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Edmonton 41....Toronto 26
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2597/edmonton-eskimos-vs-toronto-argonauts/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-toronto-argonauts-edmonton-eskimos-recap-week-10-1.5250553
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76106
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/18/eskimo-airshow-takes-down-argos-ten-other-thoughts/
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/16/ellingson-harris-reunite-as-eskimos-offence-lights-up-argos/

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Hamilton 21....Ottawa 7
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2598/hamilton-tiger-cats-vs-ottawa-redblacks/
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76107
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-ottawa-redblacks-hamilton-ticats-recap-week-10-1.5251281
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/19/ticats-win-snoozer-over-redblacks-and-nine-other-thoughts/
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/18/obnoxious-offence-dooms-redblacks-11-other-thoughts-on-losing-to-the-ticats/

Lewis Ward missed a field goal attempt for the first time this year.
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/17/lewis-wards-consecutive-field-goal-streak-snapped-at-69/

The Redblacks had a Gay Pride rainbow sticker on their helmets.  What's up with that?

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Montreal 40....Calgary 34
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2599/montreal-alouettes-vs-calgary-stampeders/
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76108
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-clgary-stampeders-montreal-alouettes-recap-week-10-1.5251331
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/18/recap-montreal-40-calgary-34/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/17/roberson-ties-league-lead-with-6th-int/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/17/begelton-comes-close-to-tying-cfl-record-with-4-receiving-tds/

This was the first time the Als beat the Stamps in Calgary in ten years!

Bo Levi Mitchell was expected to return this week, but his arm still hurts, so he was put back onto the six-game list.
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/16/stampeders-put-qb-bo-levi-mitchell-back-on-the-six-game-injured-list/

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Week 10 Plays of the Week
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/19/ellingson-makes-a-spectacular-catch-in-the-timber-mart-plays-of-the-week/

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Jonathan Newsome has signed with BC.
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/20/lions-sign-former-riders-redblacks-dl-jonathan-newsome/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/20/lions-add-dl-jonathan-newsome-db-oshane-samuels-practice-roster/

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In Ottawa, Rick Campbell has decided to let Joe Paopao call the plays.
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/20/redblacks-hand-play-calling-duties-to-joe-paopao/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/20/rick-campell-speaks-on-redblacks-coaching-shuffle/

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The Argos are shopping James Wilder, Jr.
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/16/argos-shopping-star-rb-james-wilder-jr/|
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/19/oleary-argos-offer-little-clarity-wilder-jr-situation/

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Jeff Knox, Jr., has signed with Ottawa.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/20/redblacks-add-jeff-knox-jr-practice-roster/

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power rankings
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/20/nissan-titan-power-rankings-window-opportunity/
http://pifflespodcast.com/blog/gregonsports-power-rankings-week-10-edition
https://firstdownsportspodcast.com/2019/08/19/cfl-power-rankings-after-week-10-2/

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QB index
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/19/rockstar-qb-index-appointment-viewing-big-play-va/

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Week 10 recaps
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/19/totalpickem-recap-week-10/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/19/landrys-5-takeaways-week-10-3/|
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/19/steinbergs-mmqb-one-best-ever/
https://s165.podbean.com/pb/a5813939521666a622c17a76dbbee42c/5d5c6fd0/data2/fs132/810062/uploads/2andOut_189.mp3?pbss=13952cb6-e822-5abf-9a7b-bfb0ba267fc6

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We are now at the mid-point of the season, so let's take a look at the standings.
https://www.cfl.ca/standings/

We know that three teams will not make the playoffs.  Toronto and BC have each won only once.  Ottawa has lost six of its last seven.  Unless another team collapses because of injuries, I have to think that we already know who won't make the playoffs.

So this should allow the fourth West team to cross over.  I expect that to be the Riders.

I think there have been two big surprises thus far.  The first has been that BC's o-line has been terrible.  The Lions' free agent signings over the winter made them look like a powerhouse.  But they are the worst in the league in allowing sacks, and that's a mark of a really bad team.

The second surprise is that the Als have become competitive.  The credit has been given to Vernon Adams, Jr., but he hasn't been doing it by himself.  Today it appears that Montreal will host a playoff game.

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Week 11 results

Winnipeg 34....Edmonton 28
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2600/winnipeg-blue-bombers-vs-edmonton-eskimos/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-winnipeg-blue-bombers-edmonton-eskimos-recap-week-11-1.5258673
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76109

Streveler did fine.  The Bombers didn't really miss Nichols.

