Crossover Clash in the CFL

There’s a crossover clash coming up in the CFL. That is because the 5-10 BC Lions are travelling to face the 7-8 Edmonton Eskimos & this has playoff implications.

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.

Momentum Shift

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.

To win out BC must also defeat table topping Saskatchewan and defending champs Calgary. No easy task for a team yet to upend any of their divisional foes.

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

Article written by:

Chris Lawton joined the team in 2017 and has been writing about the CFL ever since. He originally started following the NFL with the 'first wave' of fans when it was shown on Channel 4 in the 1980's. He has been a keen supporter of the Miami Dolphins since 1983. Chris first encountered the CFL in 2016 and instantly fell in love with the Canadian game. He has been writing about the CFL from the inception of Ninety-Nine Yards. You can find him on twitter as @CFLfanUK

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