Although they weren’t very high-scoring, it was still nice to see some close games in the CFL last week…even if I didn’t actually watch half of them. I mean, things are all but decided out West, where three teams have clinched a playoff spot. And as a fan of West Division football, I don’t exactly set a TV reminder for a Montreal-Ottawa matchup on Friday. That said, the Argos and TiCats have been involved in a few exciting contests this season, and should they both make it past the Als in the Least Division playoff race, we could be in for an exciting Leastern Final. I dunno guy, but I’m pretty sure that any team out east could take down Saskatchewan nowadays…
Last Week’s Rankings
1. Calgary Stampeders (14-2) Last Week: 1. Right now, the only race the Stamps are running is to see if they can match the ’89 Eskies’ all-time mark of 16-2. (FWIW, Calgary went 15-3 three straight years during the Flutie era.) And while they otherwise didn’t really need a win over Saskatchewan, their 25 unanswered fourth-quarter points showed that they aren’t taking too many plays off–especially on defence. While I might expect them to limit a few more of their starters in the last couple weeks (Jon Cornish didn’t play a single snap last weekend), I can’t see this team losing another game when it counts: in the CFL playoffs!
2. Edmonton Eskimos (11-5) Last Week: 2. Edmonton had the luxury of resting all its starters last week–the Esks had a bye. But I think it’s safe to say they’re still the second-best team in the CFL. They’ve already clinched second place in the West, and remain the only team that could give Calgary a run for its money IMO.
3. Montreal Alouettes (8-8) Last Week: 4. After five straight wins, I think it’s time to move Montreal up a notch. Granted, win number five came over the REDBLACKS!!!, but if there had ever been a must-win game for Ottawa, it would’ve been last week. Although he’s no Bo Levi Mitchell, Jonathan Crompton has really breathed new life into the Als–he’s 7-1 as a starter. I still think the CFL Least is a total crapshoot, but if the Leastern Final is at the Big O, then I’m betting on Montreal.
4. B.C. Lions (9-7) Last Week: 3. While they haven’t quite wrapped up a playoff spot just yet, I think the Lions are the safe bet to finish third in the West, especially considering their competition. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think they’d make it past Edmonton, much less Calgary, but if somehow this team were to end up with that crossover spot…you might be looking at the Least Division champions.
5. Toronto Argonauts (7-9) Last Week: 7. If the Argos do end up claiming one of the two playoff spots up for grabs in the Least, their wins against Hamilton could end up as the deciding factor. After losing 13-12 in a Labour Day Classic that was anything but, Toronto has squeaked out two tight wins over the TiCats, including last week’s 26-24 thriller. Unfortunately, they’re still not gonna have much of a homefield advantage for the playoffs, if they do get in–even with their QEW rivals in town, the Boatmen couldn’t get 20,000 fans in the stands last Saturday.
6. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7-9) Last Week: 5. For a while they were the least-worst team in the Least Division…but now, the Tabbies find themselves running third in what is still very much a three-horse race for two playoff spots. If they don’t get in, you can point to their piss-poor road record, which currently sits at 1-7. But they do have a pretty decent chance at getting that second road win when they travel to the nation’s capital on Halloween night.
7. Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-8) Last Week: 6. What happens when you rely on a 41-year-old starting quarterback who hadn’t played a snap of football until Week 17? Your team runs outta gas in the fourth quarter. And there’s no question that two of Kerry Joseph’s three picks keyed the Stamps comeback last week. The Riders might still be able to hang with Toronto or Hamilton in the postseason, but only if those squads don’t play a full 60 minutes.
8. Loseapeg Blue Bombers (6-11) Last Week: 8. Another week, another loss for the Bombers, who have now gone two full months without winning a football game. I mean, this team even lost to the REDBLACKS!!!!–the REDBLACKS!!!! With their latest loss eliminating Loseapeg from playoff contention, I guess it’s a good thing that fans can focus on the Jets now.
9. Ottawa REDBLACKS!!!!! (2-14) Last Week: 9. Y’know, I’d kinda feel bad about trash-talking Ottawa after all that shit that went down in the nation’s capital…so instead, here’s a picture of Henry Burris wearing a bra:
(Wait, I’ve used that one before, haven’t I!?)