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:
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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?
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.
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.