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Week 15 results

Calgary 23....Toronto 16
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2614/calgary-stampeders-vs-toronto-argonauts/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-week-15-calgary-stamperders-toronto-argonauts-1.5292445
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76123
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/20/stampeders-use-strong-first-half-to-sail-to-another-win-over-argos/

Calgary was the better team.  The Argos had a good fourth quarter, and theoretically could have come back, but not really.

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Hamilton 30....Edmonton 27
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2615/hamilton-tiger-cats-vs-edmonton-eskimos/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/hamilton-tiger-cats-edmonton-cfl-1.5292373
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76124
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/21/ticats-first-cfl-team-to-clinch-playoff-spot/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/20/eskimos-cant-complete-comeback-lose-to-tiger-cats/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/21/sportsball-giveth-sportsball-taketh-away-thoughts-on-the-eskimos-bank-shot-loss/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/22/ticats-escape-edmonton-with-a-win-and-a-playoff-spot/

The Ticats led 24-0 in the second, but needed Hajrullahu to kick a 34-yard field goal on the last play of the game to win it.

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Montreal 38....Winnipeg 37
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2616/winnipeg-blue-bombers-vs-montreal-alouettes/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/winnipeg-blue-bombers-montreal-alouettes-cfl-week-15-1.5292929
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76125
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/21/comeback-king-vernon-adams-jr-flies-alouettes-to-wild-win-over-bombers/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/21/bombers-collapse-out-east-again-10-other-thoughts/

The Bombers led 34 - 10 late in the second, and 37-24 with at the three minute warning.  

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BC 40....Ottawa 7
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2617/bc-lions-vs-ottawa-redblacks/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/ottawa-redblacks-bc-lions-cfl-week-15-1.5292968
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/21/redblacks-bood-off-the-field-lions-register-second-consecutive-blowout/

Duron Carter threw a touchdown pass!
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/21/trick-play-has-carter-air-it-out-for-the-td/

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Now let's consider the playoffs.  Nobody is mathematically eliminated yet.  But Ottawa, Toronto and BC have lost 10 games.  That means the most they can win is 8.  That means that if an eastern team wins 9, the worst it can finish is second.  And if a western team wins 9, it will finish ahead of Ottawa and Toronto, and thus qualify for the crossover spot.  Therefore, when a team wins its ninth game, it will qualify for the playoffs.

As a result, Hamilton, Winnipeg and Calgary qualified for the playoffs this weekend.
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/22/bombers-stampeders-clinch-playoff-spots/

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Week 15 highlights
https://www.cfl.ca/best-highlights-week-15-2/

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Week 15 Plays of the Week
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/23/ellingson-holds-on-for-unbelievable-td-grab-in-the-timber-mart-plays-of-the-week/

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power rankings
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/24/red-hot-stamps-climb-nissan-titan-power-rankings/
http://pifflespodcast.com/blog/safimods-2019-power-rankings-week-15-edition
https://firstdownsportspodcast.com/2019/09/23/cfl-power-rankings-after-week-15-2/
https://thegruelingtruth.com/football/tgt-cfl-power-rankings-week-16/

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Week 15 recaps
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/23/landrys-5-takeaways-week-15-2/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/23/totalpickem-recap-week-15/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/23/steinbergs-mmqb-guess-whos-back/

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USports Week 5 recap
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/23/u-sports-recap-queens-alberta-score-big-wins/

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9/23 QB index
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/23/rockstar-qb-index-welcome-back-james-franklin/

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Week 15 QB accuracy
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/24/accuracy-grades-target-week-15/

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The Stampeders' Ka'Deem Carey broke his arm, and is gone for the year.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/24/kadeem-carey-done-season/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/23/stamps-rb-kadeem-carey-suffers-broken-arm-done-for-the-season/

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Montreal analysis
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/24/cauz-montreal-alouettes-defied-odds/

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BC analysis
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/23/schematic-excellence-and-six-other-thoughts-on-the-lions-40-7-dismantling-of-ottawa/

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Winnipeg analysis
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/23/blue-bomber-talk-podcast-bombers-relapse-in-epic-collapse/

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Ottawa analysis
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/23/redblacks-roll-over-and-play-dead-eleven-other-thoughts-on-losing-to-the-lions/

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Today's look at everyone's strength of schedule.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/24/strength-schedule-ticats-short-path-east-crown/

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James Franklin will start for the Argos against the Riders this week.
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/23/argos-to-start-james-franklin-at-quarterback-against-riders/

 

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9/24 USports Top 10
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/24/usports-top-10-western-stays-no-1-following-hard-fought-win/

Goodbye Varsity!

