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2019 Super Bowl chances: Chargers hop again as Steelers falter, Saints stay on top after misfortune to flooding Cowboys,Two things stay valid after Week 13. First: The Saints are supported by reenactments to win the Super Bowl. Second: The Chiefs have much better chances to prevail upon the AFC the Chargers in spite of a diversion isolating them. Both of those things might be a touch of astonishing at first look. The Saints’ street to the No. 1 seed looks far harder, with the Rams’ greatest residual test going ahead Sunday against the Bears. The Chargers, in the interim, beat an intense Steelers group in rebound design while the Chargers attempted to get over the Raiders.

Notwithstanding, these elements truly come down to recency predisposition obfuscating vision. The Chiefs in fact battled against a divisional adversary with nothing left to play for aside from a draft pick, while the Saints have effectively beaten the Rams this season. The Steelers, in the mean time, are as yet battling. In the other gathering, the Cowboys are completely flooding in the wake of snapping the Saints’ 10-diversion win streak.Amid the majority of this, the Patriots are unobtrusively prowling and they have a street to a first-round bye in the playoffs. With three of their last four recreations being divisional and the anomaly being against the Steelers, their timetable is more ideal than the Chargers, who still have diversions against the Chiefs and Ravens on the calendar. It’s a major ask, however the Chargers are as yet gunning for the AFC West, and they get an opportunity to get there.he top choice

The Saints just scored 10 against the Cowboys last Thursday, yet they kept things under control on our mimicked standings. Their lives got harder, in any case. The possibility of a group coming into a playoff Superdome and winning appears to be ridiculous, however subsequent to playing the Bears on Sunday the Rams will be up against the Eagles, Cardinals and 49ers, barely a gauntlet. The Saints wind up in the contrary position. They have the Buccaneers on Sunday before playing the Panthers, Steelers and Panthers once more.

Attracted Brees will attempt to skip back after a poor execution against the Cowboys, however Saints fans can take comfort in the way that the barrier looked strong indeed against Ezekiel Elliott, and it’s far simpler for the Saints to settle their offense than protection. They’ll have to play reliable football down the stretch, in light of the fact that despite the fact that the Panthers and Steelers have wavered generally, nothing comes simple, and even the Buccaneers could be a hindrance if the Saints neglect them (as Week 1 – their solitary different misfortune this season – demonstrated).

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The Chiefs may have thought they’d make some inhale room when the Steelers hopped out everywhere throughout the Chargers, yet there will be no respites in the AFC West. Philip Rivers is having a MVP-bore year, and the Chargers are tenaciously sticking around. They even got that win without Melvin Gordon. All things considered, the Chiefs are still unmistakably the group to beat in the division, while the Patriots have developed as leaders in the AFC (shock!). To exacerbate the situation for Kansas City, the Patriots have three diversions against the Dolphins, Bills and Jets and an exception amusement against the Steelers. The Chiefs, in the mean time, have the Ravens, Chargers and Seahawks throughout the following three weeks, and the Pats hold the sudden death round. In the event that they have the right to be a No. 1 seed, they’ll demonstrate it here.

In the NFC, the Rams presently hold the No. 1 seed and it doesn’t seem as though anybody will contact them or the Saints for first round byes. The Rams battled a bit with the Lions at time obnoxiously, yet another predominant execution from Aaron Donald and a late flood by Todd Gurley put the Motor City Kitties away. Their objective is presently to fight off home field advantage from New Orleans. As referenced over, the possibility of going into New Orleans for a potential NFC Championship Game coordinate would be an overwhelming one, and in spite of the fact that the Rams don’t have the most definitive home field advantage, despite everything it makes everything fair a bit if the two groups get to that point. Should the Bears figure out how to irritate the Rams, there’s an outside shot that theirs or the Saints’ byes could be tested by Chicago even after the Bears’ misfortune to the Giants, however their calendar is tolerably harder because of a season finale against the Vikings.

Still in the blend

The Texans brought down another group for their ninth straight win, albeit by and by it was a group they seemingly ought to have beaten in the Browns. By the by, Houston presently holds the NFL’s longest winning streak, and they’ve almost put the AFC South distant for the difficult Colts. The Chargers, in the mean time, are making moves while the Steelers proceed to slip and lurch. The Steelers are doing themselves no favors, and if nothing else they need to beat the Raiders and Bengals if the Patriots and Saints outflank them. James Conner’s lower leg damage is more regrettable than anticipated, so the Steelers need to incline toward Jaylen Samuels down the stretch of the season. That will put more weight on the first class accepting team of Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, so Ben Roethlisberger should be persistent.