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Sask 40....Ottawa 18
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2601/ottawa-redblacks-vs-saskatchewan-roughriders/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-ottawa-redblacks-saskatchewan-roughriders-recap-week-11-1.5259105
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76110
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/24/shades-of-kerry-joseph-cody-fajardo-sprinkles-magic-in-riders-romp-over-redblacks/
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/24/redblacks-bench-dominique-davis-after-three-interceptions-against-riders/
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/25/redblacks-season-slips-away-11-other-thoughts-on-losing-to-saskatchewan/
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/26/riders-follow-similar-script-for-fifth-straight-win-and-10-other-thoughts/

It looks like Jennings will be the Redblacks' starter now.
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/26/rick-campbell-drops-hints-about-possibly-switching-to-jon-jennings-as-the-redblacks-starting-qb/

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Hamilton 13....BC 10
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2602/hamilton-tiger-cats-vs-bc-lions/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-hamilton-tiger-cats-bc-lions-recap-week-11-1.5259195
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76111
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/25/jekyll-and-hyde-teams-struggle-to-get-out-of-their-own-way-as-ticats-thwart-lions/

Although BC has won only one game, they do not stink.

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Montreal 28....Toronto 22
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2603/montreal-alouettes-vs-toronto-argonauts/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/alouettes-argonauts-cfl-week-11-recap-1.5259456
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76112
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/25/east-coast-thriller-alouettes-survive-late-argos-drive-vernon-adams-jr-leads-second-straight-comeback/

Adams wins again.  The Argos almost pulled it out.

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Week 11 Plays of the Week
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/26/the-alouettes-execute-a-triple-reverse-play-to-top-the-timber-mart-plays-of-the-week/

highlights
https://www.cfl.ca/best-highlights-week-11-2/

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Andrew Harris failed a PED test, and has been suspended for two weeks.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/andrew-harris-banned-substance-suspended-1.5259948
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/26/bombers-rb-andrew-harris-suspended-two-games-for-positive-drug-test/
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/26/what-andrew-harris-suspension-means-for-the-bombers/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/26/andrew-harris-handed-two-game-suspension-violating-cfl-cflpa-drug-policy/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/26/harris-releases-statement-suspension-violating-drug-policy/

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QB index
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/26/rockstar-qb-index-mcleod-making-progress/

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Week 11 recaps
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/26/totalpickem-recap-week-11/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/26/landrys-5-takeaways-week-11-3/

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early CFL Award picks
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/26/steinbergs-mmqb-big-surprise-montreal/

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power rankings
http://pifflespodcast.com/blog/safimods-power-rankings-week-11-edition
https://firstdownsportspodcast.com/2019/08/26/cfl-power-rankings-after-week-11-2/

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Week 12 results

Sask 19....Winnipeg 17
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2604/winnipeg-blue-bombers-vs-saskatchewan-roughriders/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-week-12-saskatchewan-winnipeg-recap-1.5267129
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76113
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/01/brett-lauther-celebrates-game-winning-kick-by-chugging-pilsner/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/02/bombers-mike-oshea-upset-with-riders-craig-dickenson-for-breaking-cfl-rules-hurting-chad-rempel/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/02/blue-bomber-talk-podcast-back-ups-play-angry-oshea-another-loss-on-labour-day/

Lauther won it with a field goal as time expired.

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Hamilton 38....Toronto 27
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2605/toronto-argonauts-vs-hamilton-tiger-cats/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/toronto-argonauts-hamilton-tiger-cats-labour-day-classic-1.5267879
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76114
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/02/ticats-claw-back-argos-in-labour-day-classic/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/03/ticats-flip-the-script-beat-argos-in-the-labour-day-classic-and-eight-other-thoughts/

The Ticats outscored the Argos 27-3 in the second half.

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Calgary 25....Edmonton 9
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2606/edmonton-eskimos-vs-calgary-stampeders/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/edmonton-eskimos-calgary-stampeders-labour-day-recap-1.5267884
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76115
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/03/eskimos-fail-to-show-any-encouraging-signs-thoughts-on-the-labour-day-battle-of-alberta/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/03/the-importance-of-stampeders-labour-day-victories-and-other-thoughts-on-calgarys-win/

Bo Levi Mitchell returned, started for the Stampeders and looked great.

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Week 12 Plays of the Week
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/03/stamps-score-top-spots-in-the-timber-mart-plays-of-the-week/

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Week 12 recaps
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/03/landrys-5-takeaways-week-12-3/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/03/totalpickem-recap-week-12/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/03/steinbergs-mmqb-pivots-take-centre-stage/

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QB index
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/03/rockstar-qb-index-bo-show-back-air/

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power rankings
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/03/nissan-titan-power-rankings-walk-off-remember/
http://pifflespodcast.com/blog/safimods-power-rankings-week-12-edition
https://firstdownsportspodcast.com/2019/09/03/cfl-power-rankings-after-week-12-2/
https://thegruelingtruth.com/football/cfl-power-rankings-week-13-2/

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Saturday was the NFL's cutdown day.
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/31/nfl-training-camp-roster-moves-tracker-for-players-with-cfl-connections/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/03/oleary-nfl-cuts/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/02/group-of-possible-cfl-canadian-free-agents-could-include-julian-edleman/

