3DownNation CFL power rankings: Stampeders rumble into second place

Photo courtesy: Paul Yates/B.C. Lions

Just five weeks remain in the CFL regular season and the playoff picture just got a whole lot clearer. Three new teams joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in clinching a postseason berth in Week 16, leaving just two spots available. With no teams officially eliminated, it truly is all to play for down the stretch.

3DownNation’s power rankings are created by having eleven of our contributors rank each team from No. 1 to No. 9 independently, then averaging out the scores. The previous week’s rankings are in brackets.

Enjoy the rankings and feel free to roast us on Twitter for anything you think we got wrong.

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1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1)

A week off was badly needed by the Bombers, as the team was left reeling by their blowout loss to Hamilton in Week 15. That still hasn’t changed the fact that the two-time defending champions are the class of the CFL and, after a little dissent last week, they were once again the unanimous top pick this week.

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2. Calgary Stampeders (3)

After heartbreaking losses in each of their first two meetings, the Stampeders finally pulled a fast one on the B.C. Lions to record a perfect three-phase victory on Saturday. It was the team’s first win over an opponent with a better record and clinched the team a playoff spot in the process, earning Jake Maier’s group a one-spot bump in our rankings.

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3. B.C. Lions (2)

Just when you thought the Lions’ post-Rourke tailspin was over, Vernon Adams Jr. offered up a performance so putrid in his home debut that they legally had to keep the BC Place roof open to let out the stench. The team’s rental saviour completed just 50 percent of his passes for 151 yards before being pulled, crossing mid-field just twice. Fortunately for Lions fans, the team had a playoff spot clinched before kickoff, but that was difficult to celebrate given they lost Bryan Burnham to injury in the defeat.

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4. Toronto Argonauts (4)

I’m not quite sure what else our voters want from the Argos, but apparently a 45-15 massacre of the Redblacks isn’t good enough to move into a podium position in our power rankings. Despite losing both the total yardage and time of possession battles, Toronto’s seven total takeaways were enough to dominate their opponent and make them the first East Division team to book their ticket to the postseason.

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5. Montreal Alouettes (5)

It was a hard-fought battle but the Alouettes kept their stranglehold on second place in the East by fending off the upstart Ticats at home. Trevor Harris continues to be quietly efficient at the helm and will have a chance to get the team to .500 next week against his former team, the Edmonton Elks.

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6. Saskatchewan Roughriders (7)

A bye week with his newborn son has likely distracted quarterback Cody Fajardo from the emotional trauma of being booed at home and it seems to have helped our voters forget as well. Despite losing to Edmonton just one week ago, the Riders are back rising up the rankings.

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7. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6)

From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, the Ticats managed to knock off the No. 1-ranked Bombers one week and turn around and lose to Montreal the next. That puts a bit of a damper on their burgeoning playoff hopes, though the good news is that quarterback Dane Evans didn’t appear to dramatically regress in the loss.

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8. Edmonton Elks (8)

After moving up just one spot last week due to their upset of Saskatchewan, a bye week did nothing to change our contributors’ opinions of Edmonton. Three games back of a crossover spot with four to play, Chris Jones’ group needs to run the table and get some serious help to keep their playoff dream alive for much longer.

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9. Ottawa Redblacks (9)

Paul LaPolice’s days in the nation’s capital appear to be numbered after yet another embarrassing home loss, this time by 30 points to Toronto. There isn’t much else to say here really, other than it is impossible to win when your quarterbacks combine for five total interceptions.