The CFL playoff picture after Week 16

The CFL playoff picture is starting to come in to focus.

Well, except for the East Division, which is still a mess.

But here’s where things stand with four weeks remaining in the regular season:

• the Calgary Stampeders, now 13-1-1, have clinched first place in the West Division and will now set their sights on making some history. Head coach Dave Dickenson is now tied with Adam Rita (1991 with Toronto), John Hufnagel (2008 with Stamps) and Mike Benevides (2012 with B.C.) for most regular-season wins by a first head coach. If Calgary can run the table, they would finish with a 16-1-1 record and become just the second team in CFL history to register 16 regular-season victories.

• the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (9-6) and the B.C. Lions (9-5) have clinched a playoff berth, courtesy of the Toronto Argonauts loss to Calgary. The Lions and Bombers both have 18 points and Toronto has 10, meaning the West teams are guaranteed at least a crossover spot in the East. It’s the first time the Bombers have made the playoffs since 2011 and it’s pretty remarkable considering they started 1-4 and there were questions about Mike O’Shea’s job security on multiple occasions.

• the Eskimos are now 8-7 after mic-free win over Montreal on Monday and also all but assured a post-season berth. Toronto is 5-10 while Montreal is 4-10 meaning either team would have to win out while Edmonton would have to lose all their remaining games to prevent a crossover.

• the seeding in the West and the crossover team is still to be determined. B.C. and Winnipeg are tied with 18 points and have a two point game lead over Edmonton (16 points) but the Eskimos hold the season series over the Bombers (2-1) and have beaten B.C. (27-23) with another game slated for Vancouver on Oct. 22. Meanwhile, the Bombers beat B.C. 37-35 on Saturday with the re-match set for next Friday. B.C.has four games remaining, Edmonton and Winnipeg only three.

• Ottawa still leads the East with a 6-7-1 record and they face the Ticats (6-8) in the first of a back-to-back set starting next Friday in Hamilton. A sweep by the Redblacks would lock up the division title while Hamilton still has a shot at first and is in good position to be the second East team courtesy of their season series wins over bothToronto (5-10) and Montreal (4-10.)

• the Riders have been eliminated from playoff contention.

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