CFL Power Rankings: A return to reality

After putting together impressive runs in the Labour Day series of games, the CFL’s hottest teams – the Ticats and Riders – returned to earth last week.

Saskatchewan lost at home to a hey-we’re-not-dead-yet Ottawa squad while the Ticats fell at Tim Hortons Field to the Calgary Stampeders. Those results have, unsurprisingly, shaken up the rankings a bit.

Let’s get to it:

Calgary Stampeders running back Terry Williams (38) gets past Hamilton Tiger-Cats long snapper Aaron Crawford (47) as he runs out of the end zone following a missed Hamilton Tiger-Cats field goal attempt during first half CFL Football game action in Hamilton, Ont. on Saturday, September 15, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

1. Calgary Stampeders (Previous ranking: 1)
The Stampeders win again and can clinch a playoff spot with an Argo loss while sitting at home eating Cheetos. Realisticly, the division title is all but assured.

Edmonton Eskimos’ D’haquille Williams receives a pass before running it in for a touchdown against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the first half of CFL football action in Hamilton, Ontario on Thursday August 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

2. Edmonton Eskimos (Previous ranking: 3)
The Eskimos jump a spot while on a bye but face a tough test in Ottawa this week: they’ll need a win to stay at No. 2.

Ottawa Redblacks running back William Powell celebrates a first half touchdown against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during CFL action at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

3. Ottawa Redblacks (Previous ranking: 5)
Of all the guys with Chris Jones’ number, who would have figured it would Ottawa OC Jamie Elizondo and quarterback Trevor Harris? Still, full marks for dismantling one of the league’s top defences on the road.

Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Zach Collaros attempts a pass during first half CFL action at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

4. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Previous ranking: 2)
The Riders lost at home to the Redblacks and pay the price in the Power Rankings, dropping two spots. They are on the road in Toronto, site of last year’s East Final (which Saskie lost in dramatic fashion.)

Calgary Stampeders defensive back Troy Stoudermire (11) takes down Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Terrence Toliver (80) during first half CFL Football game action in Hamilton, Ontario on Saturday, September 15, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

5. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Previous ranking: 4)
The Ticats drop a spot after losing to the Stamps in a bizarre game that featured touchdowns scored a remarkable six different ways. Now second in the East but with a healthy cushion.

BC Lions quarterback Jonathon Jennings throws a pass during first half CFL football action against the Montreal Alouettes in Montreal, Friday, September 14, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

6. B.C. Lions (Previous ranking: 6)
Quarterback Travis Lulay is injured again, though Jon Jennings looked solid-ish in relief. Can he find his previously impressive but recently absent mojo again?

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Justin Medlock punts against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during first half CFL football action at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

7. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Previous ranking: 7)
The Bombers are out of a playoff spot at the moment and desperately need a win. The good news: they host Montreal this week. With Matt Nichols starting for the Bombers and Johnny Manziel at the helm for the Alouettes, this is the Beleaguered Quarterback Bowl.

8. Montreal Alouettes (Previous ranking: 8)
The Alouettes lost again as Antonio Pipkin threw four interceptions, including two pick-sixes. We are officially at the not-so-powerful section of the Power Rankings.

Toronto Argonauts wide receiver Mario Alford (13) signals to his team in first quarter CFL action against the BC Lions, in Toronto on Saturday, August 18, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

9. Toronto Argonauts (Previous ranking: 7)
A loss by the Argos guarantees the Calgary Stampeders a playoff spot but because they are playing the Riders, Stamps fans will still be cheering for the Double Blue.

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