First place will be on the line when the Blue Bombers visit the Eskimos this Saturday. While the winner will at the very least maintain a tie for first in their respective division, the loser in Edmonton this week will likely change its focus to shooting for second place.
After a disastrous season for both teams in 2010, the Bombers and Esks have been the CFL’s co-Cinderella squads in 2011. At 8-6, Edmonton is tied with both BC and Calgary for first in the West, while the 9-5 Blue Bombers are locked up with Montreal for first in the East.
That makes five teams with a real shot at hosting a division final, and five teams equally eligible to host the semi-final instead – or even be relegated to third place and not host a playoff game at all.
The Bombers will continue to lean on their third-ranked defence, a unit that has been solid all season but has definitely lost some of its Swagger™ since falling behind the BC and Edmonton units.
Edmonton will try to solve the Bomber defence while Ricky Ray tries to climb the league’s quarterback rankings and get locked in with receiver Fred Stamps for a playoff drive.