So the playoffs are essentially set now. We know Edmonton travels to Winnipeg and we know the Riders and Lions meet up, it's just where at this point. Regardless of who you cheer for as a fan, you can't deny that at least out West it has made for one of the most exciting regular season finishes in recent memory. Lots of very good close down to the wire games this year and I can't recall the last time that a divisional playoff position wasn't decided until we've played 17 games.
Obviously home field is nice, but I don't think it's a huge advantage this year. Will the Bombers sell the game out this time around? Being outdoors I give Edmonton a huge kicking advantage in that game, Prefontaine isn't the best kicker in the league but he's miles ahead of Serna.
The Lions won in a sold out Mosaic Stadium earlier in the year, obviously they'd prefer to play at home but I don't think it's something they'll complain about. Likewise the Riders also won in BC place this year, and the West Final last year so I don't think the noise is that big of an issue to them either.
As a Rider fan I hope Calgary comes out and beats BC this week so it gives the Riders the chance to host another playoff game, but it wouldn't surprise me if their play underwhelmed me as they've got nothing to play for. Part of me hopes they go hard as they have a 2 week layoff and they likely won't rest the starters as that would be 3 weeks between games.
Anyways, still 2 weeks away from the playoffs, im looking forward to them.