CFL Playoff Picture
The CFL Playoff Picture, updated throughout the season, shows who’s in and out of the 2017 Grey Cup Playoffs.
2017’s season is in progress. Please be sure to visit over the course of the Fall while we build to the postseason of the Canadian Football League. Your defending Grey Cup champions are the Ottawa Redblacks.
CFL Playoff Picture: Links of Importance
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CFL Playoff Picture: Dates of Importance
The regular season started on June 22, 2017. Its final games take place on November 4, 2017.
2017’s Grey Cup Playoffs begin November 12, 2017 with the Division Semi-Finals. The following weekend, on November 19, the Division Finals occur.
Finally, the 2017 Grey Cup will be held on November 26 in Ottawa.
CFL Playoff Picture: The Final Playoff Bracket for 2017
Congrats to the Argos on their comeback win.
CFL Playoff Picture: Bracket Through Divisional Finals Round
It will be Toronto vs. Calgary for the 105th Grey Cup next week.
In the East Division Final, Toronto came back from a late deficit to beat Saskatchewan. Ricky Ray, the Argos quarterback, went 28-for-39, helping put together the game-winning drive. On the other side of the bracket, Edmonton blew a comeback opportunity of their own against Calgary.
Now, for your viewing amusement, an assortment of facts about the Grey Cup matchup:
- Week 7: Calgary 41 at Toronto 24.
- Week 10: Calgary 23 vs. Toronto 7.
- Toronto has the most Grey Cups (16) of any team; their most recent coming in 2012.
- Calgary has won the Grey Cup seven times, with their last in 2014.
- Toronto is 2-1 all-time against Calgary in the Grey Cup finals; the last meeting was in 2012.
- This is Toronto’s 23rd appearance in the final, and Calgary’s 16th.
- Calgary got to the Grey Cup final last year and lost to Ottawa.
CFL Playoff Picture: Bracket Through Divisional Semifinal Round
Both road teams won their semifinal games, with Saskatchewan and Edmonton moving on to the finals. Saskatchewan plays Toronto while Calgary hosts Edmonton for the right to advance to the Grey Cup.
CFL Playoff Picture: Final Playoff Bracket
C: Clinched Crossover
X: Clinched Playoff Berth
Y: Clinched Division
Y*: Clinched Best Record
Standings last updated November 6, 2017
CFL Playoff Picture: West Division
|W1 (Y*)||W2 (X)||W3 (X)||E3 (C)|
CFL Playoff Picture: East Division
|E1 (Y)||E2 (X)|
CFL Playoff Picture: November 6 Update
The field is set, as are the matchups for the first round of the 2017 Grey Cup Playoffs. Saskatchewan faces Ottawa in the first round, whereas Edmonton heads to Winnipeg. The winner of the first game goes to Toronto, while the second game’s victor takes on league-leading Calgary.
In their previous meetings, the Blue Bombers are 2-0 against the Eskimos. Winnipeg beat Edmonton 33-26 in Week 9 in Manitoba, while the Esks lost at home 28-19 at home in Week 15.
As for Saskatchewan vs. Ottawa, their Week 15 meeting resulted in an 18-17 Roughriders win in the nation’s capital. In keeping with the theme, Ottawa beat Saskatchewan 33-32 in Week 17 in Regina. The Redblacks are just 3-5-1 at home this season, while the Roughriders are 5-4 as the visitor.
CFL Playoff Picture: October 29 Update
Here is what we know after Week 19, with only one week left in the CFL regular season:
- All six playoff teams. Those bids have been clinched for some time. They are Calgary, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Saskatchewan, Ottawa, and Toronto.
- Calgary is definitely in the Division Final round. Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Saskatchewan must play in the semifinals.
- The East Division will only have two representatives: Ottawa and Toronto. We do not yet know which one gets the division crown and the bye.
Ottawa (8-9-1) has already played all 18 of its games; they could in essence get a double-bye if they win the division. How would this happen? Toronto (8-9-0) takes the East with a win over BC. In the event of a tie, Toronto is the division winner by virtue of their 2-0 record against Ottawa. A loss, and the division goes to the Redblacks.