Brandon Zylstra was claimed on waivers by Carolina.
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/01/carolina-panthers-claim-for-eskimos-receiver-brandon-zylstra/

Diontae Spencer was claimed by Denver.
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/03/former-cfler-diontae-spencer-to-make-nfl-debut-with-denver-broncos-on-monday-night-football/

Alex Singleton to Philadelphia's taxi squad.
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/01/standout-lb-alex-singleton-accepts-practice-roster-spot-with-philadelphia-eagles/

Duke Williams to Buffalo's taxi squad.
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/25/former-cfl-receiver-duke-williams-grabs-attention-of-buffalo-bills-qb-josh-allen/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/31/report-duke-williams-released-nfl-bills/

Samuel Eguavoen makes Miami.
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/31/former-roughrider-samuel-eguavoen-makes-miami-dolphins-53-man-roster/

Ty Long makes the LA Chargers.

Dontrelle Inman makes the LA Chargers.

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BC has fired OL coach Bryan Chiu, and replaced him with Kelly Bates.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/31/lions-relieve-bryan-chiu-duties-add-kelly-bates-ol-coach/
https://3downnation.com/2019/08/31/b-c-lions-fire-offensive-line-coach-brian-chiu-hire-kelly-bates/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/04/ed-hervey-describes-lions-ol-under-bryan-chiu-looking-like-theyve-never-played-this-game/

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Here were the 8/31 game notes
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/08/31/cfl-ca-game-notes-look-week-12-2/

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9/4 checking down
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/04/checking-news-notes-week-13/

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Week 13 picks
http://17degreesports.com/index.php/2019/09/04/cfl-week-13-preview/

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Rod Pedersen sums up Week 12.
http://rodpedersen.com/20-thoughts-from-labour-day-classic-weekend/
http://rodpedersen.com/the-point-after-the-latest-in-the-cfl-2/

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9/4 USports Top 10
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/04/usports-top-10-reigning-vanier-cup-champion-laval-unanimous-no-1-pick/

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Week 13 results

Montreal 21....BC 16
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2607/bc-lions-vs-montreal-alouettes/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/alouettes-lions-cfl-week-13-recap-1.5274229
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76116
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/06/alouettes-secure-third-straight-win-over-the-improving-b-c-lions/

Best game of a bad week.  The Als have now won three straight.

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Toronto 46....Ottawa 17
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2608/toronto-argonauts-vs-ottawa-redblacks/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-week-13-toronto-ottawa-recap-1.5274845
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76117
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/07/argonauts-expose-redblacks-snag-first-road-win-in-14-games/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/08/redblacks-dim-playoff-hopes-blown-away-in-loss-to-argos-nine-other-thoughts/

It looks to me like the Reblacks are currently the worst team in the league.

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Winnipeg 35....Sask 10
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2609/saskatchewan-roughriders-vs-winnipeg-blue-bombers/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/winnipeg-blue-bombers-saskatchewan-roughriders-cfl-week-13-recap-1.5274995
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76118
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/07/riders-blown-out-by-bombers-in-banjo-bowl/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/07/bombers-overcome-injuries-manhandle-riders-nine-other-thoughts/

The Bombers win the Banjo Bowl handily, halting the Riders' six-game winning streak.

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Calgary 33....Edmonton 17
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2610/calgary-stampeders-vs-edmonton-eskimos/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/calgary-stampeders-edmonton-eskimos-cfl-week-13-recap-1.5275009
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76119
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/07/eskimos-lose-trevor-harris-game-stampeders-take-labour-day-rematch/

Bo Levi Mitchell now has the Stampeders record for most victories as starting QB (overtaking Henry Burris).  Trevor Harris hurt his arm.

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Tyrell Sutton has signed with the Ticats.
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/09/ticats-sign-veteran-rb-tyrell-sutton/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/09/tyrell-sutton-signs-ticats/

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Mathieu Betts has signed with the Eskimos.
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/08/laval-star-dl-mathieu-betts-signs-with-eskimos-following-nfl-training-camp/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/08/report-esks-agree-terms-former-top-prospect-matthieu-betts/

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power rankings
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/11/3downnation-power-rankings-redblacks-hit-rock-bottom/
https://lastwordoncanadianfootball.com/2019/09/11/cfl-week-13-power-rankings/

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Week 14 picks
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/11/weekly-predictor-confidence-alouettes/

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9/11 checking down
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/11/checking-news-notes-week-14/

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Justin Trudeau today called for an election Oct. 21.  That is the Tuesday between Weeks 19 and 20.  All of the games those two weeks will be intra-divisional, meaning they will be most relevant to the final standings.  So we will see to what extent the politics distracts from the football.

John Hodge reflects on the performances thus far in the inter-divisional games.
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/11/2019-season-shows-increasing-divisional-parity/

Edited by GA Russell

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