With the start of every new CFL season comes the opportunity for people like me to submit their CFL power rankings. Love them or hate them, I definitely want to hear from you as I will be producing a weekly article on this topic.
We are just two weeks into the CFL season and already some amazing storylines have begun to emerge. The Edmonton Eskimos have looked fabulous while the Toronto Argonauts have, well, not. The B.C. Lions have not had the start that many had predicted, and the Redblacks of Ottawa are exceeding expectations.
Wild start to the year to say the least in the CFL. But this is why we love the league, it is wonderfully exciting and unpredictable.
So without further ado, here are my post Week 2 CFL power rankings.
CFL Power Rankings After Week 2
1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Yes, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have only played one game to date. However, it was an impressive Week 1 road win against the B.C. Lions. All three phases of this Bombers team seemed to be in mid-season form amidst some significant injuries. With the return of Chris Matthews, the Bombers look to improve their already impressive line-up. This 2019 version of the Bombers looks very good and should be a difficult team to play against all year.
2) Edmonton Eskimos
The Edmonton Eskimos have been the story of this young CFL season. The offence under new Eskimos quarterback Trevor Harris looks absolutely unstoppable. The revamped defence has been a wonderful surprise for this team and was absolutely dominating against Mike Reilly and the B.C. Lions offence in Week 2. And while we are early in the CFL season, the Eskimos and Bombers will face each other this Thursday night. This game will go a long way in determining who the early front runner might be for the 2019 Grey Cup.
3) Hamilton Tiger-Cats
There are four rookie head coaches in the CFL this season and they have a combined win/loss record of 2-5 in this early season. Hamilton head coach Orlondo Steinauer has both of those wins. The latest win came at the hands of the Toronto Argonauts in the form of a 64-14 beat down at BMO Field in Toronto. The Tiger-Cats were the early favourite to win the CFL East Division at the start of this season and so far have lived up to those expectations.
4) Ottawa Redblacks
Without a doubt, the biggest surprise after two weeks is the Ottawa Redblacks. A team that was absolutely decimated in the free agency robbery of 2019 losing many key starters. Not to mention, losing their offensive coordinator. Shockingly, the Redblacks have jumped out to a 2-0 start with quarterback Dominique Davis dominating the Saskatchewan Roughriders in last weeks 44-41 thriller. Heading into the bye week, the Redblacks have shocked the CFL world.
5) Calgary Stampeders
Another team that has only played one game so far this season are the Calgary Stampeders. The Stamps were a bit of a wild-card team heading into this season despite being the reigning Grey Cup champions. Losing several key pieces to free agency and the NFL in the off-season, most experts weren’t sure what to expect from this group. A tough home loss in Week 1 to the Ottawa Redblacks has the Stamps at number five on this list.
6) B.C. Lions
The B.C. Lions spent a lot of money in free agency this past off-season. Unfortunately, it has yet to pay off for them. A difficult home loss to the Bombers in Week 1 combined with a humbling 39-23 loss at Edmonton last week, the Lions are desperate to cash in on their off-season acquisitions. Although this team is 0-2, they have a solid veteran group with outstanding coaches. It is likely that this team will find its rhythm soon and the wins should start to pile up when they do.
7) Saskatchewan Roughriders
Much like the B.C. Lions, the Saskatchewan Roughriders find themselves with an 0-2 record to start their season. Unlike the Lions, however, the Riders cannot rely on a veteran quarterback to bail them out of their predicament. With starting quarterback Zach Collaros going down with an injury in Week 1, relatively inexperienced quarterback Cody Fajardo will likely be at the helm for the foreseeable future. While Fajardo was extremely impressive in his first career start last week, the Roughriders have yet to play well as a team consistently. Perhaps with the Argonauts coming to Regina this weekend, the Riders can find a way to right the ship.
8) Montreal Alouettes
The Montreal Alouettes have started the season at 0-1 after losing their season opener to the Edmonton Eskimos 32-25. While the score indicated a close game, the Als defence surrendered 608 yards to the Eskimos offence. The Alouettes defence heading into this season was supposed to be the strength of their team. In Week 3, the Alouettes now face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who just put up 64 points against the Argonauts. With starting pivot Antonio Pipkin out as well as some key National players, the Alouettes could be in for a tough few weeks.
9) Toronto Argonauts
The Toronto Argonauts were the last team to play a CFL regular season game after a Week 1 bye. And boy, did it show. It’s been mentioned a couple of times above, but bears repeating — the Argonauts were thumped in their home opener 64-14 by provincial rival Hamilton. The good news for the Argos is that it was one of those games that you can “throw out” early in the year and use as motivation moving forward. However, a road game in Regina’s Mosaic Stadium could prove to be a difficult venue to get their game back on track.
The Last Word
There is obviously a lot of football left to be played this CFL season, and it will be interesting to see how things shake out from this point forward on a week-to-week basis. Which teams will slide back, which teams will improve and which ones will continue to surprise and impress?
Lots of questions still left to be answered and I look forward to sharing my opinions on where each team ranks as the season goes on.
I would love to hear your thoughts on these CFL power rankings. Do you agree or disagree?
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