CFL Week 10 has been completed and the power rankings are anything but easy to figure out. Well, at least for the top six teams. The bottom three could stay the bottom three from now until the end of the year — and likely will.
Week 10 of the CFL featured an amazing comeback in Calgary, another injured quarterback, and a couple of fairly predictable outcomes. That said, there is some movement in these rankings, so let’s get right to it.
CFL Week 10 Power Rankings
1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (7-2)
Last Week Ranking: 1
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are good, real good. But are they good enough to overcome the loss of their starting quarterback in Matt Nichols? Nichols left the game in the fourth quarter of last weeks game against B.C. with a shoulder injury and did not return. He has since been placed on the six-game injured list. With their next three games against division rivals, the Bombers are going to be put to the test. How long can they stay at number one?
2) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7-2)
Last Week Ranking: 3
The Tiger-Cats are in a really nice spot in the CFL’s East Division. Sitting with a record of 7-2, the Tabbies find themselves six points ahead of the second-place Montreal Alouettes. The Tiger-Cats offence is doing just enough in assisting their excellent defence in securing wins since their loss of quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, a reality the Ti-Cats face, which Connor Knight wrote about.
3) Edmonton Eskimos (6-3)
Last Week Ranking: 5
The Edmonton Eskimos leap a couple of spots on these rankings and they continue to pile up wins. The Eskimos lead the league in net offence and their defence has allowed the fewest points in the CFL to date. And after putting up back-to-back wins, the Eskimos look poised to continue climbing the CFL ladder.
4) Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-3)
Last Week Ranking: 4
Coming off a bye week, there isn’t any movement on these rankings for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Riders will put their four-game winning streak on the line in Week 11 when they host the Ottawa Redblacaks.
5) Montreal Alouettes (4-4)
Last Week Ranking: 6
With an amazing comeback victory in Calgary last week, there are reasons to believe the Alouettes may be turning a corner. With Vernon Adams Jr. showing signs that he can be a good pivot in the CFL, the defence playing well recently, and a head coach that the team absolutely believes in, the Als could be poised for an excellent back half of the season.
6) Calgary Stampeders (5-4)
Last Week Ranking: 2
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Well, at least in these rankings. The Stampeders drop four spots from number two to number six. Why? Well, after winning three in a row, the Stamps have now dropped two straight. Sure, one was to the league-leading Bombers, but their latest loss stings. A rare heartbreaking overtime loss for Dave Dickenson’s crew against the Alouettes raises some eyebrows and some questions for this team moving forward.
7) Ottawa Redblacks (3-6)
Last Week Ranking: 7
This season in the CFL, there should be a line drawn between the top six teams and the bottom three. Ottawa is in seventh here but are nowhere close to the top six teams above them. Another loss last week to Hamilton and the Redblacks are rapidly fading out of the East Division playoff race.
8) Toronto Argonauts (1-7)
Last Week Ranking: 8
Unfortunately, the Toronto Argonauts had their win streak snapped at one game in Week 10. A 41-26 loss at the hands of the Edmonton Eskimos last weekend leaves the Argos last place in the CFL’s East and second-last in these rankings.
9) B.C. Lions (1-8)
Last Week Ranking: 9
Oh the B.C. Lions. Halfway through the regular season and the Lions are on pace for a two-win season despite having former All-Stars littered throughout their lineup. If their season keeps going like this, the Lions could see massive shake-ups in both management and coaching personnel.
The Last Word
While the bottom third of the league stays in the same order from last week, I would be happy to hear your thoughts on the revamped top six that I have outlined above. Let me know what you think, and as always, thanks for reading.
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