In the NFC, the Bears and Cowboys look like future division champs. Calls to flame Jason Garrett feel like ages prior, and the Cowboys got a coarse win against the Saints on Thursday. As the Redskins keep on managing wounds to their quarterbacks, most as of late losing Colt McCoy, their postseason trusts are blurring quick. The Cowboys’ resistance looks frightful at the present time, and they seem as though they could be an issue down the stretch. The Bears are engaging with the Vikings, and an awful misfortune to the Giants on Sunday has things in the North looking somewhat more tightly. The Seahawks, in the interim, resemble an undeniable playoff group in the wake of smothering the 49ers for their third straight win. Russell Wilson has returned to playing at a world class level, and the Seahawks are in a comparable vein as the Cowboys in that they seem as though they could wreak devastation on the incredible groups in the NFC.

The long shots

The Colts hit what may have been a deadly unearth Sunday, losing 6-0 to the Jaguars in an execution that just got additionally discouraging as it went on. They couldn’t move the ball by any means, and regardless of the barrier’s wagers endeavors, they simply couldn’t get focuses on the board. The Titans corrected the ship with a win over the Jets, yet their way to the playoffs is long and twisting too. The Chargers have everything except bolted up a trump card spot, and the AFC North resembles the failure of Ravens versus Steelers could leave it. It’ll be intense for that second spot to leave the South, and it’ll be harder to get the Texans at the best.

In the AFC North, the Steelers and Ravens are engaging. Lamar Jackson is out to without any assistance spare John Harbaugh’s activity, driving the feathered creatures to their third straight win over the Falcons on Sunday. The Steelers, in the mean time, are slanting the other way, having dropped two straight. Obviously, two of the Ravens’ last four amusements will come against the Chiefs and Chargers, so in spite of the fact that they’re just a large portion of a diversion back, it is anything but a simple course there. The main thing they can take comfort in is that the Steelers additionally play two of the NFL’s best down the stretch.

In the NFC, the Eagles are beginning to scratch and hook their way up the positions once more. They’ve won two straight recreations since their drubbing on account of the Saints. They have a major event against the Cowboys on Sunday, and they have the Rams the week from that point forward, so they’ll have a challenging situation to deal with.

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Following the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ 48-8 victory against the BC Lions in the Eastern Semi-Final and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ 23-18 victory against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Western Semi-Final, the Division Finals are set for next Sunday.

The Ottawa REDBLACKS will host the Ticats at TD Place on Sunday, November 18th at 1 p.m. ET; the Calgary Stampeders will host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at McMahon Stadium on the same day at 4:30 p.m. ET.EASTERN FINAL

Sunday, November 18th at 1 p.m. ET
Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ottawa REDBLACKS
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The REDBLACKS are hosting the Eastern Final for the third time in four years and now have played a home playoff game four seasons in a row.Sunday’s division semi-finals provide quite the contrast, with one of the CFL’s most intense rivalries lining up side-by-side with a rare cross-division matchup.

The road to the 106th Grey Cup presented by Shaw is officially set to begin, starting with a cat fight as the BC Lions make the cross-country trip to Hamilton for a clash with the Ticats. The Lions clawed their way back from a 3-6 start this season to make the playoffs, while the Ticats return to the post-season following a one-year hiatus in 2017.

Neither team has been at its best of late, with the Ticats and Lions on a combined five-game losing streak going into their matchup. The Tabbies were neck and neck with the REDBLACKS for first in the East before being swept in a home-and-home, then lost the finale to Montreal while resting several of their regulars. The Lions closed their campaign with losses to Saskatchewan and Calgary.

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» Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET: BC at Hamilton
» Sunday, 4:30 p.m. ET: Winnipeg at Saskatchewan

The second half of Sunday’s playoff double-header takes us to Regina, where two of the CFL’s biggest rivals go head-to-head for the fourth time this season. The Riders won two of three regular season matchups, but the Bombers had by far the most decisive victory, winning a 31-0 blowout in the third go.

