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October 8, 2019

Strength of Schedule: Leos have tough task ahead to make playoffs


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 BC Lions have rolled to four straight victories, however, their remaining slate will make it difficult for them to push for a playoff spot. They have a head-to-head with the Edmonton Eskimos — who they’re chasing for the crossover playoff spot — in Week 18. After that, they finish their year against the two top teams in the West: The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Calgary Stampeders.

Full 2019 Standings | 2019 Crossover Standings | 2019 Game Schedule


Once again, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have the easiest remaining schedule. They play Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto to end their year. The three teams have a combined 13 wins on the year.

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

Team Opponents Divisional Games Opponents Cumulative Records
Winnipeg Blue Bombers MTL, @ CGY, CGY 2 26-16 (.619)
BC Lions @ EDM, SSK, CGY 3 26-17 (.604)
Edmonton Eskimos BC, SSK, @ SSK 3 25-18 (.581)
Calgary Stampeders SSK, WPG, @ WPG, @ BC 4 33-26 (.559)
Saskatchewan Roughriders @ CGY, @ BC, @ EDM, EDM 4 28-31 (.474)
Toronto Argonauts OTT, @ MTL, OTT, @ HAM 4 26-31 (.453)
Montreal Alouettes @ WPG, TOR, HAM, @ OTT 3 26-32 (.448)
Ottawa REDBLACKS @ TOR, @ HAM, @ TOR, MTL 4 24-33 (.421)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats OTT, @ MTL, TOR 3 13-29 (.309)