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Week 16 picks
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/25/weekly-predictor-three-row-bc/
http://17degreesports.com/index.php/2019/09/25/cfl-week-16-preview/
https://thegruelingtruth.com/podcast/bet-now-presents-the-cfl-weekly-pickem-show-week-16-w-robert-drummond/

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The Riders will clinch a playoff spot the next time they win.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/25/playoff-scenarios-riders-can-clinch-win-toronto/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/25/riders-can-clinch-playoff-spot-with-win-against-argos/

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9/25 checking down
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/25/checking-news-notes-week-16/
http://rodpedersen.com/the-point-after-the-latest-in-the-cfl-3/

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Vernon Adams, Jr., was named Week 15's Player of the Week.  He was also suspended one game for removing Adam Bighill's helmet and hitting him with it.
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/23/cfl-suspends-vernon-adams-jr-for-one-game-due-to-dangerous-and-reckless-act/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/23/past-helmet-swinging-incidents-set-precedent-alouettes-vernon-adams-jr-should-be-suspended/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/24/vernon-adams-jr-wont-appeal-suspension-for-helmet-swinging-incident/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/24/head-cfl-official-admits-referees-erred-by-failing-to-eject-vernon-adams-jr/

Shiltz, rather than Pipken, will start for the Als this week in Adams' stead.
http://rodpedersen.com/adams-named-player-of-the-week-als-to-start-schiltz-in-week-16/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/25/oleary-shiltz-faces-tough-task-searching-win-vancouver/

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I forgot to mention Sunday that the Eskimos put Trevor Harris on the one-game injured list, so Logan Kilgore started for him.  That leaves Mike Reilly as the only quarterback to have started every game.

Simoni Lawrence hit Kilgore with a head shot, and was fined the maximum.  You will recall that it was Lawrence's head shot that put Zach Collaros out the first week, and Collaros has yet to return.
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/25/simoni-lawrence-hit-with-maximum-cfl-fine-after-head-shot-on-eskimos-qb-logan-kilgore/

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Sask analysis
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/26/green-cast-what-to-do-with-jwl/

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Week 16 picks
https://doorfliesopen.com/2019/09/26/cfl-beat-101/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/26/prediction-time-cfl-ca-writers-make-week-16-picks-2/
https://www.thestar.com/sports/football/2019/09/25/cfl-picks-als-turn-to-shiltz-at-quarterback-with-adams-serving-suspension.html
http://rodpedersen.com/week-16-cfl-picks-2019/
https://torontosun.com/sports/football/cfl/cfl-blitz-even-keel-personality-helps-khari-jones-navigate-crazy-season-as-montreal-head-coach
https://firstdownsportspodcast.com/2019/09/25/video-podcast-fds-cfl-s3e17-arent-helmets-for-protection/

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power rankings
https://lastwordoncanadianfootball.com/2019/09/25/cfl-week-15-power-rankings/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/26/3downnation-power-rankings-bombers-collapse-triggers-fall-from-the-upper-echelon/

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9/26 game notes
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/26/cfl-ca-game-notes-look-week-16-4/

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The league has listed its best comebacks of the past five years.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/25/counting-best-comebacks-past-five-years/

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The league has listed its most memorable Grey Cup halftime shows.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/26/roundup-memorable-gc-halftime-shows/

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The primary performer at this year's Grey Cup halftime will be Keith Urban.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/26/keith-urban-take-centre-stage-freedom-mobile-grey-cup-halftime-show/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/26/somebody-like-you-keith-urban-to-perform-at-grey-cup-halftime-in-calgary/

