Montreal Alouettes can clinch playoff spot with win over Ottawa Redblacks

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The Montreal Alouettes can clinch a spot in the postseason this weekend with a win over the Ottawa Redblacks.

Cody Fajardo threw for 252 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the team’s 28-11 win over the Calgary Stampeders last week, which snapped the club’s four-game losing streak to even their record at 7-7. William Stanback rushed for 81 yards after missing the previous week’s game, while Shawn Lemon made two sacks and an interception.

Ottawa can be eliminated from playoff contention this week if they lose to the Alouettes and the Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-8) and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6-8) both win. The Redblacks haven’t made the playoff since 2018 when they lost to the Calgary Stampeders in the Grey Cup by a score of 27-16.

The Alouettes will visit the Redblacks at TD Place Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 30 with kickoff slated for 4:00 p.m. EDT.

The Edmonton Elks can also be eliminated from postseason contention this week despite being scheduled for a bye. If Saskatchewan and Hamilton both win, the Elks will miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season after falling to 4-11 with a loss to the B.C. Lions this past week. The team started the year 0-9 but have since gone 4-2 with Tre Ford as their starting quarterback.

If the Ticats win and the Riders lose, Edmonton will remain in postseason contention, however it will be mathematically impossible for a team to cross over from the West Division to the East Division. If Ottawa loses and Saskatchewan wins, it will be impossible for an East Division team to cross over to the West Division.

The Toronto Argonauts, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and B.C. Lions have already clinched postseason berths this year.