Sunday’s finale features the league’s stingiest defence against the most opportunistic. The Riders allowed a league-low 317.5 yards per game this season, including a CFL-best 245.8 yards through the air. On the other side, Winnipeg has tied for the league lead with 49 takeaways, leading to a CFL-best 151 points off turnovers.

The final and deciding matchup will commence at 4:30 p.m. ET.


The BC Lions will try to accomplish something no team has done in league history: win two road games as a crossover team to advance to the Grey Cup.

Recent history, however, may point to a Lions advantage, considering the last two semi-final crossover games have been won by West Division clubs as Edmonton and Saskatchewan moved on to the Division Finals but lost. Ten previous crossover teams have attempted but failed to make it to the Grey Cup.

– The last time a team won two straight road games, plus a neutral site game, to capture the Grey Cup was the Edmonton Eskimos in 2005. The feat has been accomplished only twice since 1995, with the Lions finishing third in the West and running the table in 2000.

– Winning consecutive road games would require quite a turn of events for the Lions, who enter the post-season with a 2-7 record away from BC Place, the worst road winning percentage of any 2018 playoff team and the lowest by any crossover team since 2002.

– BC isn’t the only team fighting difficult odds in the Grey Cup Playoffs. The Ticats go into the post-season on the heels of three straight losses. The last time a team ended the season on a three-game losing streak and won the semi-final was Hamilton in 2015, rebounding from an 0-3 finish with a 25-22 win over the Toronto Argonauts.

– One single victory makes a significant impact on the Lions’ and Ticats’ Grey Cup odds. At 8-10, the Ticats would tie the worst regular season winning percentage to win a Grey Cup, something only Calgary (2001) and BC (2000) have matched. The Lions, with just one more win, have much improved odds in that regard. At 9-9, their record is exactly the same as Toronto’s 2017 Grey Cup-winning team.


– Travis Lulay and Jonathon Jennings averaged only 208 and 191 yards per start respectively, ninth and 10th in the CFL (Min. 6 starts). Lulay was last (11th) with a 60.1 per cent completion rate but made 24 completions of 30-plus yards however, which on a per game basis (2.0) was second in the CFL.

– Ticats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Player this week, and will go up against Bo Levi Mitchell for the league-wide honour. He was also named an East Division All-Star.

– Masoli finished second in the league behind Mike Reilly in passing yards but had one less start, averaging 306.4 yards per game, just barely behind Reilly at 309.0 yards per game. Masoli did, however, lead the league in yards per attempt (9.1), 300-plus yard games (12, tied for fourth all-time), and was second in the CFL with an 81.0 QUAR.

– On the other hand, Masoli did throw the most interceptions in the CFL with 18 — however, half of those came on throws of 20 yards or deeper.

– Matt Nichols has a career 1-2 playoff record and oddly LOST his best two starts, but won his poorest (for Edmonton in 2014). Nichols’ 35 completions in the 2017 Western Semi-Final 39-32 loss to Edmonton was a Winnipeg club record and ranked third all-time, just three completions short of the CFL playoff record of 38 (set by Kerwin Bell for Toronto in 1998).

– The Bombers’ No. 1 QB missed the first three games but then started 14 in a row. He failed to finish only one game (Sept. 8 vs. SSK) other than being pulled due to the Bombers being well ahead. Nichols threw for 300-plus yards just once but that came in their crucial playoff-clinching victory over Calgary in his last start. Nichols ended up 9-5 overall and 3-3 on the road.

– Zach Collaros has just two career playoff starts and to date has yet to throw a TD pass in a playoff game (though he did have one in the 2014 Grey Cup). His record is 1-1, last winning back in 2014 over Montreal. Collaros started 14 games in 2018 but did not finish four of them (June 21 vs. OTT, Sept. 8 at WPG, Oct. 13 at WPG and Oct. 27 vs. BC). Two of those DNFs came against the Bombers and the Riders went 2-2 in these four games.


– The Bombers and Riders are almost a mirror image of one another in several key areas, not only in many statistical season-long categories but also in head-to-head play. Winnipeg outscored Saskatchewan 81-63 thanks to a recent 31-0 win, however Saskatchewan took two of the three games. The critical area of second down conversions was a key as Winnipeg held the Riders to just 32 per cent, well below the CFL average of 46 per cent.

