We already know who is out and who is in. In fact, going into the final week of the regular season only one thing is left to decide. Who will host the Eastern Semi-Final.
On the outside
For the Elks this will be the second time out of the playoffs in the last three years. But their current 2-10 record is a considerable drop off from going 17-19 over the last two full CFL seasons.
For BC this will be the third time in four years they will have missed the postseason. They will be looking for an improvement on going 5-13 in 2019 and currently standing at 4-9 this year. Their new owner will doubtless have some long-term plans in mind.
Ottawa are missing the CFL playoffs for the second season in a row, After suffering a 3-15 season in 2019, fans will not have enjoyed a 2-11 run so far this year.
2021 CFL Playoff teams
Which leaves us with our 2021 CFL playoff teams. Here’s who are defintiely in:
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
So how do they line up for the playoffs? Let’s take a look.
What happens now?
The West is set. Winnipeg secured a playoff spot for the fifth consecutive season in Week 11 and claimed first place in the West Division in Week 12. They will host a Division Final for the first time since 2011. And the West Division Final for the first time since 1972.
To see who will face them Saskatchewan, (making their fourth straight playoff appearance) will host the Calgary Stampers. Who are making a CFL playoff apperance for the 16th straight season, (the fifth longest such run in CFL history).
The East is almost done. The Toronto Argonauts clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2017 in Week 13. By defeating Hamilton 31-12 this week they have assured themselves of the East Division top spot and will host the Eastern Final on December the 5th.
Facing them will be either Hamilton, (making a third consecutive playoff appearance), or the Montreal Alouettes who will be making a second successive apperance in the CFL playoffs. In fact the only thing left to determine is who will host the Eastern Semi-Final.
Both teams stand at 7-6. Should Hamilton win they will host as they hold the tie-breakers. If Montreal win against Ottawa and Hamilton slip up against Saskatchewan then the Als will host.
All of this leads to a December Grey Cup. Quite unusual since we have not had one since 1972. The playoff field looks quite open so hopefully we will get some exciting games along the way.
As usual, it is going to be fun watching it all play out.
Banner Image: the only piece of the playoff picture left is who will host the Eastern Semi-Final, Hamilton or Montreal. Image from thestar.com