Another excellent week in the CFL means a lot of movement in these CFL Week 16 power rankings. While some of the results were expected, it was the way in which the games played out that provided much entertainment.
The CFL rarely disappoints, so let’s see where each team stacks up against the others in this week’s power rankings.
1) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (11-3)
Last Week Ranking: 2
Prior to the Tiger-Cats three-game Western road swing, I thought this would be their toughest test yet. Well, the Tabbies passed with flying colours. Hamilton won two of three on the trip and was a last-second blocked field goal away from winning all three. A 33-13 route of Winnipeg last Friday puts the Ti-Cats as unarguably the CFL’s best team right now.
2) Calgary Stampeders (9-4)
Last Week Ranking: 1
The Calgary Stampeders have wrapped up their last bye week of the season and sit on top of the Western Division standings. Granted it is a three-way tie, but the Stamps find themselves in a familiar position at this time of year. Another run with the goal of winning the West and a first-round bye come playoff time is certainly within reach for this club.
3) Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-4)
Last Week Ranking: 5
Sometimes it’s not about who you play but how you win. The Saskatchewan Roughriders, for the second time this season, blew out an inferior team in the Toronto Argonauts. The combined score of both games was 73-23. Combine this with the fact that the green team has won eight out of their last nine and they look poised to continue to make a lot of noise.
4) Montreal Alouettes (7-6)
Last Week Ranking: 3
The Montreal Alouettes had the game in their hands this past week against the B.C. Lions. However, a controversial coaching decision by Als coach Khari Jones led to some late-game drama and ultimately a loss for Montreal. The Alouettes were oh so close to winning this game, but alas they take the loss and a tumble down the rankings.
5) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (9-5)
Last Week Ranking: 4
With only one win in their last four, the Bombers are scrambling for answers. On the wrong end of a beatdown at the hands of the Tiger-Cats, the Bombers lost their first game of the season on home turf. With the announcement earlier in the week that quarterback Matt Nichols is out for the rest of the season, the Bombers need to dig deep to right the ship.
6) B.C. Lions (4-10)
Last Week Ranking: 6
Don’t look now but the B.C. Lions are on a roll. Winning their last three, the Lions still believe that they can make the playoffs. Now, while the likelihood of that is extremely low, this team is starting to play like most people thought they would. Their coaching staff and players alike are auditioning for jobs next season and are now beginning to play like it.
7) Edmonton Eskimos (7-7)
Last Week Ranking: 7
The Edmonton Eskimos finally won a game. Saturday’s win was their first in September and it was also their first in the last five games. Although the victory came against the Ottawa Redblacks, a team everyone is beating lately, it has to feel good for the Esks to be back in the win column. For now, they’re just behind the soaring Lions.
8) Toronto Argonauts (2-11)
Last Week Ranking: 8
The Toronto Argonauts are a bad football team. However, while their record shows that they are the worst team in the CFL record-wise, this team is not as bad as the next one on this list. So the Argos will stay at number eight on the CFL Week 16 power rankings.
9) Ottawa Redblacks (3-11)
Last Week Ranking: 9
Many have already asked this, but how did this team start 2-0 this season? It has been a complete debacle in Ottawa since then and it is difficult to imagine them pulling themselves out of this current funk. Plainly stated, the Redblacks are awful.
The Last Word
As September draws to a close and the playoff picture becomes clearer, this is the time in the CFL season where things get interesting and fun. Next week’s slate of games could have many playoff implications and I can’t wait to get it started.
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