Winnipeg Blue Bombers can clinch first place in West Division with win and B.C. Lions loss

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers need two games to go their way in Week 18 in order to officially punch their ticket to the West Final.

Winnipeg (13-2) can clinch first place in the West Division with a win over the Edmonton Elks on Saturday, provided the B.C. Lions lose to the Toronto Argonauts earlier that same day. This weekend’s game will be the Blue Bombers’ final contest before two season-ending games against the Lions that could have huge playoff implications for both clubs.

The Blue Bombers cannot finish lower than second place in the West Division following last week’s win over Saskatchewan. They have now made the postseason for six consecutive years and will host a playoff game for the second consecutive year.

The B.C. Lions (10-4) are 2-3 over their last five games but remain in control of their own destiny with four games left to play. If the team is able to run the table over the next month — including two games against Winnipeg — they would finish the season with a 14-4 record and host the West Final at BC Place Stadium.

The Montreal Alouettes (7-7) can also clinch a home playoff berth with a win over the Ottawa Redblacks on Monday. The Als are 5-1 over their last six games and are only two points back of the Toronto Argonauts for first place in the East Division. Montreal has not hosted the East Final since 2012 when the team’s dynasty was coming to an end.

The Edmonton Elks (4-11) have been pushed to the brink as they will officially be eliminated from postseason contention if they lose to Winnipeg on Saturday. They could also be eliminated one day earlier if the Saskatchewan Roughriders beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Tim Hortons Field.

The Ottawa Redblacks (3-11) will also officially be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to B.C. this week if the Riders also defeat the Ticats.

The Toronto Argonauts (8-6) clinched a home playoff game two weeks ago when they beat the Redblacks at TD Place Stadium. The club hosted the East Final last year, though they have yet to wrap up the top spot in the division this season.

The Calgary Stampeders (10-5) clinched a playoff berth two weeks but cannot finish higher than second place in the West Division having lost the season series to both Winnipeg and B.C.