The CFL’s version of the final four includes three West Division teams.
We’ll continue to rank the nine teams throughout the Grey Cup playoffs.
Saskatchewan and Edmonton put together convincing wins on semifinal Sunday and are one game away from possibly meeting in the Grey Cup for the first time in history.
Calgary and Toronto enjoyed byes to get prepared for their respective division finals. The Argos actually climbed the rankings while being idle and a playoff team took a tumble. And two teams are tied for the second spot in 3DownNation’s compiled group rankings which run on points system.
1. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 1)
C.J. Gable has made Edmonton’s offence a scary proposition to defend. Brandon Zylstra, Derel Walker, Adarius Bowman and Vidal Hazelton are a fearsome foursome with Mike Reilly delivering the football. That’s an elite group of playmakers which has Edmonton ringing up points on the scoreboard.
2. Calgary Stampeders (last week 2)
Bo Levi Mitchell had time to rest his injured shoulder and Calgary’s offence got the chance to reset. It’s been the defence and special teams holding the team up, especially late in the season. Time for the offence to do its part in the West Final.
2. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 2)
Some people around the league feel Saskatchewan subtly put themselves in a position to crossover. If that was Chris Jones’ plan it worked out for one week. However, the real test comes Sunday facing a Marc Trestman-led team that’s had two weeks to prepare.
4. Toronto Argonauts (last week 5)
Toronto absolutely obliterated B.C. in the final week of the regular season and are getting healthy. Marcus Ball should start in the Eastern Final, a dynamic presence on defence. The Argos are favoured and rightly so.
5. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 2)
Winnipeg fans were left with a displeased look on their face after the Bombers were dropped out of the playoffs, but it was a season of further growth. The blue and gold improved in the win category and hosted a post-season game for the first time since 2011. A change at defensive coordinator could help the Bombers reach elite status.
6. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 6)
Ottawa got punched in the mouth and could never recover. The Redblacks have a young defence in place that gained experience in 2017. What happens at quarterback – Trevor Harris is a free agent – will be vitally important to the future of the Redblacks.
7. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 7)
Players speaking out against Kent Austin had to set alarm bells off for Ticats brass. The franchise would have a much different feel to it with the dictator out of the mix.
8. B.C. Lions (last week 8)
David Braley will own the team in 2018 and he wants Wally Buono back as head coach and general manager. The 67-year-old is deciding about his own future, an important one for the franchise.
9. Montreal Alouettes (last week 9)
Kavis Reed has been non-committal about quarterback Darian Durant as the team’s starter for 2018, he’s signed through the 2019 season. It seems as though there could be movement at the pivotal position in La Belle Province.