Aaaaaaaaand we byke!
The playoffs are creeping closer and closer as the leaves get browner and browner and start falling off the trees. Week 13 saw a few surprises in Canada. Hamilton beat Toronto for the second week in a row, Ottawa loses again, Winnipeg gets their 4th straight L and Calgary takes their 2nd great L.
7 more games until the playoffs start. 7. More. Games. We are all going to enjoy our NFL and NCAA football (CJFL and CIS for the real Canadian football fans), but there are only 3 CFL games to tune into all weekend. And they are can’t miss.
Let’s see what we got for Week 14.
British Columbia Lions vs. Montreal Alouettes, Friday (9/14), 7:30 PM ET, ESPN+
The Fighting Pipkins are rolling!! Antonio Pipkin has the Als on a 2 game win streak and now they are coming off of a bye week to face the Lions. While Pipkin thrives, Manziel battles his concussion and illness issues at his QB3 spot.
Definitely not the comeback story that many have hoped for ole Johnny boy.
The Lions are starting Travis Lulay, who was knocked out twice vs. Ottawa last week, and he has a new weapon in DeVier Posey after Emmanuel Arcenaux was lost for the season. The 2017 Grey Cup MVP joins the Lions after being cut from the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL.
With both defenses strong enough to support their offenses, I say the better QB will guide their team to victory. Lulay has had some bright spots this season, but Pipkin has the Als feeling confident right now as they try to sneak into that 3rd place spot in the East Division. And the Lions have yet to win a road game. Savvy vet vs. rookie upstart.
What a battle it will be.
Calgary Stampeders vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Saturday (9/15) 4 PM ET, ESPN+
The Stamps are not so invincible after all. But that last week’s battle with Edmonton may go down as one of the best CFL games ever. Reggie Begelton, Lemar Durant, and Marken Michel have stepped up big to help out DaVaris Daniels in Kamar Jordne’s absence. And they will definitely need to do it again this week.
Jerry Glanville has this Hamilton defense balling. They have allowed the fewest completions and pass attempts, fewest average passing yards per game, and fewest total passing yards. S Mike Daly and CB Delvin Breaux are ruling the skies in Hamilton and doing it with style.
The last time these 2 faced off in Week 1, Bo Levi had 297 yards with 1 TD and 1 pick but he was also held to a 47% completion rate. Granted that was the first game of the season but both teams have gotten better since then.
Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers will be the name of the game. TOs got Calgary beat last week even with their valiant comeback. Let’s not forget Masoli is prone to TOs as well even though he has been limiting them lately.
Ottawa Redblacks vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders, Saturday, 9:30 PM ET, ESPN
Oooooooo Ottawa. Start off the season 6-3 and have dropped their last two to division bottom dwellers BC and Montreal. All of this elite talk about Trevor Harris has got to stop; he ain’t there. When he’s been taken out of the game multiple times this year without injury or blowout, there’s a problem.
3,221 yards, 67% completion rate and 11-9 TD-INT ratio looks average on paper and that’s how Trevor Harris looks. Harris has bright spots in his play but his down spots have brought the Redblacks down. And at 32 years old he pretty much is what he is: an above average CFL QB. And that’s ok.
The good news is Harris ripped apart the Riders the last time they met in Week 2. But again, the Riders have gotten much better since then. Four straight Ws and they looking for more. They could even challenge Calgary for the number 1 seed in the West (eyes emoji). As long as Zach Collaros can stay healthy Saskatchewan is a Grey Cup Contender.
Ottawa is losing their grip on the East as the Riders are tightening theirs on the West. I like to go with hot teams to stay hot buuuuuttttttt… it’s any given game.
Rejoice folks! IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON EVERYWHERE!!!!