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CFL Week 18
This last week was an important one as several teams are still fighting for playoff hopes, or home field advantages. The Blue Bombers have home field yet to clinch, and are still dangerous. BC and Calgary are in the never ending battle for 2nd in the West, and Toronto is struggling to hold on to 1st in the East.
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Saskatchewan Roughriders @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The 6-8 Saskatchewan Roughriders traveled to Winnipeg Friday to take on the 1st place Blue Bombers. The Riders are desperate for a cross-over playoff berth, but would have to overcome the firepower of the Bombers to improve their chances. Saskatchewan did have a 17-10 lead early in the game after a QB Cody Fajardo TD run, but then Calgary took over. The Stamps defense forced 6 turnovers, including a fumble and 2 interceptions. Calgary QB Zach Collaros took advantage of these possessions passing for 4 TD’s, leading his team to a 31-13 win. Winnipeg climbs to 2nd, while the Riders remain at 7th in the PR’s.
Ottawa Redblacks @ BC Lions
The 9-4 Lions hosted the 3-10 Ottawa Redblacks at BC Place this week. The BC Lions are still in a hot contest for a home field advantage in the playoffs, this game is of great significance. Lions QB Vernon Adams turned it up a notch with 305 yards passing, with a 77% completion rate and 2 TD’s against zero interceptions. The Redblacks defense was no match for the onslaught, and the BC Lions win the match 34-19. The Lions were a heavy favorite to win, and so the PR’s remain the same with BC in 5th and Ottawa at 9th.
Montreal Alouettes @ Edmonton Elks
The playoff hopeful 6-7 Montreal Allouettes traveled to Edmonton on Saturday, to take on the hapless 4-10 Edmonton Elks. Turnovers would be the difference maker in this battle, in particular the 100 yard Pick-Six by Montreal LB Tyrice Beverette . Elks QB Taylor Cornelius did put up almost 100 more yards passing than his Alouette’s counter-part, QB Trevor Harris. But the deciding factor between the QB’s performances was the TD:INT ratios of 1:0 and 0:2 for Harris and Cornelius respectively. The Alouettes won the contest 25-18 and keep their 1st place division hopes alive. Montreal remains 4th in the PR’s, while Edmonton stays at 8th place.
Toronto Argonauts @ Calgary Stampeders
The 7-6 Toronto Argonauts are still clinging to 1st place in the East Division, and make their way to McMahon Stadium to face the 9-5 Calgary Stampeders. The Stamps are already guaranteed a playoff spot and would like to have a home field advantage over the Lions. This game was all Calgary, as Toronto failed to provide any momentum or offense in a 29-2 domination. Both teams QB’s were intercepted twice, but Stampeders QB Jake Maier connected with WR Reggie Beggelton for a TD. Calgary RB Ka’Deem Carey added 92 yards of rushing offense and a TD of his of his own. With the convincing win, Calgary climbs back into 1st while Toronto drops to 3rd in the PR’s.
Written by: Jack Cameron @jackcameron1970
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