Last week sorted out most of the playoff scenarios in the CFL. The Riders cliched a home playoff game, B.C. will cross over, Winnipeg will play either Calgary or Saskatchewan on the road in the West-Semi and Ottawa won the East. The only thing to play for now is first place in the West Division. If Calgary beats B.C. this week they win the west. If they lose, Saskatchewan gets first. I went 2-2 last week and am now 46-27 on the season. This week is hard to predict, a lot of teams will be playing backups with nothing to lose. Calgary is the only team with something to play for so I’ll take my best shot. Let’s take a look at how I see things playing out.
(4-13) Toronto Argonauts @ (10-7) Ottawa Redblacks Friday 7:30pm ET
The Argos were crushed by Montreal last week. The season has not gone how they expected right from the start. Ricky Ray was injured in week one and it all went downhill from there. This week they will look to end on a high note and build towards 2019. I would look for Toronto to give it their all this week on both sides of the ball but I don’t know if it will be enough. For Ottawa I would look for a lot of their starters to sit this week as they have locked up the east. Ottawa will get a bye next week so a little extra rest for the starters who have been banged up for a whole regular season will be good for the team. I still think that Ottawa will do enough to beat a bad Argo team this week.
Prediction: Redblacks win 29-22
(10-7) Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ (8-9) Edmonton Eskimos Saturday 4:00pm ET
These two teams get a end of season triple header kicked off on Saturday. Winnipeg is the best team in the CFL right now after a turbulent middle third of the season. Matt Nichols has silenced all haters and the Bomber defence is playing great right now. The Bombers will finish third in the west and head on the road to Regina or Calgary for the West Semi-Final next week. I think Winnipeg starters will get a rest as well but they will still want to end the regular season on a high note. For Edmonton, the season did not go as expected. I think many felt the Eskimos could be playing in the Grey Cup at home in November but that will not be the case as they have missed the playoffs in 2018. I believe there is some turmoil within the organization and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some coaching changes going into 2019. I think the outside noise will stop the Eskimos from winning their final game of the season this week.
Prediction: Blue Bombers win 31-24
(4-13) Montreal Alouettes @ (8-9) Hamilton Tiger-Cats Saturday 7:00pm ET
Montreal picked up a win last week and will look to make it two in a row to end their season. With uncertainty surrounding the Quarterback position going into 2019, I think we will see a bit of Antonio Pipkin and Johnny Manziel this week. Both played well last week and the Al’s were able to win. I really think that Montreal has a good shot at winning again this week. I think there is a sense of hope on that team even though they have been so bad this season. If they win the final two games of the season I think the narrative changes just a little bit going into the off season. For Hamilton they will be another team probably resting starters in preparation of hosting B.C. in the East Semi-Final next week. I’m sure they are disappointed they couldn’t lock up the east but they have to push that out of their mind. I think Hamilton will be overlooking a Montreal team that will really want to end the season with a win.
Prediction: Alouettes win 27-25
(12-5) Calgary Stampeders @ (9-8) B.C. Lions 10:00pm ET
The Stamps have lost three in a row. They haven’t lost four in a row since 2004. They are the only team that is playing for anything significant this week. Bo Levi Mitchell and the offence needs to win this game to give a few of their injured players an extra week to try and get back before the West Final. I really think Calgary will step up this week and rip first place in the west out of the Riders grasp. For B.C. they had a tough loss last week in Saskatchewan so they will want to get back on the right track before heading east to Hamilton for the East Semi-Final. We will see both Travis Lulay and Jonathon Jennings this week and probably a few other back ups as well. I just think Calgary has so much more to lose and will come out on fire and crush B.C. this week.
It really is hard to predict what is going to happen this week. There are three playoff teams playing three non playoff teams this week. If they playoff teams all play backups the entire game then there could be three “upsets” but it doesn’t actually mean anything. The game to watch this week is Calgary in Vancouver against the Lions. I think Calgary will dominate the game in an attempt to show that they are still the beasts in the CFL. I’m excited to see how the final week of the regular season plays out. Thanks for reading!