CFL Playoff Picture: October 23 Update
We have all six Canadian football playoff teams. Saskatchewan punched their ticket at 9-7, eliminating BC and getting to the Grey Cup Playoffs. Chances are, they will be the crossover team facing either Ottawa or Toronto — whichever one doesn’t win the East Division.
No changes in the West Division standings. Shockingly, Saskatchewan beat the snot out of Calgary in a game that featured five turnovers. One of them was a pick-six by Duron Carter of the Roughriders.
Only two weeks remain in the regular season, and seeding is the only thing up for grabs.
CFL Playoff Picture: October 16 Update
The West, and specifically Calgary, leads the way, and they’re hoping not to be denied the Grey Cup this season. At 13-1-1, only Winnipeg is close to touching them in the standings. They clinched their playoff bid a while ago; since then, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Toronto have jointed them.
Out East, the Redblacks and Argonauts will be the only two representatives in the playoffs. The other four playoff teams will come from the West. Considering the BC Lions are fading out of the mix, Saskatchewan and Edmonton look a little more secure.
Ottawa and Toronto will fight for the East Division title, which comes with a first-round bye. Neither one may have a winning record when all is said and done. Meanwhile, all four playoff teams from the West could have winning records. Go figure.
CFL Playoff Picture: October 9 Update
Literally no change at all to the bracket from last week to this one in the CFL action. Week 16 saw Winnipeg upset by Hamilton, while the East-leading Argos fell to Saskatchewan. We have gone on about the West’s dominance this season, but the loss by the Blue Bombers is a real head scratcher. That did not impact their playoff position, but made it far less likely they will win the West Division.
The BC Lions are falling a bit further out of contention for a playoff berth or crossover. At 6-8, they have been unlucky in that regard. Edmonton actually gives up more points than they do, but BC gave away some close games. This past week against Ottawa is a good example; BC collapsed and it could cost them the playoffs.
CFL Playoff Picture: October 2 Update
Calgary are the first team in the playoffs after Week 15’s games. The Stampeders are 12-1-1, and a major threat to hoist the Grey Cup this season. Winnipeg remains the league’s second-best team, with Saskatchewan and Edmonton battling for seeding.
Toronto remains on a roll, and they’re now about two games ahead of Ottawa for the division lead. Now, granted, Toronto is only 7-7, but Ottawa won the whole thing last year with a record just as unimpressive. Yet, the CFL is still dominated by the West Division, and that’s unlikely to change this season.
CFL Playoff Picture: September 24 Update
No change at all in the West Division, but in the East, we have a new division leader. The Toronto Argonauts passed Ottawa for the lead spot, though both teams are in playoff spots. Toronto and Ottawa are each a few games ahead of Hamilton and Montreal, meaning both are still in good shape for the Grey Cup Playoffs. Their prospects, er, not so good when they get there, but remember, Ottawa won it all last year despite a losing record.
Calgary remains far and away the best team in the CFL.
CFL Playoff Picture: September 17 Update
Only one change to the playoff standings from last week: BC out and Saskatchewan into the field. One crossover team replaces another following Week 13’s action.
Saskatchewan did it by beating hapless Hamilton, while BC got stomped by the league-leading Stampeders. Meanwhile, Ottawa maintained its position in the East by beating the Alouettes. Toronto hangs with them, having gotten a nice win over Edmonton.
It remains that every team in the West Division has a better record than every team in the East. Four West teams are likely to get into the field, but seven weeks are left.
CFL Playoff Picture: September 10 Update
The West Division continues its complete dominance of the Canadian Football League. It’s so lopsided that the fifth-place team in the West, Saskatchewan, has a better record than the first-place team out East, Ottawa. Ironically, Ottawa had a losing record as the East Division champion last season and won the Grey Cup. At least the Redblacks can say they score more points than they allow, despite being 4-7-1.
Calgary appears to be a strong Grey Cup favorite, while Winnipeg has the 8-3 record to stay in contention. What makes Calgary so impressive is their 362 to 209 scoring differential. No question, anything less than a Grey Cup will be a disappointment for the Stampeders.
Because of the lopsidedness of the standings, the BC Lions are in crossover position now.