The CFL power rankings for Week 19 are going to look a little different than the usual format. It is time to eliminate the teams off of this list that has been eliminated from the CFL playoffs. The focus moving forward will only be on the top six teams and how they line up against each other as the season winds down.
Here’s a look at the new CFL power rankings for Week 19.
1) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (13-3)
Last Week Ranking: 1
Since starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli went down with a season-ending injury, backup quarterback Dane Evans has led the Tiger-Cats to an 8-2 record. Simply incredible. And with the defence playing as well as it has all year, the Tiger-Cats have to be the favourite to win the Grey Cup this season.
2) Calgary Stampeders (11-5)
Last Week Ranking: 2
The Stampeders are coming off a 37-33 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and would wrap up first place in the west with a win this weekend. The defending champs have had their fair share of adversity this year but as always, they seem to find a way. GM John Hufnagel and Head Coach Dave Dickenson have a knack for putting together a strong contending team year in and year out despite turnover in player personnel. And with the Grey Cup in Calgary this year, this has the makings of a fairy tale ending.
3) Saskatchewan Roughriders (11-5)
Last Week Ranking: 3
As some in the Riders organization has admitted, last week’s victory against the BC Lions was not their best game. Certainly not the best time of year to come out flat, but the Roughriders will have an opportunity to correct this as they head to Edmonton to take on the Eskimos in Week 20. This will be the first meeting of both teams this season, so it should be an entertaining ball game.
4) Montreal Alouettes (9-7)
Last Week Ranking: 5
The Montreal Alouettes are the epitome of inconsistency this season. They have not won (or lost) two consecutive games since defeating both the Lions and Argos back in August. This win one, lose one formula is not going to cut it come playoff time. This team needs to figure this out, and soon.
5) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (10-7)
Last Week Ranking: 4
In no way is the Bombers loss last week the sole reason why they fall down one spot on this list. There is an even larger concern. Since Labour Day, the Blue & Gold have a record of 2-5 which is tied for the second-worst record (Argos) in the same time frame in the CFL. They say the real CFL season doesn’t start until Labour Day but someone forgot to remind the Bombers.
6) Edmonton Eskimos (8-8)
Last Week Ranking: 6
The Edmonton Eskimos are coming off a bye week and a win two weeks ago against the BC Lions. Coming back from this bye, the Eskimos received great news in that their starting QB, Trevor Harris will be coming back from injury this weekend. Just in time too. Like Winnipeg, The Esks have struggled since Labour Day (2-4) but will look to get back to their winning ways as they get healthy.
The Last Word
The CFL playoffs may still be three weeks away, but for all intents and purposes, we are in the thick of it now. Many of the races are still very much in play and the seeding of each team will likely be determined in the final week of the regular season.
As is typical in the CFL, this is the best time of the year and the 2019 season has been no exception.
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