Week 18 CFL Power Rankings:

Not a lot of surprises in week 18 of the Canadian Football League season. However, there may be some surprises in this week’s rankings… Take a look and see If you agree.

1 Calgary Stampeders: (14-3 LW: 29-25 win vs. SK) – Last Week Ranking #1 (4th Week In A Row)

The depth that General Manager John Huffnagel has established at every position is outstanding. Not to mention how interchangeable one piece seems to be with another. No Nic Lewis no problem. Kevin Glenn not getting the job done bring in Drew Tate. The list goes on and on. The most impressive thing is that the team seems to be pulling the rope in the same direction with everyone buying in. The Stamps have proven that they are tops in the CFL and the favorite to win the Grey Cup through 17 regular season weeks.

2 Toronto Argonauts: (11-6 LW: 36-21 win vs WPG) – Last Week Rank #3

Now that seemed more like the Toronto team of old. 500+ yards through the air against Winnipeg. A stifling defensive effort and some impressive special teams work. The Argos are looking more and more like the defending Grey Cup Champions and if they can keep on rolling will make some noise in the play-offs and all but punch their ticket to the Grey Cup in Regina.

3 Saskatchewan Roughriders: (11-6 LW: 29-25 loss at CGY) – Last Week Rank #2

The drop in the ranking is less about the loss in Calgary last week and more about the team’s mental meltdowns. Kory Sheets and Dwight Anderson appear to be the tip of the iceberg of discontent. Can Corey Chamblin hold the team together for a possible four more games? It will be critical! However, I see this team starting to unravel bit by bit.

4 B.C. Lions: (10-7 LW: 43-29 win vs. EDM) – Last Week Ranking #4 (2nd Week In a row)

Yes it was only a win over Edmonton. However, Wally Buono appears to have done it again! IF Travis Lulay is unable to play eighter this week or in the play-offs Buck Piercer who was acquired from Winnipeg for a song looks ready to lead this team. Things are well in Leo land as they get set to wrap up the regular season and then travel to Regina for the Western semi-final.

5 Hamilton Tiger Cats (9-8 LW: 27-24 win vs. MTL) – Last Week Rank #5 (2nd Week in a row)

Hamilton escaped with a week 18 win by the hair on their chin a special teams return touchdown was the difference and gave the Ti-Cats a victory they more than likely didn’t deserve. That being said good teams find ways to win and that is exactly what they did as they get set to wind up the regular season in Winnipeg.

6 Montreal Alouettes: (7-10 LW: 27-24 loss at. HAM) – Last Week #6 (10th Consecutive Week)

Things are looking up for the Als. Not enough to move them up the ranking but there are some definite signs that they may just be a difficult team to play in the post season. Troy Smith looks like a keeper while the Als group of play-making receivers may be the best in the league.

7 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (3-14 LW: 36-21 loss at TOR) – Last Week #7 (3rd Straight Week)

The season cannot come to an end soon enough for the Blue Bombers and their fans. Even with jobs on the line the organization can’t find a way to win or even provide some glimmer of hope. No idea where the Bombers should start but they better figure out a play for the rebuild quick.

8 Edmonton Eskimos: (3-14 LW: 43-29 loss at BC) – Last Week #8 (3rd Week In A Row)

To me the Eskimos have a lot more talent to work with than the Blue Bombers. However, the football gods have been against this team seemingly since the onset this season. You will remember in their pre-season opener against the Riders they lost a potential starting quarterback in Matt Nichols when he blew out his knee. Since then key injuries to Adam Bighill and Fred Stamps, and a half a dozen or so last minute losses and one has to scratch their head in Edmonton. I’m not sure what the solution is but I am curious to see what the demeanor of the Eskimos is at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday night.

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