Guess what? We got still got CFL going on! Week 15 is here and wooooo the playoff hunt is HAWT!
With 6 games left to play: 1. Calgary; 2. Edmonton; and 3. Saskatchewan are the playoff teams for the West Division and 1. Ottawa and 2. Hamilton are the playoff teams for the East Division with BC being the crossover team.
Last week we saw BC uproot the Fighting Pipkins, Calgary beat Hamilton again in a wildly entertaining match, and Ottawa end their 2-game losing streak and Saskatchewan’s 4-game winning streak.
This week we’re going to see another Saturday tripleheader as the excitement rolls on for the CFL.
Montreal Alouettes vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Friday (9/21), 8:30 PM ET, ESPN+
So, despite Winnipeg’s recent slip and Montreal’s horrible season in general, both teams still have a shot at the crossover spot for the playoffs. Even though Matt Nichols has looked worse than dog poop these past 4 games, he is still starting for Winnipeg. And because Antonio Pipkin looked less than impressive vs. BC by throwing 4 picks, Johnny Manziel is starting at QB for the Als.
Did you read what I said? Johnny Football is starting!!!!
I understand Pipkin throwing 4 picks is not a good game by him, but he showed me more in his games for the Als than Johnny did. Why ditch him after he lead the Als to 2 Ws? Whatever Montreal is thinking, it better work.
And for Winnipeg, this is the perfect chance to get back on track. Missing DB Mo Leggett and DE Jackson Jeffcoat will hurt their defense, but they did put up 56 points on the Als last time they played them. Granted that was at the beginning of the season with Chris Streveler starting but whose to say it won’t happen again?
Since they can’t get a W in their own division (1-5 in the division), they need one vs. Montreal.
Edmonton Eskimos vs. Ottawa Redblacks, Saturday (9/22), 4 PM ET, ESPN+
Trevor Harris and the Redblacks finally got back on track vs. one of the toughest defenses in the league in Saskatchewan. Now they face another tough opponent in the Eskimos. The Eskimos are coming off of a bye week after giving the Stamps their 2nd L of the season. So, the Eskimos are coming off of a bye week with a huge win with extra time to dissect the Redblacks.
Kind of hard to go against Mike Reilly in this situation. Plus C.J. Gable is back. With this being these teams’ first matchup of the year, anything can happen. And… it’s playoff time. But, Edmonton is 2-4 on the road (eyes emoji).
Hopefully these offenses bring out the fireworks and make this one a shootout ayyyyy shootout ayyyyy (Soulja Boy reference for my millenials out there).
Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Toronto Argonauts, Saturday, 7 PM ET, ESPN+
I hope the Riders play the Ruff Ryders Anthem somewhere throughout the game in their stadium. If not, fire their DJ.
Oh Lord Toronto. They might actually be a bigger dumpster fire than Montreal. Just Kidding. No team is worse than Montreal. MBT has provided a little spark for the Argos but that spark was very temporary as the Argos are reeling on a 3 game losing streak. The good news is they’re going to play Duron Carter this week. And all three of their Ws have come at home.
Plus, Saskatchewan’s offense leads the league in 2 and outs, so there is a chance they get a W. A slim chance but still a chance. I’m not going against a hot Chris Jones team though even after an L.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. British Columbia Lions, Saturday, 10 PM ET, ESPN+
Oh Masoli. So much talent, so much potential. Not fully tapped yet. So much talk of Masoli taking that step into the elite QB category with Reilly and Bo Levi but he just is not being consistent enough to get there. Masoli has thrown an interception in all but two games this season. When Masoli’s hot, he’s elite; but when he’s cold oooooo boy he’s below freezing.
BC’s stingy defense is coming off of a 4 INT game and have secretly formed one of the league’s most lethal pass rushing DLs. Shawn Lemon (33), Odell Willis (31) and Davon Coleman (16) have combined for 80 (!!!) QB pressures this season.
Granted Lemon got about 10 of those with Toronto, Wally Buono let him loose once he suited up for the Black and Orange. Hamilton will have RB Sean White starting for injured Alex Green, with WRs Brandon Banks and Marquay McDaniel recovering from injury.
Lions and tigers, as predatory cats of the wilderness, work smarter not harder. They don’t attack the biggest prey; they attack the most vulnerable. Will BC pounce on the banged up Tiger-Cats? Or will the hurt Tiger-Cats fight through the pain and conquer the Lions?
FIND OUT DURING SOME LATE NIGHT FOOTBALL!!!!
Enjoy every level of football folks, all the way down to little league! It’s going to be a wild weekend!