Week 18 CFL Power Rankings: It was moving week in the east!

Well some more bouncing around the rankings in the middle of this week’s list. Agree or disagree the prerogative is yours.
However, with each passing week I am not sure whether the East is getting sorted out or more muddled.

Take a peek at this week’s CFL Power Rankings:

9 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (2-14) LW: 23-7 loss vs. Montreal – Last Ranking #9 (9 weeks)

I would love to tell you that the Ottawa REDBLACKS are improving. Unfortunately, they have flat lined and I’m not sure what they can do to get themselves over the hump. One thing that is for sure is that the number 8 spot is getting farther and farther away from them.

8 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-11) LW 28-23 loss vs. B.C. – Last Ranking #8 (3 weeks)

Well you can put lipstick on a pig and it’s still a pig! That’s the Winnipeg offensive line. The Bombers blockers were able to mask their deficiencies by scheme earlier in the year. Now those deficiencies are being exploited in part due to injury but also due to a lack of talent. The Bombers know where they need to improve the question is whether or not they can do it.

7 – Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-8) LW: 40-27 loss at Calgary – Last Ranking #5

The Green and White’s slide continues! Yes, it would be interesting to see what their record would be if Darian Durant was at quarterback all season. That being said the “next man up,” hasn’t come through for the Green and White this season. The depth is being tested and it isn’t measuring up. Until it does the slide will continue.

6 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7-9) LW: 26-24 loss at Toronto – Last Ranking #3

I am flip flopping on the Ti-Cats even more than their ranking! They look like gangbusters one week and then subpar the next. Yes, that comes part and parcel with a young team but the Tabbies need to find some consistency in order to maintain a consistent ranking.

5 – Toronto Argonauts (7-9) LW: 26-24 win vs. Hamilton – Last Ranking #7

The Argos are sailing on the same ship inconsistency. They too need to find a way to stay consistent as they are on the brink of claiming a play-off spot.

4 – Montreal Alouettes (8-8) LW 23-17 win at Ottawa – Last Ranking #6

OK back at .500! Does that mean the Alouettes are for real. That will be determined this week as they host Montreal with an opportunity to flex their muscles against Toronto. Johnathan Crompton has looked good but his defence has looked even better. Montreal may be the team you don’t want to see come the post season.

3 – B.C. Lions (9-7) LW: 28-23 win at B.C. – Last Ranking #4

The Alouettes are nipping at the Lions tails but a big road win last week has many believing in the lower mainland that not only are the play-offs possible, but so too is a Grey Cup appearance at home. I won’t go that far but the Lions may be coming on at the right time.

2 – Edmonton Eskimos (11-5) LW: BYE – Last Ranking #2 (5 weeks)

The Eskies continue to challenge Calgary for top spot in the West. Perhaps not in the standings but definitely in this ranking! It will be interesting to see the Eskies demeanour coming off of a bye week with a chance to make a statement at home against B.C.

1 – Calgary Stampeders (14-2) LW: 40-27 win vs. Saskatchewan – Last Ranking #1 (12 weeks)

The Stamps are rolling and the question from many CFL observers seems to be whether or not they can keep it going into the post season. I don’t see why not as no matter the adversity the Stamps find a way to take care of business. The lone thing that could keep them from riding off into the sunset with the Grey Cup is their neighbors to the north who are also proving to be a force to be reckoned with.

 

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