3DownNation CFL power rankings: Stampeders run over the competition

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With one week left in the CFL season, the playoff bracket has been set in stone but our power rankings are a different story.

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)

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have been in control of the top spot in our power rankings all year and a Week 20 bye with first place in the West already sewn up wasn’t going to change that. They may well be back at the top again next year after using their time off to sign quarterback Zach Collaros to a three-year extension.

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2. Calgary Stampeders (3)

It seems the only thing that will stop the flip-flopping between Western rivals on our rankings podium will be the West Semi-Final, as the Stampeders are once again in second place after running roughshod over the Riders. Calgary is one spot lower in the actual league standings, but our voters are apparently fans of toting the rock.

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3. B.C. Lions (2)

The Lions slapped the lowly Elks with their final ‘L’ of 2022, secured a home playoff game, and could have generational quarterback Nathan Rourke back next week, but they still dropped in our rankings. I guess our snowed-in voters must be a little jealous of the Vancouver weather.

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4. Toronto Argonauts (4)

It took a rouge on a missed field goal to accomplish the feat, but the Toronto Argonauts have clinched first place in the East Division for the second straight season. Recent victories haven’t been pretty, but this team could be dangerous in the winter with running back A.J. Ouellette hitting his stride.

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5. Montreal Alouettes (6)

Despite the best efforts of star receiver Eugene Lewis at the end of the game, the Alouettes were unable to keep their hopes of a playoff bye alive and now sit a game under .500. Danny Maciocia has his team in the postseason just like Khari Jones did, but the desired game-to-game consistency still isn’t there.

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6. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (5)

A walk-off field goal after a game-winning drive from their backup quarterback is what it took for Hamilton to beat Ottawa in front of a sellout crowd this week, but the team secured a playoff berth nonetheless. With five wins in their last six games, nobody is hotter than the Ticats right now, though the health status of Dane Evans clearly has some of our contributors concerned.

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7. Ottawa Redblacks (7)

The Redblacks showed plenty more fight this week but still couldn’t escape the East Division basement, officially being eliminated from the playoff hunt by the Ticats. Attention now turns to which youngsters can nail their audition for next year in the season finale and whether Bob Dyce is the man to lead the team going forward.

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8. Saskatchewan Roughriders (8)

Backup quarterback Mason Fine didn’t provide the spark that Craig Dickenson hoped for and the Riders fell in pitiful fashion to Calgary. Any dreams of a home Grey Cup were officially dashed in front of a half-empty Mosaic Stadium, raising the question of where the team goes from here.

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9. Edmonton Elks (9)

Tre Ford couldn’t catch lightning in a bottle a second time and the Edmonton Elks officially completed their second straight season without a victory at Commonwealth Stadium. Positives are few and far between in the place once called the City of Champions, but at least they found a few decent rookies.