"There is hope for football fans in six Canadian cities today. There is also doubt. The Canadian Football League playoffs will begin on Sunday with none of the six entrants feeling especially confident.
Last year the Montreal Alouettes went 15-3 and entered the post-season tournament with five more wins than the next closest teams (Calgary and Saskatchewan). In 2009 the Alouettes were the clear-cut favourites. This year it is not that obvious.
It has been an unpredictable year in the CFL. Almost half the games were decided in the final three minutes and that trend appears likely to continue. Every team that has qualified for the post-season has reason to think they will end up in Edmonton at the Grey Cup on Nov. 28. At the same time each team has some glaring weaknesses.
Here is a look at where each team stands heading into the playoffs:"