Are the CFL’s Western teams that much better than their Eastern counterparts?
The stats paint a pretty clear picture.
Through the first six weeks of the season, Eastern Division teams — the Ticats, Argos, Alouettes and RedBlacks — have a combined record of 5 wins and 16 losses.
That’s a winning percentage of .238, which means those teams have won about 24% of their games this year.
Out West – the Blue Bombers, Stampeders, Eskimos, Roughriders and Lions – are a combined 19-and-8… a winning percentage of .703.
Teams from the East and West have played each other 15 times in 2014, and the West has dominated in the win-loss column, 13-2.
And only four of those contests have been decided by 7 points or less, three of them involving Hamilton.
The 1-and-4 Tiger-Cats have lost all four of their games this season to Western opponents — Saskatchewan, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg — and have been outscored 96-67 in those games.
Cats fans will tell you that Hamilton could have and probably should have won at least two of those games, if not three.
But the fact is they didn’t, and have two more games versus the West on the horizon.
The Ticats tackle the Lions in BC this Friday before hosting Calgary on August 16.
The good news is after that, 7 of their last 11 games are against Eastern opponents, including their last 5 games.