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Matt Nichols underwent shoulder surgery this afternoon, and is gone for the year.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/26/matt-nichols-undergo-season-ending-shoulder-surgery/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/26/bombers-qb-matt-nichols-undergoes-shoulder-surgery-out-for-the-season/

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Ciante Evans broke his hand last week, and will be out indefinitely.
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/26/blow-to-the-birds-alouettes-db-ciante-evans-breaks-hand-out-indefinitely/

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Week 16 results

Hamilton 33....Winnipeg 13
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2618/hamilton-tiger-cats-vs-winnipeg-blue-bombers/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/dane-evans-tiger-cats-blue-bombers-1.5301044
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76127
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/27/simoni-lawrence-sets-cfl-record-as-ticats-stymie-bombers/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/27/bombers-suffer-ticat-beatdown-eight-other-thoughts/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/29/by-dismantling-the-bombers-ticats-prove-they-are-the-cfls-best-team/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/30/simoni-lawrence-sets-new-cfl-record-for-tackles-in-a-game/

The score makes the Bombers look worse than they really played.

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Edmonton 21....Ottawa 16
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2619/edmonton-eskimos-vs-ottawa-redblacks/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/edmonton-eskimos-ottawa-redblacks-cfl-week-16-1.5301686
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76128
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/28/canadian-tevaun-smith-comes-up-clutch-for-eskimos-who-escape-ottawa-with-a-win/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/29/the-ugly-ones-count-too-thoughts-on-the-eskimos-edging-the-redblacks/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/29/redblacks-tie-esks-but-lose-to-refs-10-other-thoughts/

Congrats to Logan Kilgore, who proved to himself that he can beat the league's worst team.

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Sask 41....Toronto 16
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2620/saskatchewan-roughriders-vs-toronto-argonauts/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/toronto-argonauts-saskatchewan-roughriders-week-16-1.5301695
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76129
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/28/riders-cody-fajardo-finds-holes-in-the-boat-sinks-argos-and-clinches-playoff-spot/
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/30/riders-did-what-they-had-to-do-against-the-argos-and-seven-other-thoughts/

The Riders clinched a playoff spot.  James Franklin doesn't look like the answer to the Argos' problems.

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BC 25....Montreal 23
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/29/by-dismantling-the-bombers-ticats-prove-they-are-the-cfls-best-team/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/montreal-alouettes-bc-lions-week-16-1.5301704
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/29/victory-slips-through-montreals-fingers-as-the-lions-eke-out-a-win-at-home/

Best game of the week.  Shiltz had a fine game subbing for Adams.

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Week 16 Plays of the Week
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/30/smith-hauls-in-insane-grab-against-two-defenders-in-the-timber-mart-plays-of-the-week/

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power rankings
http://pifflespodcast.com/blog/safimods-2019-power-rankings-week-16-edition
https://firstdownsportspodcast.com/2019/09/30/cfl-power-rankings-after-week-16-2/
https://thegruelingtruth.com/football/cfl-power-rankings-week-17-2/

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Winnipeg analysis
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/30/blue-bomber-talk-podcast-bombers-fail-test-fall-in-west-fans-feel-depressed/

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The Eskimos need one more win to clinch a playoff spot.  The Als need at least a tie to clinch second place.
https://3downnation.com/2019/09/30/eskimos-alouettes-can-clinch-playoff-spots-in-week-17/

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9/30 QB index
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/30/rockstar-qb-index-evans-erasing-doubt/

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Week 16 recaps
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/30/simoni-lawrence-sets-new-cfl-record-for-tackles-in-a-game/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/30/landrys-5-takeaways-week-16-3/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/30/steinbergs-mmqb-dont-forget-vets/

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USports Week 7 recap
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/09/30/u-sports-roundup-huskies-huntin-western-cruise/

 

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Week 17 results

Hamilton 42....Edmonton 12
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2622/edmonton-eskimos-vs-hamilton-tiger-cats/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/hamilton-tiger-cats-edmonton-eskimos-1.5309962
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76131
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/04/eskimos-fall-under-500-as-ticats-cruise-to-victory/

The Ticats tied their team record 12th win.  I think it is fair to say that at this point Logan Kilgore is not the answer.

