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TORONTO — James Franklin makes his return to the starting lineup for the Argos, Mike Reilly is hoping to get back on track for the Eskimos while the Stampeders look to overcome more absences at receiver, as Week 18 arrives in the Canadian Football League.
It all kicks off with some Friday Night football rivalry action as Hamilton visits Toronto for the third and final time this season. The Ticats have clinched a playoff berth, but are eyeing a division title and a playoff bye as they sit just a game back of the division-leading REDBLACKS. The Argonauts hand the ball over to Franklin to see if they can end their six-game slide. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
The race to the playoffs continues on Saturday with a big triple-header. First is a prairie showdown as the Roughriders visit the Blue Bombers at Investors Group Field. Saskatchewan, fresh off a win over Edmonton, will be looking for a victory to push for a home playoff date. Winnipeg, meanwhile, will try to use home field advantage to ride the high off a season-defining overtime win in Ottawa. The game gets under way at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Saturday’s action continues as Edmonton fights for its playoff life against the leaders in the East Division, Ottawa REDBLACKS. Both teams will be hungry for a win as they suffered close losses in Week 17; Edmonton has the advantage at Commonwealth Field, where its record is 5-2. Kickoff is at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Closing out the weekend is another crucial divisional matchup, this time in Calgary where the BC Lions come to town. The Stampeders are searching for the chance to host their third straight Western Final, while BC is in the thick of the competition for a crossover playoff spot after winning four of its last five games. The showdown begins at 8:00 p.m. ET.
**Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Toronto Argonauts will be the live mic game this week**
IF THE PLAYOFFS STARTED TODAY….
Western Semi-Final: Winnipeg at Saskatchewan
Western Final: TBD at Calgary
Eastern Semi-Final: BC at Hamilton
Eastern Final: TBD at Ottawa
SCHEDULE FROM HERE ON OUT
|TEAM||OPPONENTS||OPPONENTS CUMULATIVE RECORD|
|BC LIONS (7-7)||@CGY, EDM, @SSK, CGY||41-17 (.707)|
|EDMONTON ESKIMOS (7-8)||OTT, @BC, WPG||23-20 (.535)|
|CALGARY STAMPEDERS (12-2)||BC, SSK, @WPG, @BC||32-26 (.552)|
|SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS (10-5)||@WPG, @CGY, BC||27-16 (.628)|
|WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS (8-7)||SSK, CGY, @EDM||29-15 (.659)|
|HAMILTON TIGER-CATS (7-7)||@TOR, @OTT, OTT, MTL||22-35 (.386)|
|OTTAWA REDBLACKS (8-6)||@EDM, HAM, @HAM, TOR||24-33 (.421)|
SECOND DOWN CONVERSION RECEPTIONS
|Player||Total Receptions||2nd Down Conversions Receptions||% of Total|