October 1, 2019

Strength of Schedule: Road to clinching becomes harder for Esks

Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

TORONTO — We’re well on our way down the Shaw Road to the Grey Cup, and with teams jockeying for positions in the standings — and playoff positions — we look forward to each team’s remaining games this year.

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

The Edmonton Eskimos have gotten back to .500 following a victory over the Ottawa REDBLACKS in Week 16. But heading into their final four games of the season, they now have the second-hardest slate of games among any team. They’ll get the BC Lions — who have won their last three games — and a back-to-back against Saskatchewan to end the 2019 regular season. They need just one more win to clinch the crossover playoff spot.

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After winning their 11th game of the campaign. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats continue to have the easiest schedule in the entire league. They’ll have Ottawa and Toronto in two of their last four games.

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

Team Opponents Divisional Games Opponents Cumulative Records
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ SSK, MTL, @ CGY, CGY 3 34-18 (.653)
Edmonton Eskimos @ HAM, BC, SSK, @ SSK 3 33-21 (.611)
Calgary Stampeders @ MTL, SSK, WPG, @ WPG, @ BC 4 38-30 (.558)
Saskatchewan Roughriders WPG, @ CGY, @ BC, @ EDM, EDM 5 36-33 (.521)
BC Lions  TOR, @ EDM, SSK, CGY 3  27-26 (.504)
Montreal Alouettes CGY, @ WPG, TOR, HAM, @ OTT 3 34-34 (.500)
Ottawa REDBLACKS @ TOR, @ HAM, @ TOR, MTL 4 22-31 (.415)
Toronto Argonauts @ BC, OTT, @ MTL, OTT, @ HAM 4 28-41 (.405)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats EDM, OTT, @ MTL, TOR 3 19-35 (.351)