CFL Week 14 Power Rankings:

Well week 14 in the Canadian Football League seemed to be right on script, however, the lack of offence has fans asking what has happened to offensive creativity.

So are the defences that much better or are the offences that bad?

The question may factor into this week’s power rankings.

See for yourself in this week’s Toon-Town Communications CFL Power Rankings.

9 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (1-11) LW: 15-7 loss vs. Montreal – Last Ranking #9 (5 weeks)

Well another week and the REDBLACKS find another way to lose. Henry Burris has been outstanding he just can’t coax a play out of his team in the red zone. That and some poor coaching in week 14 cost the expansion franchise a win and perhaps even a play-off spot. Ottawa needs to find a way to get over the hump. Until they do the basement in the rankings is theirs.

8 – Montreal Alouettes (5-8) LW 15-7 win at Ottawa – Last Ranking #8 (3 weeks)

Are the Alouettes rolling and finding their stride? OR are they capitalizing on weaker opposition? I go with the latter as topping Ottawa by seven and capitalizing on an injury riddled Stampeder team doesn’t fill me with a lot of confidence. Hence despite an important win they stay at 8.

7 – Toronto Argonauts (5-8) LW: BYE – Last Ranking #7 (3 weeks)

Well a bye week has allowed the Argos to further heal up. I’m wondering if it gave them an opportunity to find a defensive identity. The offence will continue to improve as the team gets healthy. They need to find a way to stop the opposition in order to move up.

6 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-7) LW 16-11 loss vs. Hamilton – Last Ranking #6 (2 weeks)

If you would have told the Bombers at this point of the season they would be 6-and-7 they would have been ecstatic. So have they come back to Earth or can they find a way to make a push down the stretch? I go with the prior and think that a young Bomber team will learn some tough lessons in the last third of the season.

5 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats (5-7) LW: 16-11 win at Winnipeg – Last Ranking #5 (2 weeks)

The Tiger-Cats ar finding ways to win games that they were losing earlier in the season. Hosting B.C. this week gives the Tabbies a chance to make a statement and make a bold move in the rankings.

4 – B.C. Lions (7-6) LW: 14-7 loss at Calgary – Last Ranking #4 (2 weeks)

The Lions loss in Calgary was a big missed opportunity to make a statement and a claim to playing the post season in the West. The Lions won’t have time to lick their wounds as they head East this week against a tough Hamilton team.

3 – Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-4) LW: 24-0 loss at Edmonton – Last Ranking #2

Rock bottom for the Riders? I’m not so sure. As many are hanging the shutout loss in the Alberta capital on Tino Sunseri the Rider defence didn’t help him out much allowing over 300 yards on the ground. The D will need to step it up against the Stamps if the team wants to be considered a force in the west. If nothing more this week’s game will be a good measuring stick.

2 – Edmonton Eskimos (9-4) LW: 24-0 win vs. Saskatchewan – Last Ranking #3

Dominant in all three phases is what the Eskimos were in week 14. Edmonton flexed their muscles and proved that they are a force to be reckoned with. Duplicating the effort in Toronto this week will be key to keeping their spot in the ranking.

1 – Calgary Stampeders (11-2) LW 14-7 win vs. B.C. – Last Ranking #1 (8 weeks)

No matter how you want to say it the Calgary Stampeders are the premier team in the Canadian Football League. Injured, healthy, it doesn’t matter they have proven time and again that they are the team to beat in the CFL.

 

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