With another terrific week in the CFL completed, it’s time for the Week 11 rankings. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers continue to win football games, the Riders are surging and the Redblacks, well, are not.
Find out where your team ranks heading into the all-important Labour Day weekend in the CFL. They say the real season doesn’t start until Labour Day, but here’s how the league looks heading into it.
1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (8-2)
Last Week Ranking: 1
With their number one quarterback Matt Nichols out of the lineup due to injury, the Bombers didn’t miss a beat. Riding a strong running game and a wonderful performance by Willie Jefferson and the rest of the defence, the Bombers once again grabbed the victory. There’s little doubt that the Bombers are the CFL’s best team right now.
2) Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-3)
Last Week Ranking: 4
Five wins in a row and it’s time to give this Riders team some credit. Have there been fortunate circumstances leading to some of these wins? Sure. But you can only beat the team that’s in front of you and that’s what the Roughriders have done. With a massive home-and-home matchup coming up against the Blue Bombers, we will see what this team is made of. But for right now, they belong in second.
3) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8-2)
Last Week Ranking: 2
Despite winning this past weekend, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats slip a spot. Some will say that you should never critique a win. And while that is correct, a 13-10 win over the league’s worst team is certainly underwhelming. That is why I am moving the Tabbies down a spot in the CFL Week 11 power rankings.
4) Edmonton Eskimos (6-4)
Last Week Ranking: 3
The Edmonton Eskimos are having serious difficulty beating good teams this season. Most of their wins so far have been against the bottom teams in the CFL. Their Week 11 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was another example of the Eskimos falling short against the league’s elite. With a home-and-home series upcoming against the Stampeders, the Eskimos could find themselves sliding down the standings even further.
5) Montreal Alouettes (5-4)
Last Week Ranking: 5
The Montreal Alouettes stay in the fifth spot this week thanks in large part to their thrilling 28-22 victory over the hapless Toronto Argonauts. The Alouettes have won two games in a row and are looking more and more like a team that truly believe in themselves. The Als are firmly secured into second place in the CFL East.
6) Calgary Stampeders (5-4)
Last Week Ranking: 6
The Stampeders are heading into their traditional Labour Day matchup against the Eskimos on a rare two-game losing streak. Although now the Stamps should be well-rested coming off their bye in Week 11, looking to make their annual playoff push.
7) Toronto Argonauts (1-8)
Last Week Ranking: 8
While it’s nice to finally raise the Argos status in these rankings, this position has more to do with the ineptitude of the Ottawa Redblacks. That said, while the Argonauts are not piling up wins, their play has been much better as of late. The same can’t be said for the teams below.
8) Ottawa Redblacks (3-7)
Last Week Ranking: 7
In my Week 10 CFL power rankings, I had the Redblacks firmly cemented in seventh place. I didn’t think they could pass anyone or have anyone pass them. Well, one week later and I stand corrected. The Redblacks have lost three in a row and appear to be regressing as the season moves along. It’s difficult to imagine this team challenging for a playoff spot.
9) B.C. Lions (1-9)
Last Week Ranking: 9
The B.C. Lions continue to be a massive disappointment this season and don’t appear to be on a road to improvement anytime soon. This team is past the point of playing for a playoff spot. Each player and coach is now playing for a job next season.
The Last Word
As mentioned, we are at the start of the CFL’s unofficial second season. Labour Day is typically when things start shaking out as to which teams are contenders and which are pretenders. Which category will your team fall into?
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