The final week of the 2018 regular season ended rather quietly and without any real surprises. The Calgary Stampeders finally locked up the Western division title with a win over the BC Lions. The Lions started more guys than they were expected to with their playoff spot locked in.
But with Calgary leading 25-0 at the half, the Lions threw in the proverbial towel and started pulling guys out. This, in turn, allowed the Stampeders to let off the gas in the second half.
Hamilton didn’t play a lot of their starters against the Alouettes and ended up falling to Montreal in a close one, 30-28.
Winnipeg, like the other playoff-bound teams, didn’t take any unnecessary chances against the Edmonton Eskimos. The Eskimos, on the other hand, were motivated to end their season on a high note—which they did with a 33-24 victory.
Toronto had high hopes of ending their season on the right note with a win against an Ottawa team that was resting a lot of guys. But neither James Franklin or McLeod Bethel-Thompson could do much with the Argos offence. The Redblacks made it three in a row to end the season with a 24-9 win.
So, heading into the postseason, there are teams playing well, teams on streaks, and others that have succeeded in making their fans worried the last few weeks. Now that every game matters, will a team like Calgary that was dominant most of the season be the team to beat? Or will it be a team like Winnipeg that has been hot down the stretch?
Of course, before we can really talk about who is going to win it all, we need to see who is going to be there in the end.