Our CFL season catch-up has reached week 14 and we are seeing significant movement for teams on the playoff run-in.
Every game will only seem more significant as we enter the last weeks of the season. Particularly for those jockeying for playoff position. Not to mention for those playing for jobs or coaching roles!
CFL SEASON WEEK 14 GAMES
Week 14 saw three games played as Edmonton, Toronto and Winnipeg had a bye.
The action started with BC at home to Ottawa. This was followed by Hamilton travelling to Calgary and Saskatchewan hosting Montreal.
Ottawa REDBLACKS 5 at BC Lions 29
BC finally broke their duck at home. The win was their first home win of the year and their second win of the season.
In a game played on Friday the 13th this one was a bit of a horror story for Ottawa fans.
The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for BC and was the second week in a row that Ottawa gave a boost to a struggling team. This will be too familiar for REDBLACKS fans as last week’s defeat to Toronto also saw them record their second win.
BC Quarterback Mike Reilly was in efficient form in this one. He finished 20 for 29 for 286 yards and two touchdowns, plus he ran for two more.
The game was also something of a milestone for the Lions trigger-man. His yardage took him to 30,578 on his career – meaning he passed both Tom Burgess and Sam Etcheverry into 15th on the all-time CFL list.
We have seen a lot of CFL quarterbacks go down injured this year. Remarkably, Reilly is the last man standing despite taking a pounding for most of the year.
So it will have been extremely pleasing for the team and fans that zero sacks were allowed by an improved Lions’ offensive line. This is the first game this season where they didn’t give up a sack.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18 at Calgary Stampeders 19
Calgary are a team with the winning gene. A lot can go against them over the course of a season and yet they keep finding ways to win.
This win lifts them to an 8-4 record after winning three straight games since Bo Levi Mitchell’s return from injury. They were competitive before his return, but having the reigning MOP clearly isn’t hurting them!
Hamilton fans will point to the fact that they too have been finding ways to win. They came within a whisker here, no pun intended, but for a blocked game-winning field goal attempt in the final minute by Calgary’s Tre Roberson.
The Tiger-Cats limited the Stamps to a pair of Rene Paredes field goals in the first half. At the same time they got 3 field goals from Lirim Hajrullahu and a 30-yard catch-and-run touchdown scored by Brandon Banks to lead 17-6 at the half.
Calgary are made of stern stuff however and Paredes added two more field goals in the third quarter. Then Mitchell threw a 15-yard touchdown to Eric Rogers.
The Ti-cats attempted a 42-yard field goal with less than a minute remaining. But that is when Roberson came up with the big play to seal the victory.
Montreal Alouettes 25 at Saskatchewan Roughriders 27
This was the tough, competitive game the scoreline indicates, and the Als weren’t just there to make up the numbers.
In fact, three field goals from Boris Bede gave Montreal an early 9-0 lead. The Riders got a spark with a 46-yard catch from Shaq Evans which set up a short catch-and-run touchdown from William Powell in the second quarter.
The Riders took a one-point lead before half-time on a short field goal from Lauther.
The Riders led 24-18 on another Powell TD but Lauther missed the extra point. Hence Montreal gleefully accepted a chance to take the lead.
The game was decided when Fajardo led a 54-yard drive inside the 3 minute warning. Lauther found his redemption for the missed extra point by hitting the winning field goal.
Following week 14 of the CFL season the inter-Divisional standings have seen the West Division stretch their lead. Going 3-0 in week 14 now sees the West 17-11 ahead on the year.
Hamilton may have lost and slipped to 9-3, but Montreal losing and falling to 6-5 means it’s as you were in the East Division. The Ti-Cats fate is in their own hands from here on in and it is looking increasingly likely they will take the East.
Winnipeg, who were on a bye remain clear atop the West at 9-3. However, Calgary are gathering momentum and ominously placed one win behind them at 8-4. Saskatchewan are also 8-4 and it looks like we will have another competitive run-in in the West.
If the playoffs started now, Toronto, Ottawa and BC would sit at home watching whilst Edmonton would be the crossover team.
Week 15 of the CFL season sees a return to a full slate of games with just Saskatchewan on a bye.
Calgary will look to extend their winning run at Toronto who are coming off a bye.
This will be followed by Hamilton looking to bounce back as they continue to play out West at Edmonton.
The third game of the week will see Winnipeg look to extend their lead in the West away at Montreal. The Als of course will be desperate to bounce back after their near miss in Regina.
Finally, BC will travel to Ottawa for the second leg of their home and home series. Lions fans will be hoping for their third win of the year whilst REDBLACKS boosters will be hoping for a turnaround in performance.
The Lions leapt over the REDBLACKS for their second win of 2019. Image from Westerlynews.ca