Pro football is heating up on both sides of the border


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With the CFL playoffs coming up in only a few weeks and the NFL in mid-season type, here is what occurred over the weekend and what to search for subsequent in North American professional football:

NFL: The Super Bowl favourites made huge statements

The final time Buffalo met Kansas City, the Bills got here out on the improper finish of an unforgettable AFC playoff shootout that noticed the groups mix for 25 factors in the last 114 seconds of regulation. Buffalo took the lead with simply 13 seconds left, solely to observe Patrick Mahomes drive Okay.C. to a game-tying area purpose and the successful landing in time beyond regulation.

In yesterday’s extremely anticipated rematch at Arrowhead Stadium, it regarded like the Bills as soon as once more left Mahomes an excessive amount of time after Josh Allen threw a go-ahead landing move with 64 seconds left. But Buffalo’s huge low season acquisition, star move rusher Von Miller, capped one other huge day by pressuring Mahomes into a clumsy throw that was picked off by Taron Johnson to seal an exciting 24-20 win and ensure the 5-1 Bills’ standing as the greatest group in the league.

Just a few hours later, the NFC’s high canine, Philadelphia, improved to 6-0 and remained the solely unbeaten group in the league with a 26-17 house victory over rival Dallas (4-2). The Super Bowl is nonetheless 4 months away (loads of time for accidents or different unexpected misfortunes to befall any football group), however at the moment the most certainly matchup seems to be Bills vs. Eagles.

Meanwhile, it was one other powerful day for 2 of the sport’s ageing famous person quarterbacks. The Packers suffered a humiliating 27-10 defeat to the Jets at Lambeau Field to fall to 3-3 as 38-year-old Aaron Rodgers dropped to twenty fourth in QBR — a metric wherein the reigning MVP led the league final yr. The man who completed behind him, Tom Brady, additionally noticed his Buccaneers skid to 3-3 with a 20-18 loss to struggling Pittsburgh (Canadian receiver Chase Claypool had his greatest day of the yr for the Steelers, making seven catches for 96 yards and a landing). The 45-year-old Brady, who topped the NFL with 43 landing passes final season, has solely eight since altering his thoughts about retirement.

On a extra constructive notice: New York, New York! The Jets and Giants, who both went 4-13 final season, at the moment are a mixed 9-3 after the former’s upset of the Packers and the latter’s takedown of Baltimore yesterday. The Giants are an particularly stunning 5-1 underneath new head coach Brian Daboll, who was born in Welland, Ont. Read a roundup of yesterday’s key NFL video games right here.

CFL: The playoff image is coming into focus

With solely two weeks left in the common season, the street to the 109th Grey Cup sport (on Nov. 20 in Regina) is taking form.

In the East, Montreal (8-8 after a 2-6 begin) clinched a house playoff sport with their 34-30 win over Ottawa on Friday evening. The query is which spherical that sport can be in. Toronto (10-6) stays in management of first place (and the first-round bye and home-field benefit for the East last that include it) after A.J. Ouellette’s last-minute landing run gave the Argonauts a 28-23 win at Edmonton on Saturday (the Elks have now misplaced a CFL-record 16 straight house video games). The Argos can safe the East’s high seed by successful both Saturday’s sport in Montreal or the rematch in Toronto the following week.

The East’s (and the league’s) last playoff spot stays up for grabs between defending division playoff champion Hamilton (6-10) and Saskatchewan (6-10), which may cross over from the West and steal it. Ottawa (4-12) is nonetheless formally alive too, however would want to brush the Ticats of their back-to-back matchups to shut the season to have a shot.

The West is extra settled, as threepeat-seeking Winnipeg (14-3) had already clinched first place earlier than Saturday’s 40-32 loss at B.C. The Lions received a pair of pick-sixes from their defence and 341 return yards from Terry Williams in that one to enhance to 11-5 — a sport up on Calgary, which suffered its first house loss to Hamilton in 18 years. B.C. and Calgary had already clinched playoff spots, however the No. 2 seed in the West is nonetheless up for grabs between them. Whoever will get it’s going to host their first-round playoff sport, with the winner travelling to Winnipeg for the West last on Nov. 13.

Speaking of Bombers (and bonkers) playoff video games, you possibly can revisit the notorious 1962 Grey Cup sport between Winnipeg and Hamilton — higher referred to as the Fog Bowl — by watching the newest episode of CBC Sports’ Unknown History sequence with Rob Pizzo right here.


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