October 7, 2014

Pinty’s Power Rankings: Argos chart course


CFL.ca Staff

Calgary Stampeders
Week 14 Ranking: 1
Got the job done despite a furious comeback by Tino Sunseri and the Roughriders. To still go out and win it on the road after such a momentum swing was impressive, and as a result the Stampeders have locked up a playoff spot and soon the West Division title.

Edmonton Eskimos
Week 14 Ranking: 2

The Eskimos continue to shoot themselves in the foot with penalties, the biggest determining factor in this weekend’s loss to the Argos. This is one of the league’s most talented teams, but will need to pull together and start winning again soon in order to hold off the charging East Division.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Week 14 Ranking: 4
Winning ugly is still winning, which is why the Ticats beating the Lions on five field goals and two safeties is just as impressive as anything else. That’s four in a row and five of six for the East Division’s number one team, which remains perfect at home. A battle for first place with the Argos looms Friday.

Saskatchewan Roughriders
Week 14 Ranking: 3

Another tough loss for the Riders after working their way back from a 24-0 deficit in Calgary. Usually it’s hard to take moral victories in the CFL, but the play of Tino Sunseri was a major positive and provided something the team can build on heading into a Week 16 clash in Montreal.

Toronto Argonauts
Week 14 Ranking: 7

The Argo offence continues to click, the latest productive showing coming against the Eskimos in the first game back in Toronto in over a month. This team has looked solid in three straight games against Western opponents, and with five remaining games against the East appears set to make a big run.

Montreal Alouettes
Week 14 Ranking: 6
Watching the Ticats and Argos win didn’t likely help the Alouettes enjoy their week off, but the bye week should get them focused and refreshed ahead of a pivotal late-season stretch. Montreal has won four of its last five and will look to continue its forward momentum with a home win over the Riders.

BC Lions
Week 14 Ranking: 5

The defence continues to be elite, holding the Ticats to just five field goals throughout Saturday’s loss in Hamilton. The questions are on offence, where the team is struggling to get production without Travis Lulay, Andrew Harris, Stefan Logan, and Courtney Taylor.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Week 14 Ranking: 8
Despite a tough loss down East to the REDBLACKS in which Drew Willy was picked off three times and Jonathan Williams ran wild, the Bombers are right in the thick of a playoff race, just one game behind the fourth-place Lions for the East Division crossover. A huge divisional matchup with Edmonton provides a chance to get back on track.

Week 14 Ranking: 9
An emotional home win over the Bombers has the REDBLACKS believing again, after Jonathan Williams went for 229 yards from scrimmage while the defence played more lights out football on the way to the team’s second win of the season. A chance to really turn heads arrives on Saturday night in BC.