You could not have seen this coming a few weeks ago when Edmonton were 6-3 and the Lions were nowhere to be seen.
In fact BC opened their season 1-10 with their sole win coming in an insipid contest against Toronto.
The momentum is arguably with a BC club that has won 4 games in a row. The caveat to that being that all 4 wins came against East Division teams, and BC has yet to beat a Western foe this year.
Edmonton have seen their form slip since an injury to starting QB Trevor Harris. They are 1-5 in their last 6 games and struggling for form. However they have arguably faced a much tougher slate of games during that period than the Lions.
A lot rests on the upcoming contest for these two teams. If the Esks win then they take the final playoff spot. If the Lions win they keep their chances alive and put more pressure on Edmonton.
So what will happen?
The truth is Edmonton still have the overwhelmingly better chance to make the playoffs.
To get in the Lions must win their remaining three games and have the Edmonton Eskimos lose their final three. Edmonton have already beaten the Lions twice this season too.
If the Lions do manage the improbable they would arrive as the crossover team on the back of a 7 game winning streak and be brimming with confidence.
If the Eskimos hold their nerve and qualify they may well get Trevor Harris back in time for the playoffs. That would make them a different proposition all together in the post season.
As players and coaches are always keen to say however we should take one game at a time. So let’s see how it all plays out this weekend and where both teams stand after that.
Banner image the Lions and Esks clash earlier in the season. Image from bclions.com