– The Bombers and Riders also tied for first in the CFL in sacks made (45), and were first and second respectively in points off turnovers, separated by just four points. While the Riders tied for first in the league with 21 interceptions, the Bombers were just one behind with 20. The Bombers led the CFL with 18 fumble recoveries, while the Riders were third with 15.

– While the Bombers ranked second in the CFL in points allowed (23.3), the Riders gave up the fewest yards (317.5).

– Both clubs also go into the post-season on a 5-1 run. All in all, their method of winning games has been similar.


– The Ticats come into this playoff home game with a 4-5 record at THF, the lowest home winning % of any 2018 playoff team. But it is still better than their 3-6 home record in 2016, their last home playoff game.

– The Lions and Ticats split their season series for the fifth time in six years. Their 2018 season series ended in Hamilton dominance, with the Ticats leading 20-0 after just 12:00 of play and 30-3 at halftime, eventually earning a 40-10 victory.

– The only other playoff meeting between the Ticats and Lions was in the 2009 Eastern Semi-Final, which resulted in a 34-27 overtime win by the BC Lions.

– Hamilton has historically struggled against crossover opponents, going 0-2 against the West as opposed to 3-1 against the East over their last six semi-final home games.

– The Bombers’ offence has been so consistent lately that they have a seven-game streak with at least three TD drives. They were the only CFL club to score at least two TD drives in EVERY game in 2018.

In eight games in 2018, the Riders’ defensive unit actually had at least as many or more touchdowns than their offence, including their final game of the year vs. BC that clinched a home playoff berth (2 TDs).

The Riders intercepted Matt Nichols and Chris Streveler eight times in 2018. From those eight INTs, Saskatchewan created 30 of their 63 points (48%) in the three-game season series. Overall, 33 of their 63 points in 2018 vs. the Bombers came off of turnovers.

• Ottawa football teams have a 33-14 (.702) home record in the playoffs.
• Home teams in the Eastern Final are 31-13 (.705) since 1973.
• Ottawa will be looking to play in the Grey Cup for the first time since 2016 when they defeated Calgary at BMO Field. It would be Ottawa’s 18th Grey Cup appearance, where they have a 10-7 record (.588).
• This is Hamilton’s third appearance in the Eastern Final in six years and their first since 2014.
• Ottawa football teams have a 33-14 (.702) home record in the playoffs.
• Hamilton has a 15-29 (.344) away record in the playoffs.
• The last time Ottawa and Hamilton played in the playoffs was in 2015; Henry Burris connected with Greg Ellingson for a 93-yard touchdown with just over a minute left to lead the REDBLACKS to a 35-28 victory in the Eastern Final.
• In the era of single-game Eastern Finals, Hamilton and Ottawa have met three times prior (1976, 1981, 2015).
• Ottawa swept this year’s season series against Hamilton; 21-15 (Week 7 at Hamilton), 35-31 (Week 19 at Ottawa) and 31-13 (Week 20 at Hamilton).

Sunday, November 18th at 4:30 p.m. ET

Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Calgary Stampeders
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Calgary hosts a playoff game for the seventh consecutive season and is the seventh time they have made it to the Western Final.

• Calgary has a 34-20 (.630) home playoff record. The last time they lost at home in the playoff was in 2013 to Saskatchewan.
• Home teams in the Western Final are 27-19 (.587) since 1972.
• The Stampeders will be looking for their third consecutive trip to the Grey Cup which would be their 17th appearance (7-9 – .438). The Stampeders have never made the Grey Cup three times in a row and the last team to do so was Montreal from 2008-2010.
• The last time the two teams met in the post-season was in the 2001 Grey Cup in Montreal. Calgary won 27-19.
• Winnipeg has a playoff road record of 22-32 (.407).
• This is the Blue Bombers first Division Final since 2011 when they defeated the Tiger-Cats and made it to the Grey Cup. Since they returned to the West Division, this will be their first Western Final since 2002 at Edmonton.
• The Blue Bombers are looking to make their 25th appearance in the Grey Cup and their first time since 2011. They have a record of 10-14 (.417) in Grey Cup games.
• The two teams split the season series. Week 11 saw Calgary win at home 39-26 while Winnipeg won their home game in Week 20 29-21.