The CFL Week 15 power rankings are getting a serious makeover this week. Last weekend featured some incredible finishes with at least one unexpected result. There were also a couple of fairly predictable results. However, even those games contributed to some changes. So without further ado, here we go.
1) Calgary Stampeders (9-4)
Last Week Ranking: 2
Since the Calgary Stampeders haven’t lost a game since returning from their bye week earlier this month. A four-game winning streak has them tied with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for first in the CFL West Division. The defending champions are certainly finding their groove at the right time.
2) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-3)
Last Week Ranking: 3
Admittedly, the Tiger-Cats haven’t got enough credit this season. They’re the first team to 10 wins, doing so even without star pivot Jeremiah Masoli. Sure, the Tiger-Cats almost blew a massive lead to the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday, but they held on after a last-second field goal. Hamilton now sits alone and on top of the CFL standings.
3) Montreal Alouettes (7-5)
Last Week Ranking: 5
Team of destiny? Sure feels like it. An incredible comeback last weekend against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers vaults the Alouettes up a couple of spots in the rankings. The Alouettes obviously believe in the system, the coaching staff, and each other. With four wins in their last five games, the Alouettes are hitting their stride.
4) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (9-4)
Last Week Ranking: 1
Winnipeg falls three spots this week thanks to an embarrassing loss to the Alouettes. The Bombers held a 24-point lead in this one only to watch it slip away in the final few seconds. It’s the second time this season that they’ve blown a commanding lead in a game (Toronto in Week 8). Because of it, the Bombers fall drastically in the CFL week 15 power rankings.
5) Saskatchewan Roughriders (8-4)
Last Week Ranking: 4
The Roughriders fall one spot despite being on a bye week, but the team returns to action this week and will look to catch both the Stampeders and Bombers for first in the CFL West. A date with the Toronto Argonauts is next up for the Riders for the second meeting between these two clubs. The Roughriders won the first meeting 32-7 way back in Week 3.
6) B.C. Lions (3-10)
Last Week Ranking: 8
The good news is the Lions have their first winning streak of the season. The bad news, they don’t play the Ottawa Redblacks anymore. Two straight convincing wins over the Redblacks, and perhaps the Lions are starting to feel good about themselves. Although there isn’t any parade planned, it’s a relief for this group to get a couple of wins together.
7) Edmonton Eskimos (6-7)
Last Week Ranking: 6
This team can’t miss the playoffs, right? Right? Anyone? Weeks ago it would have even been unthinkable, but now you might have to entertain it. The green and gold have lost four straight and didn’t seem prepared to start their last game against Hamilton, falling behind 21-0 after the first quarter. Despite their best effort to come back, Edmonton ended up losing the game in the dying seconds — an inexcusable effort coming off their bye week.
8) Toronto Argonauts (2-10)
Last Week Ranking: 7
Toronto’s winning streak is halted at one. The Argos found themselves on the losing end of a 23-16 score against the Calgary Stampeders. Despite the records of the teams, this could have been a winnable game for the Argos. The Stamps were missing several key players but the Argos could not find their way to victory. There will be no CFL playoffs in Toronto.
9) Ottawa Redblacks (3-10)
Last Week Ranking: 9
Speaking of no chance to make the playoffs, here come the Redblacks. How did this team start the season at 2-0? This is not a good football team and it’s hard to imagine that major changes aren’t coming to the nation’s capital at the end of the season.
The Last Word
As mentioned, there is lots of movement up and down the rankings this week. So many great finishes last weekend, it will be difficult for Week 16 to top the excitement of last week. But it’s why we watch the games. Especially in the CFL, where anything can happen.
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