Welcome to this edition of the CFL Week 13 power rankings. For the second consecutive week, this list features a new (old) number one team. Here is the breakdown of how each team stacks up. At least according to me.
1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (9-3)
Last Week Ranking: 2
After a brief stint at number two on this list, the Bombers find themselves back at number one. With a 35-10 shellacking over their arch-rival Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Bombers proved again why they are the best team in the CFL. Depth is a wonderful thing. This is a team that is firing on all cylinders despite missing several key offensive starters.
2) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (9-2)
Last Week Ranking: 3
Despite coming off their bye week, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats jump a spot to number two in this, the CFL Week 13 power rankings. However, now the Ti-Cats will embark on arguably their toughest test of the season. A three-game road trip to western Canada will see them play the Stampeders, the Eskimos and the Bombers. It will be interesting to see if this team can build on their current four-game win streak.
3) Calgary Stampeders (7-4)
Last Week Ranking: 4
Look out, here come the Calgary Stampeders. With back-to-back wins over their provincial rival Edmonton Eskimos, the Stampeders appear to be heading in the right direction. Bo Levi Mitchell is back from injury and the Stamps look poised to make a run for first place in the CFL West. Although Mitchell threw for three interceptions on Saturday, one cannot simply overlook the dominance of this Stampeders team over Edmonton this season.
4) Saskatchewan Roughriders (7-4)
Last Week Ranking: 1
Oh, that sound you hear? Well, that’s just the Roughriders crashing back down to earth. The Bombers snapped the Riders six-game win streak on Saturday, where the latter looked more like pretenders than they did contenders. Losing in all three phases of this game, the green team will require a massive back bounce game this week against the Montreal Alouettes.
5) Montreal Alouettes (6-4)
Last Week Ranking: 5
The Montreal Alouettes came off their bye in Week 12 to beat the B.C. Lions at home. The victory extended their winning streak to three, and they’re in a good position heading to Regina this weekend to take on the Riders. The Alouettes are a team that believes in themselves right now and will be a tough out for anyone.
6) Edmonton Eskimos (6-6)
Last Week Ranking: 6
With their current three-game losing streak, the Eskimos are closer to being number seven on this list then they are number five. The inability to beat Calgary this season (0-3) is a massive problem for this club. In addition, the loss of, albeit, struggling quarterback Trevor Harris to injury would be a difficult one for this group to swallow. Combine this with losing the season series to the Bombers, and the Eskimos continue to look destined to be the crossover team come playoff time.
7) Toronto Argonauts (2-9)
Last Week Ranking: 7
They did it! The Toronto Argonauts won another game. Not only did they win, but they actually looked really good in doing so. Sure, it was against an awful Redblacks team. However, they did it in the Redblacks stadium, in front of their fans, and in a very convincing 46-17 fashion. The Argos won’t make the playoffs, but they could pose problems for teams the rest of the season.
8) Ottawa Redblacks (3-8)
Last Week Ranking: 8
Disinterested. That would be a good way of describing this Redblacks team. Quickly fading out of any playoff picture, this team doesn’t look like they will win again. That said, they do play the B.C. Lions this week, so…
9) B.C. Lions (1-10)
Last Week Ranking: 9
The Redblacks are awful, but the B.C. Lions continue to hold the spot for the worst team in the league. Despite perhaps their best effort of the season in Week 13, a 21-16 loss to Montreal, the Lions still find ways to lose football games. This is undoubtedly the worst team in the CFL. That said, they do play the Redblacks this week, so…
The Last Word
This is the time of year in the CFL where the good teams begin separating themselves with the mediocre ones. As the weather starts to cool, and the leaves start to fall, the push for the playoffs begins to heat up.
This truly is the fun part of the CFL season. See you next week.
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