Unfortunately, it seems that the CFL in the 20s is having a competition problem. That tally sheet week by week doesn’t look too different in 2022 or 2023 (so far) either, there were just more points scored but the margins of victory are almost identical. The good teams absolutely kick the crap out the bad teams and it’s not even really close; the close games are more the exception than the rule these days.
I like doing this stuff because, well, for one, it engages the part of my brain that really, really, really likes sports history, and the other is because you can see what teams are working on and where they need to improve in real time.
For instance, Edmonton’s defense is terrible, but it’s not the worst in the league presently (Hamilton’s is) by points allowed and Saskatchewan and Calgary aren’t far behind. But where Edmonton is getting hosed is on offense; we’re averaging just over 13 points a game. Saskatchewan is 7th in the league in points scored, averaging about 20.5 a game, and to reach that mark we would need to score 37 points for the next four straight games. Truly anemic.
This year according to those numbers it seems Winnipeg is the team to beat. BC is being overrated. As is Toronto. Somewhat fir both. And Ottawa is as bad Edmonton. Which I think they are. And one team is exactly as their record looks. 4-4. Riders. According to the basic numbers.
The CFL has a scoring problem. And a competitiveness problem.
I’ve done scoring sheets for ever season from 2018 to the present week and if we want to find a week that I’d describe as “competitive and entertaining”, that is, 60+ points a game and a margin of victory within 7 points or less, we have four weeks on record from the last four complete seasons and this one that fit that description:
As a football purist who knows great games csn come in DLL sorts of scoring games. Just give me close games decided by seven or under regardless of score. Better yet 3 and under. Or 4 or more lead changes. Or games that stay within 7 for most of the game going into the final three minutes.
Lots of ways to do stats. I think your statistics suggest a league that is not accurate. Also blowouts always skew “averages”…