After a weekend highlighted by upsets in the CFL here are the Week 4 Power Rankings.
The Stampeders remain the only undefeated team in the CFL this season. Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has gotten the offense under control after a sloppy Week 1. In the last two weeks he has a 68% completion percentage with five touchdowns and just one interception. After three double digit victories, two of which game on the road, the Stampeders look to stay perfect on the road next week in the nation’s Capital.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The Blue Bombers put up another convincing victory in the ‘Peg again this weekend over the B.C Lions. Despite being demoted to second string quarterback Chris Streveler managed to lead the Blue Bombers in scoring by running in two touchdowns. The defence was stout again only allowing 265 total yards from the B.C offence. They also managed three interceptions with two courtesy of former Lion Adam Bighill.
The Redblacks bounced back this week against the lowly Montreal Alouettes. The Redblacks scored 25 first-half points, but only managed to score three in the second half but it was good enough for a double-digit point win. Trevor Harris looked like Trevor Harris again this week throwing for 342 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Redblacks will look to move up the power rankings next week as they face the top-ranked team in the league at home.
The Eskimos are coming off a tough loss in Toronto this week as Mike Reilly’s former understudy James Franklin led the Argos to their first win of the season. The Eskimos were dominant through the air as usual with Mike Reilly throwing for 370 yards. They fell short where it counted however with Sean Whyte attempting four field goals but only managing to convert three. After a career game last week C.J Gable regressed heavily this week with just 36 yards on 14 carries. Edmonton gets chance to bounce back against this Toronto team next week, in Edmonton.
Jeremiah Masoli tied the record for most consecutive games with 300+ yards on Thursday against the Roughriders. Unfortunately, that’s about all Masoli and the Ti-Cats had to celebrate as they didn’t manage to find the end zone once. Hamilton turned the ball over twice including a critical late interception by Masoli which all but sealed the victory for Saskatchewan. The Ti-Cats will have a week to lick their wounds before heading back to Tim Hortons Field to face this Roughriders team again.
After an embarrassing loss at home to the Montreal Alouettes the Roughriders bounced back this week against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The pairing of Brandon Bridge and David Watford both playing quarterback seemed to work out for Chris Jones and the Riders. The pair combined for a 73.6% completion rate for just 148 yards and zero interceptions. They will need to work on ball security however as they also combined for two fumbles, only one of which was lost. The Riders will have a bye week to prepare before heading to Hamilton for a rematch.
The James Franklin era got off to a good start this weekend in Toronto after a narrow victory over the Edmonton Eskimos. Despite giving up 426 total yards the Argos defence clamped down when it mattered and held the paramount Eskimos offence to just one touchdown. More importantly, they managed to win the turnover battle which in the end is what gave them the win. The Argos travel to Edmonton next week to do it all again.
New Alouettes quarterback Jeff Matthews had a good first week of action. He threw for 280 yards, a touchdown, and managed not to turn the ball over once. The Alouettes are back in the losing column despite a solid performance from their younger quarterback. They have two weeks to help prepare him to face Bo Levi Mitchell and the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon.
The Lions suffered another shellacking this weekend, this time at the hands of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Jonathan Jennings was completely ineffective throwing for just 105 yards and two interceptions which rendered the Lions’ talented receiving core ineffective. The Lions were forced to punt the ball eight times, eight. The lone bright spot in the Lions offence was Jeremiah Johnson who averaged 6.2 YPC and managed to find the end zone. Allowing 40+ points in back-to-back weeks is an issue that can’t be ignored. However, if there are no changes to this offence soon, specifically at the quarterback position, then it won’t matter how good or bad the Lions defence is.
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