Just like that, the CFL regular season is complete and so here are the CFL Week 21 power rankings. Although the playoff teams were decided what feels like months ago, we now know the road each club needs to go through to win the ultimate prize.
But before the playoffs begin, here are the final power rankings of the 2019 season. Again, all non-playoff teams are excluded.
1) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (15-3)
Last Week Ranking: 1
Fifteen wins and three losses. What a season for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. At the start of the season, many predicted this team to win the CFL East but their record is certainly a surprise. The Cats left little doubt as to whom the best team in the CFL is. They should be everyone’s favourite to win the Grey Cup.
2) Saskatchewan Roughriders (13-5)
Last Week Ranking: 2
The Roughriders pulled out a clunky 23-13 win this weekend over the hapless Eskimos. A few missed field goals combined with some well poorly-timed Eskimos penalties and the green team is off to the playoffs. But a win is a win no matter how it comes. With this victory, the Riders have clinched first place in the CFL West and a first-round bye.
3) Calgary Stampeders (12-6)
Last Week Ranking: 3
By the time the Stampeders took the field on Saturday, they already knew they couldn’t win the West. That didn’t stop them from beating the lowly Lions 21-16 to claim a home playoff date next weekend. The Stamps will now host the Bombers on Sunday in the West Semifinal. Considering the player personnel turnover and injuries in Calgary this season, a home playoff date is a minor miracle.
4) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11-7)
Last Week Ranking: 4
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers had a bye week in the last week of the season and remain number four on the CFL Week 21 power rankings list. And the rest could not have come at a better time for the blue and gold. Finishing third in the West, the Bombers will need to win three straight games on the road in order to win the Grey Cup. The Bombers have not won three road games in a row since the summer of 2017.
5) Montreal Alouettes (10-8)
Last Week Ranking: 5
The good news? Montreal is heading to the post-season and hosting a playoff game. The bad? The Als have not won two games in a row since September. This is significant considering the Als won their last game of the season over Ottawa by a score of 42-32. Can the Alouettes buck the one win and one loss trend? Probably, since they are playing the below team.
6) Edmonton Eskimos (8-10)
Last Week Ranking: 6
The Edmonton Eskimos are heading to the playoffs despite their best effort. Winning only two of their last nine games, the Eskimos play of late does not inspire much confidence. However, it is the CFL playoffs, where anything can happen. Can this Esks team surprise and get to the championship game? Unlikely, but that’s why they play the games.
The Last Word
Playoffs in any sport are a lot of fun no matter if you have a team in the race or not. And this year promises to be no different. Anything can happen as long as you make it. Well, all of the teams above have certainly done that. Which one will lay claim to the ultimate prize? Can’t wait to find out.
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