Our power rankers are certain about two things after the regular season: Edmonton is the best team in the league at the moment and behind them, it’s as clear as mud.
The 3DownNation power rankings are built by having a number of our contributors, ordering the teams one through nine and allocating points for each ranking. This week we have a tie between three teams at No. 2 – a first this season.
1. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 1)
Five straight wins and three in a row over West Division foes to end the regular season make the Eskimos the No. 1 rated team headed into the post-season. Mike Reilly has become the favourite to win the CFL MOP award too.
2. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 2)
Chris Jones knew he would be on the road regardless of what happened in Week 20, so he rested some players in order to have his roster as healthy as possible for the playoffs. The Riders finished with matching home and away records (5-4, 5-4), three of those road wins came in the Eastern time zone.
2. Calgary Stampeders (last week 3)
The Stamps have been chasing it lately, losing three straight limping into the West Final. Bo Levi Mitchell and Jerome Messam need to get right for the one-and-done slate.
2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 4)
Dan LeFevour was the definition of a game-manager in Winnipeg’s win over Calgary. The defence scored two touchdowns and offence held the ball for over 32 minutes as the Bombers clinched a home playoff game for the first time since 2011.
5. Toronto Argonauts (last week 5)
The party was on for Toronto as the Argos clinched the East Division in emphatic fashion on the Left coast. It’s been a remarkable turnaround orchestrated by Jim Popp and Marc Trestman as the Argonauts will host their first playoff game at BMO Field.
6. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 6)
Diontae Spencer and the Redblacks rested for the final regular season week. Ottawa’s offence has been hot since Trevor Harris returned, which has spurred their late-season surge.
7. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 8)
For what it’s worth Hamilton finished the season the strongest of any non-playoff team. Many questions and some concerns surround the Ticats.
8. B.C. Lions (last week 7)
If it was Wally Buono’s last game as head coach, the Lions didn’t seem to care as the team put forth a listless effort. A talented team wasted a season that could’ve been much different.
9. Montreal Alouettes (last week 9)
The Als suffered a franchise-worst 11 straight losses to end the campaign. Finally, the Alouettes disastrous season has come to an end.