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October 22, 2019

Strength of Schedule: Esks face tough back-to-back against Riders

The Canadian Press

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, takes a data-driven look at who has the shortest path to the post-season and who faces an uphill battle.

As the postseason gets closer with every passing week, there are three different teams that are tied for the hardest remaining schedule in the league. Those squads are the BC Lions, Edmonton Eskimos, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, whose remaining opponents have all won over two-thirds of their games this year.

After that, it’s the Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes, and Saskatchewan Roughriders, who’s remaining opponents sit at .500 on the year.

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The Ottawa REDBLACKS and Hamilton Tiger-Cats are now tied for the easiest remaining schedule in the league. Each team takes on Montreal and Toronto to finish off their respective 2019 campaigns.

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

Team Opponents Divisional Games Opponents Cumulative Records
BC Lions CGY 1 11-5 (.687)
Edmonton Eskimos SSK, @ SSK 2 11-5 (.687)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers CGY 1 22-10 (.687)
Montreal Alouettes HAM, @ OTT 2 16-16 (.500)
Saskatchewan Roughriders @ EDM, EDM 2 16-16 (.500)
Toronto Argonauts OTT, @ HAM 2 16-16 (.500)
Calgary Stampeders @ WPG, @ BC 2 15-19 (.441)
Ottawa REDBLACKS @ TOR, MTL 2 12-20 (.375)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ MTL, TOR 2 12-20 (.375)