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Week 13 Playoff Landscape: Can Winnipeg Secure a Spot While East Division Waits?

The Canadian Football League’s race for the Grey Cup is ramping up as Week 13 looms large, with Winnipeg on the cusp of playoff confirmation. With matchups set for the OK Tire Labour Day Weekend, let’s examine the high-stakes action and strategic implications.

The Current Standings

East Division
  1. Toronto Argonauts: 8-1-0 (W2) | PF: 307 | PA: 206
  2. Montreal Alouettes: 6-4-0 (L1) | PF: 241 | PA: 226
  3. Hamilton Tiger-Cats: 4-6-0 (W1) | PF: 200 | PA: 261
  4. Ottawa REDBLACKS: 3-8-0 (L5) | PF: 251 | PA: 283
West Division
  1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers: 9-2-0 (W5) | PF: 344 | PA: 225
  2. BC Lions: 7-4-0 (L2) | PF: 275 | PA: 217
  3. Saskatchewan Roughriders: 5-5-0 (W1) | PF: 210 | PA: 272
  4. Calgary Stampeders: 3-8-0 (L3) | PF: 248 | PA: 294
  5. Edmonton Elks: 2-9-0 (W2) | PF: 188 | PA: 280

Week 13 Playoff Implications

West Division

A win for Winnipeg against Saskatchewan this week will guarantee them a place in the postseason, making it their seventh consecutive year in the playoffs.

East Division

No team in the East Division can officially clinch a playoff spot this week, keeping the division on tenterhooks for another round of games.

Quick Notes:

  • In 2022, Winnipeg clinched their playoff spot after their 12th game, indicating a consistent performance.

Crossover Rule Clarification

The CFL’s unique crossover rule stipulates that if the fourth-place team in one division has more points than the third-place team in the other division, they will replace the latter in the playoff seedings and compete against the second-place team in the divisional semi-final.

Week 13 Matchups – OK Tire Labour Day Weekend:

  • Saturday, September 2, 7 p.m. ET: BC Lions at Montreal Alouettes
  • Sunday, September 3, 7 p.m. ET: Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • Monday, September 4, 3:30 p.m. ET: Toronto Argonauts at Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Monday, September 4, 7 p.m. ET: Edmonton Elks at Calgary Stampeders

With the OK Tire Labour Day Weekend acting as a catalyst, the playoff picture could become clearer or more muddied, depending on the outcomes. Stay tuned as Week 13 promises to be a defining moment in the CFL’s 2023 season.

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