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September 11, 2019

Strength of Schedule: REDBLACKS have easiest road ahead

Arthur Ward/

TORONTO — We’re now on the Shaw Road to the Grey Cup, and teams are starting to make moves in the standings. The West has been the more intriguing division, with Calgary making a run up the standings and Edmonton sputtering as of late.

As we hit the backstretch of the regular season, takes a data-driven look at who has the shortest path to the post-season and who faces an uphill battle.

The Ottawa REDBLACKS have the easiest schedule down the stretch, which is great for them, as they’ve lost eight of their last nine games.

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Despite sitting atop the West Division standings, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have the toughest road ahead, with games against Hamilton, Saskatchewan, as well as a doubleheader against Calgary to finish the season.

Here is how the remaining schedules break down with eight weeks left in the regular season:

Team Opponents Divisional Games Opponents Cumulative Records
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @MTL, HAM, @ SSK, MTL, @ CGY, CGY 3 29-14 (.674)
Calgary Stampeders HAM, @ TOR, @ MTL, SSK, WPG, @ WPG, @ BC 4 34-32 (.515)
Toronto Argonauts CGY, SSK, @ BC, OTT, @ MTL, OTT, @ HAM 4 33-32 (.507)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ CGY, @ EDM, @ WPG, EDM, OTT, @ MTL, TOR 3 33-34 (.492)
Montreal Alouettes @ SSK, WPG, @ BC, CGY, @ WPG, TOR, HAM, @ OTT 3 38-40 (.487)
BC Lions OTT, @ OTT, MTL, TOR, @ EDM, SSK, CGY 3 31-35 (.469)
Saskatchewan Roughriders MTL, @ TOR, WPG, @ CGY, @ BC, @ EDM, EDM 5 31-36 (.462)
Edmonton Eskimos HAM, @ OTT, @ HAM, BC, SSK, @ SSK 3 20-24 (.454)
Ottawa REDBLACKS @ BC, BC, EDM, @ TOR, @ HAM, @ TOR, MTL 4 24-31 (.436)