It is clear the Calgary Stampeders are not playing their best football heading into the postseason. On Friday night at McMahon Stadium, the Stampeders arguably played their worst home game in years, and were completely dominated by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a 30-7 loss.
The game just might come at the right time for Calgary however. The Stampeders will not play a meaningful game until the Western Final on November 19 when they will once again play host to the winner of the Western semi-final at McMahon Stadium for the fifth time in six years.
That will give the Stampeders almost a month to work on facets of their game. The biggest area of concern from Friday was quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell. The 2016 CFL most valuable player only completed 14 of 27 passes for 136 yards and two interceptions. The Stampeders went through the entire game without a touchdown and lost their first game at home in the regular season since October 10, 2015.
There is no doubt that the Stampeders got their reality check. How they will be able to respond is the next important step. They play two playoff bound teams before the end of the regular season—Saturday in Edmonton and then November 3 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Don’t forget. Despite being an excellent regular season team over the last several years, the Stampeders should have won more Grey Cups than one since 2009. Last season they went 15-2-1 before losing 39-33 to the Ottawa Redblacks in the Grey Cup. Two years ago they went 14-4 before losing 45-31 to the Edmonton Eskimos in the Western Final. The bottom line is that the Stampeders have gone 107-33-2 since 2010, but have only won one Grey Cup in eight years. Unless the Stampeders make drastic improvements from Friday night, the 2017 CFL season will be much the same.