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Montreal 21....Calgary 17
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2623/calgary-stampeders-vs-montreal-alouettes/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-stampeders-alouettes-week-17-recap-oct-5-1.5310597
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76132
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/05/alouettes-defence-shuts-stamps-out-in-second-half-clinch-playoff-spot/

The best game of the week.  The win clinches a playoff spot for the Als, their first since 2014.  The Als shut out the Stampeders in the second half!

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Sask 21....Winnipeg 6
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2624/winnipeg-blue-bombers-vs-saskatchewan-roughriders/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-calgary-montreal-week-17-recap-oct-5-1.5310593
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76133
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/05/good-luck-charm-laura-fajardo-watches-husband-cody-gut-out-victory-versus-bombers/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/05/bombers-bested-in-battle-for-first-in-west-division-nine-other-thoughts/
https://lastwordoncanadianfootball.com/2019/10/05/saskatchewan-roughriders-move-first-place-victory-winnipeg-blue-bombers/

It was 14-6 with three minutes to go.  I think after that the Bombers' defense just got too tired.

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BC 55.....Toronto 8
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2625/toronto-argonauts-vs-bc-lions/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-toronto-bc-week-17-recap-oct-5-1.5310602
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76134
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/06/argonauts-washed-away-by-b-c-downpour-in-55-8-blowout/

The loss eliminates the Argos.  BC has not had a shutout since 1977.  The Argos scored with 22 seconds left in the game!  BC is still in the hunt, and play the still-not-clinched Eskimos next week!

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My biggest surprise of the off-season was that Bo Levi Mitchell did not sign with an NFL team.  Here he discusses his conversation with the Minnesota people.
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/04/the-vikings-didnt-want-bo-levi-mitchell-to-cause-a-qb-controversy-in-minnesota/

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Week 17 highlights
https://www.cfl.ca/best-highlights-week-17-2/

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USports Week 7 picks
https://www.cfl.ca/best-highlights-week-17-2/

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Dave Naylor considers the MOP contenders.
https://www.tsn.ca/naylor-s-kickoff-the-crowded-confusing-race-for-most-outstanding-player-1.1376360

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Having been eliminated from playoff contention Saturday, the Argos Tuesday made three announcements:
1) They have fired Jim Popp.
2) They have hired Pinball Clemons to replace him.
3) Everyone on the team is available.

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-toronto-argonauts-analysis-oct-7-1.5312622
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/07/general-manager-jim-popp-not-expected-to-be-retained-by-argos-report/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/08/argos-fire-general-manager-jim-popp/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/08/report-argos-relieve-gm-jim-popp-duties/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-toronto-argonauts-fire-gm-jim-popp-1.5313097
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/08/michael-pinball-clemons-named-argos-general-manager/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/08/argos-name-michael-pinball-clemons-general-manager/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/08/takeaways-from-the-pinball-clemons-introductory-press-conference/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/08/oleary-clemons-brings-spark-argos-front-office/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/09/chez-sez-pinball-gives-argos-instant-credibility/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/08/argos-available-for-trade-deadline-deals/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/09/argos-telling-teams-everyone-is-available-while-derel-walker-watch-is-on/

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Today the Argos traded Zach Collaros to Winnipeg.
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/09/bombers-argos-have-discussed-trade-for-zach-collaros/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/09/former-argos-gm-jim-popp-had-2020-extension-in-place-with-qb-zach-collaros/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-trade-toronto-winnipeg-zach-collaros-oct-9-1.5315510
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/09/bombers-acquire-quarterback-zach-collaros-in-trade-with-argos/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/09/bombers-acquire-zach-collaros-argos/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/09/collaros-reportedly-traded-to-bombers/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/09/walters-on-acquiring-collaros-its-depth-and-competition/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/09/argos-hope-to-re-sign-qb-zach-collaros-in-the-off-season/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/09/bombers-secure-coveted-veteran-quarterback-zach-collaros/

