Week 16 CFL Power Rankings

Some teams have a lot to be thankful for while some just looked like plain turkeys on Thanksgiving weekend in the CFL.

What does that mean to the CFL rankings. Well, definitely a couple of big tumbles were in order this week. See who dropped and who’s on top this week with the Toon-Town Communications Power Rankings.

9 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (2-12) LW: 41-3 loss vs. B.C. – Last Ranking #9 (7 weeks)

The REDBLACKS inconsistency continues to plague them. However, it is to be expected with a young team. That being said Ottawa should have been more competitive in year one instead they are still looking for an identity and something to hand their hat on, on both sides of the ball.

8 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-9) LW 41-9 loss at Edmonton – Last Ranking #7

They are who we thought they were? The rebuilding Blue Bombers haven’t just come back to Earth they’ve crashed into the Forks! The defence no longer has teeth, the offence has no creativity and you are starting to see the growing pains of a young quarterback. Additionaly, team discipline has come off the rails. There is still a lot of work to do in the Peg.

7 – Montreal Alouettes (6-8) LW 40-9 win vs. Saskatchewan – Last Ranking #8

Despite putting up 40 points on the hapless Roughriders in week 16 I’m still not sold on the Alouettes. Their ascent up these rankings, however, has begun. Can they continue to climb? It will be on them as they finish their season exclusively against the East.

6 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6-8) LW: 34-33 loss at Toronto – Last Ranking #4

For the first time in a month the Tabbies have taken a step back. Good teams find ways to win and the Tiger-Cats could not pull one out against the Argonauts. Lessons were learned in this one on both sides of the ball for the young team from Steel Town. Can they turn it around and get back to the top half of the league. We will find out in week 17.

5 – Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-6) LW: 40-9 loss at Montreal – Last Ranking #3

The biggest drop this week dare I say deservingly so goes to the Green and White. They were out played, out coached, and just beat in every way possible in Montreal on Monday. It won’t get any easier at home on Sunday to Edmonton. Can the defensing Grey Cup champs find a way to right the ship? Only time will tell.

4 – Toronto Argonauts (7-8) LW: 34-33 win vs. Hamilton – Last Ranking #6

As mentioned earlier good teams find ways to win and the Boatmen definitely did that in a surprising come from behind win over Hamilton. The Argos have the experience and moxy to make some noise down the stretch and they will get a chance to do that with a relatively healthy line up.

3– B.C. Lions (8-7) LW: 41-3 win vs. Ottawa – Last Ranking #5

The Lions elevation is more about the decline of their opponents. There are still some big questions on offence and some concerns on offence. Can they get it figured out? A bye this week though couldn’t have come at a better time.

2 – Edmonton Eskimos (10-5) LW: 41-9 win vs. Winnipeg – Last Ranking #2 (3 weeks)

The Eskimos are a half step away from the Stampeders and if they had Mike Reily at the helm in their back to back meetings with the Stamps it would have been very interesting to see ow they would have fared. The Eskies are peaking at the right time and are a force to be reckoned with.

1 – Calgary Stampeders (12-2) LW: BYE – Last Ranking #1 (10 weeks)

Hard to believe that he Stamps could have lost ground in a bye week but the dominant performance of the Eskimos should have the Stamps as well as the rest of the league taking notice that top spot is no longer a guarantee in CowTown.

 

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