TORONTO -- The Edmonton Eskimos close out the regular season on top of the Nissan Titan Power Rankings. How does the rest of the list shake out?
Week 20 Ranking: 1 (Last Week: 1)
The Eskimos finished the regular season on an eight game winning streak and are in the middle of nearly a three week break before the West Final. Edmonton won the West as Mike Reilly seemed to improve each week after returning from injury and the defence ended the year at the top of the league.
Week 20 Ranking: 2 (Last Week: 2)
The Stampeders proved just how deep of a team the are with a win over the Lions in Week 20 comprised of mostly backup players. They have only dropped one game at home all season and that bodes well for them as they are set to host those same Lions at McMahon Stadium in the West Semi-Final.
Week 20 Ranking: 3 (Last Week: 3)
The REDBLACKS showed why they are the class of the East with a thrilling victory over the Ticats that saw Henry Burris throw six touchdown passes. The league's top offence has now won four straight games and are helped by the second-ranked defensive unit as well.
Week 20 Ranking: 4 (Last Week: 4)
For as up-and-down as the Lions second half of the season has been, BC has made significant gains on the field despite what their record would indicate. The team is an underdog entering the playoffs but has hung in with some of the top teams in the league for a number of weeks and could shock some people.
Week 20 Ranking: 5 (Last Week: 6)
The Argonauts have seen enough of Ricky Ray since his return to declare him the starter in the playoffs and that is a welcome sign for a team that could use some consistency at this point of the year. At times, Toronto has boasted one of the league's most lethal offences and will need to find that form again with Ray under centre.
Week 20 Ranking: 6 (Last Week: 5)
The Ticats drop a spot in the rankings amid many questions surrounding the offence. The team has used three quarterbacks in its last two games as Hamilton searches for an answer entering the East Semi-Final against the rival Argos. The defence and special teams did a great job in holding the team in the game last week against the REDBLACKS but the offence will need to step up.
Week 20 Ranking: 7 (Last Week: 7)
The Alouettes answered one of the questions entering their offseason by announcing that Jim Popp will return to the sidelines next year. The team faced questions at quarterback all season but have to be encouraged by the play of Brandon Bridge. Despite being a veteran team, there are a number of younger pieces worth keeping going forward.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Week 20 Ranking: 8 (Last Week: 8)
It is easy to play the 'what if' game when it comes to the Bombers season and the health of Drew Willy. However, the return on investment of off-season signing Jamaal Westerman has paid dividends as the defensive lineman won three team awards and nearly led the league in sacks.
Week 20 Ranking: 9 (Last Week: 9)
The comeback effort put on by Brett Smith was impressive as the Riders ended their season with a victory. It was a long season for Saskatchewan but the team had a number of weeks to take a look and evaulate the players on their roster. They still finished the year with the second best offence in the league.
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