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Week 18 picks
https://torontosun.com/sports/football/cfl/cfl-blitz-lions-might-be-watching-playoffs-through-window-of-opportunity
https://doorfliesopen.com/2019/10/10/cfl-beat-103/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/09/weekly-predictor-believing-bc/
http://17degreesports.com/index.php/2019/10/09/cfl-week-18-preview/
https://thegruelingtruth.com/podcast/cfl-weekly-pickem-show-week-18-w-robert-drummond-2/
https://firstdownsportspodcast.com/2019/10/10/video-podcast-fds-cfl-s3e19-holy-shoesmith/

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power rankings
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/08/nissan-titan-power-rankings-eyes-prize-riderville/
http://pifflespodcast.com/blog/safimods-2019-power-rankings-week-17-edition
https://lastwordoncanadianfootball.com/2019/10/08/cfl-week-17-power-rankings/
https://thegruelingtruth.com/football/tgt-cfl-power-rankings-week-18/
https://firstdownsportspodcast.com/2019/10/07/cfl-power-rankings-after-week-17-2/

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Week 17 Plays of the Week
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/07/bryan-burnham-takes-over-the-timber-mart-plays-of-the-week/

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Week 17 recaps
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/07/landrys-5-takeaways-week-17-3/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/07/totalpickem-recap-week-17-2/

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Week 17 QB accuracy
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/08/accuracy-grades-target-week-17/

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QB index
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/07/rockstar-qb-index-win-loss-debate/

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10/9 checking down
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/09/checking-news-notes-week-18/

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Mike Reilly's five touchdown passes (total) last week was his career best.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/06/reilly-puts-career-best-five-td-performance/

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Juwan Simpson has retired.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/10/juwan-simpson-retires-stampeder/

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The Redblacks will start their third-string QB tomorrow against the Argos.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/07/redblacks-arndt-start-argos/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/09/arndt-focused-ahead-of-first-start/

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Lemar Durant hurt his foot, and is gone for the year.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/09/report-lemar-durant-remainder-season/

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Here is the current strength-of-schedule outlook.  BC has the second-toughest, while Edmonton has the third.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/08/strength-schedule-leos-tough-task-ahead-make-playoffs/

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USports Week 7 recap
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/07/u-sports-recap-gaiters-gee-gees-t-birds-oh/

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As you know, no political discussion is allowed here.  However, you might be interested in taking the quiz which the CBC has prepared, to inform you of whom you might vote for October 21 if you were eligible to vote in Canadian elections.

https://votecompass.cbc.ca/canada/survey

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Week 18 results

Toronto 28....Ottawa 21
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2626/ottawa-redblacks-vs-toronto-argonauts/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-toronto-ottawa-recap-oct-11-1.5318888
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76135
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/11/argos-top-redblacks-in-unwatchabowl/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/11/s-j-green-reaches-10000-career-receiving-yards/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/11/green-credits-teammates-way-10k-milestone/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/13/redblacks-continue-to-free-fall-nine-other-thoughts-on-losing-to-the-argos/

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Calgary 30....Sask 28
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2627/saskatchewan-roughriders-vs-calgary-stampeders/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/stampeders-roughriders-recap-cfl-week-18-1.5318917
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76136
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/12/the-stamps-bend-and-break-the-riders-reclaim-first-in-the-west/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/12/bo-levi-mitchell-felt-officials-were-calling-the-game-the-riders-way/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/13/riders-come-up-short-in-divisional-showdown-in-calgary-and-six-other-thoughts/

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Winnipeg 35....Montreal 24
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2628/montreal-alouettes-vs-winnipeg-blue-bombers/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-montreal-winnipeg-recap-oct-12-1.5319610
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76137
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/12/bombers-top-alouettes-in-snow-bowl-nine-other-thoughts/

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Edmonton 19....BC 6
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2629/bc-lions-vs-edmonton-eskimos/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-lions-eskimos-recap-oct-12-1.5319613
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76138
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/12/eskimos-knock-out-mike-reilly-and-the-lions-edmonton-clinches-playoff-spot/

Mike Reilly broke his left wrist early in the game.
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/12/lions-qb-mike-reilly-thinks-his-left-wrist-is-broken/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/12/reilly-leaves-game-with-suspected-broken-wrist/

Aaron Grymes tore his ACL.
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/12/lions-db-aaron-grymes-suffers-possible-acl-injury/

With the win, the Eskimos clinched the last playoff spot (eliminating the Lions).

