Nearing the midpoint of the regular season, most teams have a good idea of where they stand. Here we’ll take a look at which teams have the best chance of making a deep playoff run.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Winnipeg has maintained its dominance and is now ranked first. Despite a rough start to the season, the Blue Bombers won 9 consecutive games which makes this one of the most favorite team for online sports betting in canada. While a pair of missed field goals put an end to Winnipeg’s winning streak, the team’s defensive and offensive stability allowed them to maintain first place going into their Week 11 bye.
Even now, Nathan Rourke is this year’s most exciting newcomer in the Canadian Football League. Despite throwing two picks on Saturday, he led the Lions to an exciting victory over the Calgary Stampeders and established a new Canadian Football League record for passing yards in a game by a Canadian quarterback. With his 2,906 passing yards and 30 total touchdowns, the Lions have a chance to win the division.
Even though Bo Levi Mitchell became the franchise’s all-time leading passer on Saturday, Calgary has lost three straight close games in a row. The Stampeders have a chance to move up the standings if they are able to prevent further injuries to key players, have some of them return from injury, and come from behind to Cbeat the league’s best teams.
The Roughriders’ win against the Elks snapped a three-game losing skid. They face the Blue Bombers, Lions, & Stampeders in seven of their last nine games. The club has to figure out how to better protect quarterback Cody Fajardo, who is playing with an injured knee , after giving up 32 sacks.
In spite of their recent loss to archrivals Hamilton, the Toronto Argonauts continue to hold on to first place in the East Division. Stars like Andrew Harris and Cam Phillips are among those injured for Toronto. The Argos’ offense has been boosted by McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who averages 282 yards per game. He has also gone three games without throwing an interception.
Last week, the top-ranked Bombers were defeated by the Alouettes in an exciting road game at IG Field. Montreal still has a chance to secure a postseason berth in the Eastern Conference with only two games left versus West opponents. The Als’ future success may depend on how well they maintain a balanced attacking attack.
Hamilton Tiger Cats
In the regular season matchup with Toronto, the tandem of Matthew Shiltz and Jamie Newman was a key factor in keeping it even. Even with a winless record through the first four games of the season, Hamilton is still in the fight for the East Division title. The Ticats have a -16 turnover ratio, which must be improved upon if they want to make the playoffs with their two-quarterback scheme.
The Redblacks’ 2022 campaign has been terrible. Caleb Evans & Nick Arbuckle have both subbed in for Ottawa as quarterback. If you need a positive example, go no farther than Jaelon Acklin, whose 715 receiving yards are second-best in the league.
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