Bombers' blue-print to the playoffs 0
This is for all you optimists out there.
I’ll admit it: I’ve been tough on the old Blue and Gold this year, and rightfully so. They’ve made terrible personnel decisions, showed no heart on occasion, played awful football a lot of the time and are 3-9 for a reason.
This being the CFL, however, they’re nowhere near being eliminated from playoff contention.
So for all you Bomber fans who will never give up on your team until it is officially out of the running, I present to you the blueprint to the playoffs. It’s a week-by-week look at what needs to happen over the final third of the season for the Blue and Gold to sneak into the playoffs for the first time after starting the season with a 2-9 record.
The Bombers definitely get the benefit of the doubt at certain points in our six-week prognostication, and they even get close to second place. Yes, the Tiger-Cats would have to lose their last seven games and the Bombers would have to actually win on the road, but a fan base can dream, can’t it?
Without further ado, here is the Blue Bombers’ blueprint to the CFL post-season.
The Alouettes go into Ivor Wynne Stadium and crush the reeling Tiger-Cats, while the Argos, without Ricky Ray, fall to the suddenly streaking Bombers. Meanwhile, the Eskimos go down the highway and lose to the Stampeders, and the Roughriders drop a close one at home to the Lions. None of this is out of the realm of possibility, and all of a sudden the Bombers are just two points out of a playoff spot.
This will be the week where doubt returns to Bomber Nation. Winnipeg is unlikely to win in Montreal, and Hamilton plays in Edmonton, so one of them will get the victory. Let’s go with the Eskimos. Saskatchewan faces a tough test in Toronto, however, and will fail to get out of Rogers Centre with a triumph. The Bombers are back to four points out of a playoff spot with four games to go.
The poor Tiger-Cats have to play the Lions, and facing them at home won’t make a difference. The Bombers, however, have to host the Stampeders, and that’s not good. So that’s a wash. One positive thing about this week is either the Riders or Eskimos are guaranteed to lose (barring a tie, of course) because they play each other. We’ll give the win to the host Eskimos.
If the Bombers are going to make the playoffs, they’re going to have to win this week’s game in Toronto, which would be their first road victory of the season in Toronto. They always play the Boatmen tough at Rogers Centre, so we’ll give them this one. Hamilton has to go Calgary, which should still be in the running for first place in the West, so that’s another loss for the Tabbies. Saskatchewan, meanwhile, has to host Montreal. That’s no gimme, and neither is Edmonton’s trip to B.C.
The Bombers travel to Hamilton, which is a good thing for them because they always beat the Ticats these days. It would even clinch third place in the East for the Bombers. Toronto goes to Saskatchewan, and the Bombers can still get away with a Riders win, which will probably happen. Meanwhile, the Eskimos go to Montreal, so that’s a loss, although the Als might be playing their third-stringers since they’ll have the East all wrapped up.
In the last game ever at Canad Inns Stadium (maybe), the Bombers come out flying on Nov. 3 and do just enough to beat the Als, who are home and cooled in first place in the East. The Bombers would just need either the Eskimos to lose at home to the Stampeders the night before or have Saskatchewan lose in B.C. a few hours after Winnipeg’s game. We’ll say Edmonton wins and Saskatchewan loses, and Winnipeg’s miraculous run to the playoffs is complete. Not only that, but Toronto has to beat Hamilton to hold on to second place.