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With the Alouettes' loss, the Ticats clinched first place in the east.
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/12/ticats-clinch-first-place-in-the-east-division/

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Week 18 highlights
https://www.cfl.ca/best-highlights-week-18-2/

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Here's a look at the standings.  Calgary, Sask and Winnipeg have 10 wins; Edmonton has 8.  Calgary and Sask have 3 games left;  Winnipeg and Edmonton have only 2.

https://www.cfl.ca/standings/

Edited by GA Russell

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The CND politics poll was fun, but made me realize I don't follow it closely despite having friends and family there, my preferences are partly nostalgia for the SK I grew up in (I think you can figure that out).

 

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Dana, each week I assume you click on every Riders link!

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Week 18 Plays of the Week
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/14/nick-marshall-grabs-5th-spot-in-timber-mart-plays-of-the-week/

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Week 18 recap
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/14/landrys-5-takeaways-week-18-3/

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10/14 QB index
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/14/rockstar-qb-index-back-mop-form/

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Week 18 QB accuracy
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/15/accuracy-grades-target-week-18/

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Strength of schedule rankings.  Dana, the Riders by far have the easiest western schedule.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/15/strength-schedule-stamps-bombers-face-off-crucial-back-back/

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Shaquille Richardson has signed with the Argos.
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/15/argonauts-sign-former-stampeder-db-shaquille-richardson/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/15/argos-sign-shaquille-richardson-practice-roster/

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Brandon Bridge has signed with the Lions.
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/14/b-c-lions-agree-to-terms-with-canadian-qb-brandon-bridge/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/14/lions-sign-qb-brandon-bridge/

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With his wrist broken, Mike Reilly is gone for the year.
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/mike-reilly-cfl-wrist-surgery-1.5321622
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/15/lions-qb-mike-reilly-undergoes-surgery-on-fractured-wrist-expected-to-make-full-recovery/

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Edmonton analysis
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/13/reilly-finally-koed-and-other-thoughts-on-the-esks-sweeping-the-lions/

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Justin Dunk agrees with me that not having games on Thanksgiving (which was yesterday) is a bad idea.  I wonder who didn't want to host the games.
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/14/no-canadian-football-on-thanksgiving-monday-makes-the-cfl-turkeys/

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Calgary analysis
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/14/ballantine-score-suggests-stamps-squeaked-out-win-against-saskatchewan-i-disagree/

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Winnipeg analysis
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/14/blue-bomber-talk-bombers-win-in-snow-could-coach-oshea-go/

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Hamilton analysis
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/15/podskee-wee-wee-157-home-is-where-the-east-final-will-be-held/

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power rankings
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/15/nissan-titan-power-rankings-pursuit-home-field/
http://pifflespodcast.com/blog/safimods-2019-power-rankings-week-18-edition
https://firstdownsportspodcast.com/2019/10/14/cfl-power-rankings-after-week-18-2/
https://thegruelingtruth.com/football/tgt-cfl-power-rankings-week-19/

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USports Week 8 recap
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/14/u-sports-recap-got-weird-week-8/

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Friday I posted a tweet, and when I checked in Saturday, I saw that it was liked by...Adam Bighill!

