CFL Week 15 Power Rankings:

Week 15 in the Canadian Football League was once again at its’ unpredictable best.

The East seems to be coming on while the West is banged up and perhaps falling off. How will that factor into this week’s Toon-Town Communications Power rankings? Take a look and find out.

9 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (2-11) LW: 42-20 win vs. Winnipeg – Last Ranking #9 (6 weeks)

The REDBLACKS finally found a way to get back into the win column! After knocking on the door the last couple of weeks in some tight games Ottawa blew the door down with perhaps their best effort of the season over Winnipeg. The win, however, still isn’t enough to slide them out of the basement. BUT repeating the performance in B.C will be a tall order.

8 – Montreal Alouettes (5-8) LW BYE – Last Ranking #8 (4 weeks)

The Alouettes have a chance to make a statement and more importantly climb back into the play-off race in week 16 at home to the Riders. I will be curious to see if Johnathan Crompton is for real and how the defence challenges Tino Sunseri.

7 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-8) LW 42-40 loss vs. Ottawa – Last Ranking #6

Is this the slow dissent to reality for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers? The Bombers are not fooling anyone at the moment with poor protection for their quarterback, no spark on special teams and a defence that can’t stop the run. No matter how you slice it the season has been a success for the Bombers, however, they are who we thought they were.

6 – Toronto Argonauts (6-8) LW: 33-32 win vs. Edmonton – Last Ranking #7

Another step in the right direction for the Argos who slipped into obscurity thanks to a schedule that featured no home games in September. The Boatmen still need improvement from their secondary but the offence is getting back on track as they get healthier.

5 – B.C. Lions (7-7) LW: 19-17 loss vs. Hamilton. – Last Ranking #4

The Lions are a mystery to me. They have great athletes on offence and can’t seem to find an identity while the defence is stellar but they allow big plays at inopportune times. The Lions need to get better quick if they want to keep the dream of playing in their own Grey Cup alive.

4 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6-7) LW: 19-17 win vs. B.C. – Last Ranking #5

Hamilton is the hottest team in the entire CFL! Their weekly improvement against good things is something the entire league is watching. Zach Collaros can move the offence while the defence is formidable. They are not quiet in the Top 3 yet but they are knocking on the door.

3 – Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-5) LW: 31-24 loss vs. Calgary – Last Ranking #3 (2 weeks)

The Green and White showed some moxy against a banged up Stampeder team. You need to call a spade a spade though as two touchdowns were set up by Calgary penalties that moved the ball to the one yard-line. The Riders are slipping, the question is can Tino Sunseri allow the offence to gain a grip and hang on?

2 – Edmonton Eskimos (9-5) LW: 33-32 loss at Toronto – Last Ranking #2 (2 weeks)

Tough week on the road for the Eskimos but you have to give the Double-E credit. Mike Reilly is a stud and goes all out to win each and every week. The pass defence let the club down, however, and they need to return to form this week against Winnipeg.

1 – Calgary Stampeders (12-2) LW 31-24 win at SK – Last Ranking #1 (9 weeks)

Will the Stamps be champs? The horsemen are banged and beaten up but are still finding ways to win. Calgary will get healthier with the bye in week 16 and at this time I don’t see them being beaten!

 

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