As we head down the final stretch, five playoff spots have already been clinched. The only thing left is to find out if Hamilton will lose enough and Saskatchewan will win enough to see the Riders knock the Cats out. It's unlikely, so now teams are just jockeying for position. But in this year of parity (a word I think I am getting sick of hearing/reading/writing), anything is possible. No one is out until they are out.
1. British Columbia Lions (Last Week: 1)
Another week, another win. This one much closer than before. If the Lions keep this up, they will be the first team since the 1994 BC Lions to win the Grey Cup at home. I wouldn't bet against them.
2. Montreal Alouettes (Last Week: 2)
All the focus was on Anthony Calvillo, but he Als are back in the playoffs for a sixteenth year in a row. The winner of the Bombers-Als matchup in two weeks will decide who stays home for the playoffs.
3. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Last Week: 3)
The Bombers have Hamilton's number this season. I bet they hope they see them in the playoffs at some point. If Buck Pierce plays like he did against the Ti-Cats, the longest championship drought in the CFL might come to an end.
4. Edmonton Eskimos (Last Week: 6)
You can't really take much from Edmonton's win. Saskatchewan is terrible and in complete disarray. But the Eskimos are playoff-bound, and with a good shot at first in the West. That's a great turnaround in just one season.
5. Calgary Stampeders (Last Week: 5)
There is no shame in losing to BC in BC. Now, if they lose to the Argos in Toronto, that's a different story.
6. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Last Week: 4)
The up-and-down season continues. Every time the Cats have a chance to prove themselves, they falter. They will make the playoffs, but more efforts like in Week 15 and their post-season won't last long.
7. Toronto Argonauts (Last Week: 7)
The Argos took a lead into the locker room at halftime against Montreal. Say what you want about Toronto, but they at least look to be putting forth an effort.
8. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Last Week: 8)
The Roughriders don't even try anymore. How else can you explain no touchdowns and nine total points in their last three games. NINE POINTS! IN THREE GAMES! That's how bad things have gotten for Saskatchewan.
Highest Climb: Edmonton (+2)
Steepest Fall: Hamilton (-2)