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Week 19 picks
http://rodpedersen.com/week-19-cfl-picks-2019/
https://doorfliesopen.com/2019/10/17/cfl-beat-104/
https://lastwordoncanadianfootball.com/2019/10/17/niks-picks-week-19-2019/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/17/prediction-time-cfl-ca-writers-make-week-19-picks-2/
http://17degreesports.com/index.php/2019/10/16/cfl-week-19-preview/
https://torontosun.com/sports/football/cfl/cfl-blitz-its-lights-out-for-lions-but-coach-claybrooks-gets-a-vote-of-confidence
https://firstdownsportspodcast.com/2019/10/16/video-podcast-fds-cfl-s3e20-a-big-surprise/

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power rankings
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/17/3downnation-power-rankings-calgary-on-the-come-up/

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134 rookies are eligible for the CFL Award.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/17/cfl-reveals-134-players-eligible-outstanding-rookie/
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/17/ferguson-acklin-shepley-lead-impressive-list-rookies/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/17/eligible-players-on-each-cfl-team-for-the-most-outstanding-rookie-award/

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The Riders put Micah Johnson on the one-game injured list.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/17/riders-johnson-miss-game-lions/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/17/riders-put-dl-micah-johnson-on-the-one-game-injured-list/

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Adarius Bowman has retired.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/17/adarius-bowman-announces-retirement-football/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/17/receiver-adarius-bowman-announces-retirement/

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The Eskimos have cut Danny Vandervoort.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/17/esks-release-danny-vandervoort-practice-roster/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/17/eskimos-release-former-first-round-cfl-pick-canadian-receiver-daniel-vandervoort/

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USports Week 9 picks
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/17/universityblitz-wire-week-9/

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The Argos put Derel Walker on the one-game injured list.
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/17/argos-place-star-receiver-derel-walker-on-the-one-game-injured-list/

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Justin Dunk compares the salary opportunities of the CFL with the XFL's.
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/17/comparing-xfl-salaries-cap-and-nfl-options-with-the-cfl/

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Tre Roberson will miss this week's game against the Bombers because of a concussion.
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/17/stampeders-db-tre-roberson-ruled-out-against-bombers-due-to-concussion/

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Before we begin, take a look at Burnham's catch from Friday's game.  Unfortunately, his toe was 2-3 inches on the white line, so it didn't count.
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/18/bryan-burnham-almost-makes-jaw-dropping-td-catch-vs-riders/

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Week 19 results

Montreal 27....Toronto 24
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2630/toronto-argonauts-vs-montreal-alouettes/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/toronto-argonauts-montreal-alouettes-recap-1.5327118
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76139

Lots of fun for a meaningless game.

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Sask 27....BC 19
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2631/saskatchewan-roughriders-vs-bc-lions/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/saskatchewan-roughriders-bc-lions-week-19-1.5327254
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76140
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/19/riders-strip-streaky-lions-of-comeback-in-27-19-victory/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/19/riders-clinch-home-playoff-game/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/20/riders-get-job-done-in-b-c-nine-other-thoughts/

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Hamilton 33....Ottawa 12
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2632/ottawa-redblacks-vs-hamilton-tiger-cats/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/ottawa-redblacks-hamilton-tiger-cats-cfl-weeks-19-1.5327886
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76141
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/19/tiger-cats-reach-13-wins-for-first-time-in-franchise-history/

First time ever that the Ticats have won 13 games.

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Calgary 37....Winnipeg 33
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2633/winnipeg-blue-bombers-vs-calgary-stampeders/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/calgary-stampeders-winnipeg-blue-bombers-cfl-week-19-1.5327979
https://stats.cbc.ca/football/cfl/recap/76142
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/19/the-stampeders-prove-they-are-who-we-thought-they-were/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/19/irresponsibility-rears-head-in-bombers-loss-to-stampeders-eight-other-thoughts/
https://3downnation.com/2019/10/20/trio-of-begelton-tds-leads-stamps-past-bombers/

The Bombers were much better than I expected, but the Stampeders were the better team in the fourth when it mattered most.

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Week 19 highlights
https://www.cfl.ca/best-highlights-week-19-2/

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Here the league considers who is the most pathetic trash talker.
https://www.cfl.ca/2019/10/20/who-is-the-worst-trash-talker-in-the-cfl/

Edited by GA Russell

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