The CFL’s regular season has reached barely beyond its midway point but the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are already in a position to clinch a berth in the postseason for the sixth consecutive year.
Winnipeg can clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Labour Day Classic on Sunday. They can also secure the spot with a loss to the Riders so long as Ottawa, Hamilton, and Edmonton also lose their respective games this week.
The Blue Bombers clinched a postseason berth in Week 11 last year, though the league’s shortened season was played over just 16 weeks. The club secured the top spot in the West Division in Week 12 and capitalized on their success in the regular season by defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Grey Cup by a score of 33-25 in overtime.
If the regular season ended today, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (10-1) and Toronto Argonauts (5-5) would receive first-round byes for finishing atop their respective divisions. The Calgary Stampeders (6-4) would visit the B.C. Lions (8-2) in the West Semi-Final, while the Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-5) would crossover to visit the Montreal Alouettes (4-6) in the East Semi-Final.
The Riders have won 14 of the past 16 Labour Day Classics, though Winnipeg won last year’s matchup by a score of 23-8.