With two weeks remaining in the 2011 Canadian Football League regular season, just two points separate the top three teams in the West Division.
In Week 17 action, the Stampeders kept pace with the Edmonton Eskimos and gained a game on the BC Lions thanks to Calgary’s 25-13 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders at McMahon Stadium on Friday night.
While the Stamps are at a disadvantage because they lost the season series to both Edmonton and BC, Calgary still could finish first or second in the division. The order of finish will be determined by five games over the final two weeks.
Saturday, Oct. 29
Edmonton (10-6) at BC (9-7)
A win would allow the Eskimos to clinch first place in the West. A BC victory would create a deadlock heading into Week 19, with the Lions having the tie-breaker advantage because of the season-series win.
Sunday, Oct. 30
Calgary (9-7) at Montreal (10-6)
Regardless of Saturday’s result between Edmonton and BC, the Stamps need a win over the Alouettes to strengthen their bid for a home playoff game. Montreal, for its part, is still battling for top spot in the East.
Wins by BC and Calgary would create a three-way tie for first place, although the Stampeders would still be facing the tie-breaker disadvantage and would technically be in third place.
If Calgary loses and BC wins, the Stamps would be guaranteed of a third-place finish.
The results of Week 18 will dictate the importance of the final-week contests.
On Friday, Saskatchewan will play Edmonton on Commonwealth Stadium. The following day, the Stamps host Winnipeg while BC will face the Alouettes in Vancouver.
Here are the possible scenarios for the final two weeks and what they would mean for the Stamps:
|Upcoming Games||View full schedule|
|Fri 14/06/13||BC||Calgary||Fri 7:00 pm MDT|
|Thu 20/06/13||Calgary||Saskatchewan||Thu 8:00 pm MDT|
|Fri 28/06/13||BC||Calgary||Fri 8:00 pm MDT|
|Fri 05/07/13||Calgary||Saskatchewan||Fri 7:00 pm MDT|
|Fri 12/07/13||Calgary||Montreal||Fri 5:30 pm MDT|