With three weeks left to go, the six playoff teams have been decided. All that is left to figure out is who plays who when. While every scenario is still possible, some are more likely than others. If I had to put on my prognosticator hat, I'm going to say the East will end up being Montreal in first, Winnipeg in second and Hamilton in third. In the West, it'll be Edmonton in first, BC in second and Calgary in third.
1. British Columbia Lions (Last Week: 1)
What can be said about the Lions that hasn't already been said a hundred times? They've won eight in a row and look unstoppable. They have a front-runner MOP candidate in Travis Lulay, the soon-to-be all-time receiving yards holder in Geroy Simon and the winningest coach in CFL history in Wally Buono. That's a championship recipe.
2. Montreal Alouettes (Last Week: 2)
Montreal has shown signs of weakness. In the past, the Als never would have let a team – in this case, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats – claw back into a game and nearly force overtime. With the team dismissing prized free-agent acquisition Dwight Anderson, there is a bit of turmoil in Montreal. That said, they have the league's best record and are win this week away from clinching another division title.
3. Edmonton Eskimos (Last Week: 4)
The Eskimos hold their playoff seeding in their own hands. They have two easy wins against the league's two bottom feeders and one last date, in Vancouver, with the Lions. Win all three, and the Eskimos are getting home cookin' in the playoffs.
4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Last Week: 3)
Winnipeg has stumbled, big time, since their hot 7-1 start. They are 2-5 since, and a loss to Montreal this week would hand the division title, once again, to the Alouettes. One of Winnipeg's two wins has come against the Als (in Montreal, no less), so despite their recent struggles, the Bombers are far from out of it.
5. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Last Week: 6)
Losing to the Als by two points is nothing to be ashamed about, but mistakes cost the Ti-Cats last Sunday. With the hottest team in the CFL coming to Hamilton this week, those mistakes will have to be minimized if the Cats hope to pull out a victory.
6. Calgary Stampeders (Last Week: 5)
The Drew Tate era looks set to begin this week, as Tate has been kinda, sorta, maybe, named the Stamps starting Quarterback. Henry Burris has been terrible for over a month, so it is now Tate's time to shine.
7. Toronto Argonauts (Last Week: 7)
Simply put, the Argos look to be putting in an effort. Heck, they actually won this past week. And at least they found the end zone. Those statements cannot be made when talking about Saskatchewan.
8. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Last Week: 8)
Remember when everything was Greg Marshall's fault? The Riders play with no heart, no effort, and it shows in the fact that they haven't scored a touchdown in over four games! But, yeah, this mess was all because of Marshall.
Highest Climb: Edmonton, Hamilton (+1)
Steepest Fall: Calgary, Winnipeg (-1)