Calgary Stampeders look to freeze out challenges in final four games

Calgary Stampeders Juwan Simpson against the Toronto Argonauts, during CFL action in Calgary, Alta....

Calgary Stampeders Juwan Simpson against the Toronto Argonauts, during CFL action in Calgary, Alta. on Saturday September 21, 2013. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:27 PM ET

It’s been a common theme all week long.

 

The mercury is dipping, the leaves are falling, and the toques — some of the American players have no idea what those are yet — are out.

That also means the games are more important.

Playoff football is in the air. You can smell it. Seriously.

This point in the season is also the time where teams are lamenting close, early-season losses, or in the Calgary Stampeders’ case, thanking the football gods for the position they’re in.

And the Stamps, at 11-3, couldn’t be much more comfortable, at this point, with a two-game lead over both the B.C. Lions (9-5) and Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-5).

But don’t confuse comfort with thinking that the job is done and the West Division crown is under lock and key somewhere inside McMahon Stadium.

“We’re where we wanted to be, I guess, in a sense,” Stamps defensive leader Juwan Simpson said Thursday, the Alabama native wrapped from head to toe in his finest


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