1 - lions shouldnt have been there in the first place, what with injuries, lousy play calling and such.
2 - 4 of ALS wins were against the argos.
3 - everyone plays every twice. in extra games, als oponants had a combined 22 wins while riders oponants had a combined 36 wins.
The fact is, the 4th place team in the West is the 2nd best team in the East; that's not Montreal's fault.
If Montreal had to play an interlocking schedule (as opposed to facing the Suicide Bombers 4 times this year), they probably would have finished first place overall with 12 or 13 wins, I would guess.
We'll see how good the Als are next week. I expect them to win; if they don't, Trestman and the whole bunch might as well move to Buffalo--they like bridesmaids there
It will come down to mistakes. I think they are close enough in talent that whichever team makes more will lose. If the game is basically played mistake free, it will go down to the wire. The scary thing, being a Rider fan, is that I don't recall this Montreal team making very many mistakes, ever.
Montreal went 9-1 against the East and 6-2 against the West. Yes, they're THAT good. They swept both the Stamps and the Riders.
I've been chuckling at a number of my friends who have been steadfastly holding to the belief the Als struggled down the stretch. "They lost to winnipeg" they say. "They play in the weak East", they say.
As you point out, the Als dominated their Western opponents this year. And they were 8-2 early and 7-1 down the stretch, with their only loss coming with Adrian McPherson starting and a number of starters sitting on the bench. That team has been as dominant as any team in the league in the last twenty years. They ARE that good.
Doesn't guarantee them anything. But that's a very strong team.