Tuesday Morning QB (Week 16)

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The CFL playoff race is quickly coming to a close as more and more teams take their spots in the 2012 playoffs. The games are becoming more important with every passing week as a win or a loss could mean the difference between clinching and being eliminated. Both divisions continue to fight it out for the playoff spots but one division seems to be having a harder time figuring things out. The West Division has been almost unchanged all season as the Lions sit atop the division with the Calgary Stampeders staying close. Meanwhile the Eskimos and Roughriders fight for the third place spot. It has been this way almost all season and it remains this way heading into the playoffs. The East however is a complete mess with more than enough ways for teams to make the playoffs. There is nothing known about the East yet as one team has clinched a playoff spot but not first place. It’s not far off from the West playoff picture but it is how the picture has been made. The Montreal Alouettes were expected to be the usual dominant team in the East that would easily take first. This has not happened as they are clearly the best team in the division but losses to Hamilton and Winnipeg put them in a spot they were not too familiar with. The Alouettes were for once not the odds on favorite as they had been exposed as a team that could be beat. The Als were not the team they used to be and so it opened the door for a number of teams to take their shot. The Toronto Argonauts came into the season with a new offence and a goal to play at home in the Grey Cup. The Argos had plenty of opportunities including in week 16 as they could have taken first place more than once. Instead the Argos seemed to falter every time they had a chance to overtake the Alouettes. Then there is the Hamilton Tiger-Cats who, like the Argonauts, came into the 2012 season with a brand new offence and a goal to play as close to home as they can get down the QEW. The Ti-Cats have been the picture of inconsistency throughout the season as the offence would put up 50+ points and then be shut down for 20 or less. The Tiger-Cats had a chance this season at competing for a top spot but inconsistency has put them in a position where they may not get a playoff spot at all. The Bombers have probably been the most consistent team in the East so far but unfortunately it has been consistently bad. A year after making the Grey Cup the Bombers have been lost and sat at the bottom of the division all year. The East has been a strange division all year and as they sprint to the playoffs the picture still remains cloudy. The Alouettes are the only team to clinch a playoff spot so far and, after a win against the Argos, are in a better spot to clinch first place soon. The Argonauts are still on the outside of the playoffs and are likely not in the hunt for first place after blowing two straight opportunities to overtake the Alouettes for the top spot. The Tiger-Cats are in the worst way though as they have played themselves into a crossover situation. The Edmonton Eskimos are ahead of the Tabies and could earn the crossover if Hamilton can’t start getting their offence going. The only for sure thing right now is that the Blue Bombers will not be in the playoffs although they still have plenty of opportunity to play spoilers with three more games left in the season. The East Division has been simply inconsistent all season with no team looking like they are world beaters. For fans this is great though as the playoff race has plenty of stories to follow and plenty of drama to come in the last three weeks.

 

Four Quarters:
(Four Quick Thoughts on Week 16)

 

Tabies Simply Blowing It
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are a team that is underperforming almost every week and it is turning out to be a big issue as they lose ground in the playoff hunt and start to lose ground in the crossover

 

Calgary Joins BC in the West
Calgary was able to stay away from the upset minded Winnipeg Blue Bombers as they won and clinched a playoff spot leaving only the battle for first place in the West for the Stamps and Lions to fight for

 

The Crossover Looks more Realistic
The Eskimos are playing great in the end of the season and another win this week has given them the chance to win the crossover as they move ahead of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for their chance at a playoff spot

 

Boatman Won’t Walk through the Door
The door is wide open for the Argonauts who have had a chance to win first place in the East for the last two weeks and after failing to capitalize last week they did it again losing to the Alouettes and essentially ending their hopes of the top spot

 

CFL Players of the Week

Offensive POW:
Hugh Charles, RB (Edmonton Eskimos)

17 rsh
152 yds
1 TD
0 F

 

Canadian/Defensive POW:
Shea Emery, LB (Montreal Alouettes)
4 tkl
1 sck
1 INT
0 FF

 

Special Teams POW:
Grant Shaw, K (Edmonton Eskimos)

3/4 FG
45 lng
4/4 XP
13 pts

 

CFL Standings

Eastern Division:
1. x-Montreal Alouettes (18)
2. Toronto Argonauts (14)
3. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10)
4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (8)

 

Western Division:
1. x-B.C. Lions (22)
2. x-Calgary Stampeders (18)
3. Saskatchewan Roughriders (16)
4. Edmonton Eskimos (14)

 

x- Clinched Playoff Spot

 

Scores:
B.C. Lions 37 – 17 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
– The Lions have been exposed as they are no longer an unbeatable force but are still the best team in the CFL while the Ti-Cats continue to struggle as they fall behind not only the Eastern playoff race but the crossover

 

Calgary Stampeders 32 – 21 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
– The Bombers are once again inconsistent as they came off of a big win against the Alouettes last week and then fell to the Stamps this week who clinched their playoff spot after a convincing win

 

Edmonton Eskimos 37 – 20 Saskatchewan Roughriders
– The Riders were on a hot streak coming into their game against the Eskimos as they looked to make a last-ditch effort to challenge the B.C. Lions but the Eskimos needed the win more as they took it and moved ahead of the Ti-Cats for the crossover

 

Montreal Alouettes 24 – 12 Toronto Argonauts
– The Argonauts again had another shot at first place but again they failed to capitalize as the offence looked anemic with Jarious Jackson at the helm and the defence allowed too many big plays as the Als took another step towards clinching first place

 

Next Week:
Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Toronto Argonauts (October 19th; 7:00 pm EDT)
– The Bombers are all but mathematically out of the playoffs but they can still play spoilers as the Argos are looking to clinch a playoff spot and get back to winning as they hope to beat the Bombers and get closer to a home playoff game

 

Edmonton Eskimos vs. B.C. Lions (October 19th; 10:00 pm EDT)
– The Eskimos are in dire straits as they look to be in fourth place at the end of the year but that doesn’t mean they can’t make the playoffs as they need every win they can get to keep their lead in the crossover race

 

Montreal Alouettes vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders (October 20th; 3:30 pm EDT)
– The Riders are still out of the playoffs as they were not able to clinch a playoff spot yet but they will try to do just that against the Alouettes who are looking for a win that could possibly clinch first place in the East

 

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders (October 20th; 7:00 pm EDT)
– The Ti-Cats are on the outside looking in right now as they have not kept up in the east and are losing in the crossover but all they can control is themselves as they look for the win against the Stamps who are still trying to take first place

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