Week 4 CFL Power Rankings:

Another interesting week has come and gone in the CFL with a couple of blow-outs and a couple of close games that I’m not sure anyone would have anticipated them being as close as they were. That being said this week can be defined as more is less and actually doing nothing is the most. See what I mean in this week’s edition of the Toon Town Sports CFL Power Rankings.

9 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-3) LW: 10-7 loss at Calgary – Last Ranking #9 (3 Weeks)
Think Kent Austin wishes that he had Henry Burris back in the fold right now? Wow! Zach Collaros is going to miss another week and his back-ups were none to impressive in Week 4 in Calgary. The receiving corp looked great! The lack of using CJ Gable in the run game is a mystery to me while the defence showed some pride. However, until the Ti-Cats can break into the win column they will stay at the bottom of the heap.

8 – Montreal Alouettes (1-3) LW: 41-5 loss at B.C. – Last Ranking #4
How ugly was the loss in week 5 in Toronto for the Als? The dropped from the upper echelon in the league to the basement in one week! The offence has yet to find an identity and the defence looked old and confused. Granted Montreal never plays well in Vancouver but a bye week to work on self-evaluation is exactly what the team needs during their bye week.

7 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (1-2) LW: 18-17 win vs. Toronto – Last Ranking #8
Well the REDBLACKS are into the win column and with the turmoil in the rest of the East don’t look now but they may actually have a shot at a play-off spot. If Henry Burris stays healthy the club has a chance every week.

6 – Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-2) LW: BYE – Last Ranking #5
Thank-you Montreal! The Alouettes stunk out BC Place in every way shape and form and because of that the Riders move up! The Green and White have had a week to cure what ails them. We shall see if they can put a plan into action against a battered Argonaut team in week 5.

5 – Toronto Argonauts (1-3) LW 18-17 loss at Ottawa – Last Ranking #6
Not a bad deal for Toronto, heh? Lose a game move up a spot. I’m sorry to say this but Ottawa would have beat any team on Friday night in their home opener, almost a decade removed from CFL action. The REDBLACKS did just enough to win to pull out a late game victory while the Argos who are battered and bruised on offence had their defence falter late to give up the ‘W’. Week five will be interesting in Regina!

4 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers (3-1) LW 26-3 loss vs. Edmonton – Last Ranking #2
OK Bomber fans I get it how can one loss cause you to drop two spots. Simple I truthfully have been waiting for the other shoe to drop on the Bombers. The Offensive line is not where it needs to be and the running game has to go out the window when they are trailing. All this means that there is some work to do heading into a big couple of weeks against B-C and Saskatchewan. It also means that it is time for a statement in Manitoba as to where the fit into the scheme of the west.

3 – B.C. Lions (2-2) LW: 41-5 win vs. Montreal – Last Ranking #5
Exhale Lions fans after a mediocre start the roar has been restored! Ken Glenn and the offence have found their game. The defence is back to playing a punishing style and momentum is on their side. A home date with Winnipeg in Week 5 can move them further up the West Division standings.

2 – Edmonton Eskimos (3-0) LW 26-3 win at Winnipeg – Last Ranking #3
Wow! Credit has to be given where credit is due and the Edmonton Eskimos walked into one of the toughest places to play in the CFL and man-handled the red-hot Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The sky truly is the limit in the Alberta Capital as the club has already equaled the number of wins that they accumulated last year. The Green and Gold have a chance to attain the gold in this ranking when the battle of Alberta resumes on Thursday.

1 – Calgary Stampeders (3-0) LW 10-7 win vs. Hamilton – Last Ranking #1 (3 Weeks)
They don’t ask how just how many, right? The Calgary Stampeders struggled against a struggling club in week four and I am a firm believer that good teams find ways to win and that’s exactly what the Stamps did last week. I have often said that they have the best depth in the league but that will be put to the extreme test as Jon Cornish appears destined for the 6-game injured list while, two more defensive backs went down against Hamilton. This week will determine top spot in the power rankings.

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