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Playoff Decisions Loom: Edmonton, Ottawa’s Fate & Key Thanksgiving Weekend CFL Matchups

Playoff Prospects Hinge on Thanksgiving Weekend in CFL’s West & East Divisions


  • Saskatchewan’s Fate: A win for Saskatchewan this weekend will mean there’s no crossover possibility for the fourth-place team from the East Division. Additionally, both Edmonton and Ottawa will be taken out of the playoff equation.
  • Edmonton on the Edge: An unfortunate loss for Edmonton will ensure they’re no longer in the running for a playoff position.


  • Montreal and Hamilton Dynamics: Should Montreal come out on top and Hamilton falter, Montreal secures the privilege of hosting the Eastern Semi-final. This pivotal game will be showcased at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, kicking off at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 4th.
  • Ottawa’s Playoff Aspirations: A slip for Ottawa will lead to their exit from playoff aspirations.


  • Toronto’s Reign Continues: For the third year running, Toronto has firmly clinched the East Division title, marking their achievement in Week 15.
  • Winnipeg’s Steady Streak: The team booked their playoff berth for a commendable seventh year in a row during Week 14.
  • BC Lions Return: Marking their presence for the second year back-to-back, BC announced their playoff berth in Week 16.
  • Montreal’s Consistency: The team ensured their post-season journey for the fourth year in a row during Week 17.
  • Hamilton Joins the Playoff Club: Also marking their playoff spot in Week 17, Hamilton celebrates their playoff berth for the fifth consecutive year.

DECIPHERING THE CROSSOVER RULE: Should the fourth-place team in one division surpass the third-place team in the other division in terms of points (a tie doesn’t count), they’ll “cross over” and adopt the other division’s playoff seeding. This team then competes in the division semi-final, facing off against the second-place team from the other division.


  • Friday, October 6: Edmonton faces off against Toronto at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Winnipeg challenging BC at 10 p.m. ET.
  • Saturday, October 7: Hamilton takes on Saskatchewan at 7 p.m. ET.
  • Monday, October 9: Ottawa will be testing their mettle against Montreal, with the game starting at 1 p.m. ET.

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