 2 quarterbacks with very differing records against their respective opposition.
40,000+ people were on hand in Edmonton, most of them hoping for a different outcome this time. Unfortunately for them, this game did nothing to change the narrative around either starter in this particular match-up.
The Stamps have swept the Esks this season and you feel Edmonton will be glad to see the back of them.
For Mitchell this was his 72nd win as a Stampeder, the most for any starter in team history.
By the second quarter however, Harris was out with a rib injury, the Stamps had the lead and backup Logan Kilgore was leading Edmonton’s attack. He actually completed his first nine passes and it was tied.
After that Calgary took over. Mitchell threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Begelton. 3 straight field goals and a pick six had Calgary up 33-10 in the fourth.
Kilgore got something back on a quarterback sneak, but Calgary held firm to move to 7-4 on the season. They are rising ominously up the West Division standings once again.
Following week 13 of the CFL season the inter-Divisional standings are 14-11 in favour of the West Division.
Hamilton who were on a bye lead the East at 9-2, whilst Winnipeg’s win put them clear in first atop the West at 9-3. The Riders and Stamps at 7-4 each are their closest rivals.
If the playoffs started now, Toronto, Ottawa and BC would sit at home watching whilst Edmonton would be the crossover team.
Week 14 of the CFL season will give us a 3 game schedule.
We will see this open with Ottawa at BC. Both teams will want to bounce back in this one. BC to show improvement, and Ottawa to halt what looks like a precipitous decline.
Hamilton return from their bye to travel to Calgary in a match that could tell us a lot about both teams. Calgary’s improvement will be tested against the best team in the East who will want to put a stamp on their status as a playoff favourite.
Finally Montreal go on the road to Saskatchewan in a contest between two quite evenly matched teams. The 7-4 Riders average 370.9 yards of offense a game whilst the 6-4 Als amass 372.5 yards per game.
This one could go a long way to telling us how realistic these teams chances really are.
Featured Image: With this win the Blue Bombers are 9-7 in the Banjo Bowl. Image from bluebombers.com