July 21, 2014

CFL.ca Power Rankings: Alberta reigns supreme

CFL.ca Staff

Calgary Stampeders
Week 3 Ranking: 1
The Stamps maintain their number one ranking after just making it past the Tiger-Cats in Week 4. And guess what? Things won’t get any easier for the Stamps in Week 5, as they’ll visit their provincial rivals in Edmonton for the first Battle of Alberta of 2014. Oh, and in case you forgot, both teams remain undefeated. The Battle of Alberta is back!

Edmonton Eskimos
Week 3 Ranking: 2

Another week, another statement by Chris Jones and the Edmonton Eskimos. The Green and Gold were lights out in last week’s test against the then-unbeaten Blue Bombers, keeping Winnipeg’s potent offence at bay and out of the endzone. The Esks now turn their focus towards Calgary. Could a win over their bitter rivals propel them to the top of next week’s Power Rankings?

Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Week 3 Ranking: 3

The Bombers were humbled against the Eskimos on Thursday night, with QB Drew Willy failing to throw a touchdown for the second time in four games. Nonetheless, spirits are still high in Winnipeg, and you can be sure that Mike O’Shea will have his troops prepared for what’s expected to be a stiff test in BC on Friday Night Football.

BC Lions
Week 3 Ranking:
No sleep for these Lions on Saturday night, as Kevin Glenn, along with Andrew Harris and Emmanuel Arceneaux pounced all over a seemingly unprepared Alouettes defence in Week 4. Following a couple of rough weeks, the Lions have now reeled off two consecutive wins, allowing just 18 points in the process. Glenn was nicked up in the win, however, though it appeared to be a minor speedbump.

Saskatchewan Roughriders
Week 3 Ranking: 4

With their first bye of the season – as well as two-straight losses – now in the rear-view mirror, the re-charged Roughriders will host the Argonauts on Saturday night, looking to get themselves back in the win column, and back in the thick of things in the West.

Toronto Argonauts
Week 3 Ranking: 5
The Boatmen fall one spot after coming up just short of playing party-spoiler in Ottawa on Friday night. Toronto’s defence was solid, but without the likes of Chad Owens, Jason Barnes, and a clear-cut tailback, the offence sputtered. They’ll now try and regroup in time for an important test with the Roughriders.

Montreal Alouettes
Week 3 Ranking: 7

Despite being defeated handily by BC, the Als stay put in the seven spot. Troy Smith had arguably the roughest outing of his young CFL career, completing just five of his 17 passes for 45 yards and a pick. Think he’ll be doing any relaxing during the bye week? Think again.

Week 3 Ranking: 9
The REDBLACKS make their first ever Power Rankings jump following a historic victory in their inaugural home game over the Argonauts. The defence was solid, the offence made plays when they had to, and kicker Brett Maher made sure the capacity crowd at TD Place went home with a victory, connecting on all six of his field goals to account for all 18 of Ottawa’s points.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Week 3 Ranking: 8
The Ticats dropped a close one to the Stamps in Week 4, and will look to rebound against the REDBLACKS in Week 5. With Zach Collaros’ status still up in the air, the Ticats will look towards one of Jeremiah Masoli and Dan LeFevour to lead them offensively against Ottawa.