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CFL Week 19 review: Toronto Argonauts continue to impress

Four more games in the CFL have come and gone, as Week 19 is complete. There were lots of points scored and some dramatic finishes, but more importantly the playoff picture continued to show its potential.

We'll review what was an exciting Week 19 and discussing each game and the playoff implications they had.

Lions land eye-catching road win

The first game of Week 19 in the CFL was between the BC Lions and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The result? Probably the best game of the week.

This was a back and forth offensive shootout between the two intra-division teams and it was the BC Lions that earned the 33-30 win on the road.

The Lions now stand with a 12-5 record, while the Tiger-Cats are 8-9.

Tiger-Cats wide receiver Tim White had seven receptions for 112 yards and two touchdowns, but that alongside some other good performances was still not enough.

The Lions played a full team effort as usual, spreading the ball out offensively and standing strong defensively.

With this win, the Lions are now tied in wins with the West Division leader Winnipeg Blue Bombers, so their goal of finishing first overall is still intact. As for Hamilton, their chances of second spot in the East Division are gone, but they still have the playoffs to push for.

Stampeders hold firm on home field

The next game on Friday was between the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders in some West Division action.

This was a very close game as well, but the Stampeders were able to defend their home field in a 26-19 win.

This was a full team effort in a complete game by the Stampeders, as the ball was spread out and there were good efforts by many different players.

As for Saskatchewan, their lead running back Jamal Morrow ran the ball 17 times and averaged 5.1 yards per carry with a touchdown, while they also had great showings from some wide receivers, but it was not enough to win.

These two are now neck and neck in the standings, as the Stampeders improved to 5-11 and the Roughriders dropped to 6-11. There is still time for these West Division opponents to flip flop in the standings.

Elks suffer all-too-familiar defeat

Saturday kicked off with an intra-division matchup between the Montreal Alouettes and the Edmonton Elks.

The Elks, who are at the bottom of the standings at 4-13, suffered yet another loss in a 35-21 win for Montreal.

In this offensive outburst from Montreal, there were 258 yards gained through the air and 134 yards gained on the ground, while the ball went in the hands of many different players, who contributed to the team's 35-point haul.

This was a huge win for Montreal, as they now stand with a 10-7 record. As for Edmonton, a losing effort has been no surprise this year, and their record is now 4-13.

Argonauts win Ontario battle

To close out Week 19, we were treated to the Battle of Ontario. The Ottawa Redblacks entered Toronto Argonaut territory and, after they surprised many and took a four-point lead into the second half, the Argonauts showed who was boss in the second.

They outscored Ottawa by a combined score of 20-3 in quarters three and four, which resulted in a 40-27 win in a high-scoring affair.

Now Toronto, who is 14-2, have two more games to prepare for before their playoff journey begins. They are the favorites in the market to win the Grey Cup at +110.

As for Ottawa, their record now sits at 4-13, which has them tied for worst in the league and they are already looking to next season.

Blue Bombers benefit from rest

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers had their bye week in Week 19 and this came at a great time, as the regular season draws towards a close.

With a 12-4 record, the Blue Bombers are a great team who have Grey Cup aspirations - they have the second-shortest odds to win it at +165 - and they can come back from their bye week refreshed and raring to go.

We now have just two weeks and six games remaining in this CFL season. As the playoff picture continues to unfold, the excitement grows. 

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