The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have won seven in a row. It was two months ago that there was doubt whether Mike O’Shea would finish the season as the team’s head coach. Edmonton doesn’t need a new head coach, but it is certainly missing something.
Here are the latest power rankings (with the team’s previous ranking posted after their current record in parentheses):
- Calgary (10-1-1, 1, vs Winnipeg): The Stamps needed a burst of energy in the fourth quarter; and once they got it, they put Ottawa in the rear-view mirror. Calgary poses the first real threat to Winnipeg’s winning streak in what will be Calgary’s last division game of the season.
- BC Lions (8-3, 2, at Edmonton): Jonathan Jennings is one of three quarterbacks who has surpassed 3,000 passing yards this season. And if the running back tandem of Jeremiah Johnson and Anthony Allen were one back, he’d be near the top in rushing yards. BC plays all but one of its final seven games against division foes.
- Winnipeg (8-4, 3, at Calgary): Winnipeg’s seven-game winning streak, something the team hasn’t had since 2001, includes zero wins against teams with winning records. Over the final six weeks, the Blue Bombers play the CFL’s two best teams three times.
- Hamilton (6-6, 5, at Saskatchewan): Is it possible that Hamilton is nothing more than an average team, capable of squeaking out a win or getting beat each week? A narrow win against a bad Montreal team doesn’t offer much confidence with Calgary and a back-to-back with Ottawa on the horizon.
- Ottawa (5-5-1, 4, vs Toronto): The REDBLACKS began the season at 3-0-1 and looked like they were going to run away with the division title. But a 2-5 record since then has dropped Ottawa into second place. And with four more games against Western Division teams, getting back on top is not guaranteed.
- Toronto (5-7, 6, at Ottawa): Three points — three — is all the Toronto offense has mustered in the fourth quarter over its last four games. Consider also that over the last six games, the Argos’ defense has given up 30 or more points four times. Better hope Edmonton doesn’t get hot.
- Saskatchewan (2-10, 9, Hamilton): The Roughriders, who had lost four close games over the past two months, pulled out a stunning win over Edmonton. Perhaps this team is capable of being a spoiler over the final six games, with the next four contests against those rather average Eastern Division teams.
- Edmonton (5-7, 7, vs BC Lions): It’s time for the Esks to collectively look in the mirror and decide if they’re ready to make the commitment to get back to the post-season. Consecutive games against BC and Winnipeg will offer a strong hint as to their fortitude.
- Montreal (3-9, 8, BYE): At least the Alouettes won’t lose another frustrating game this week. The league’s worst offense simply doesn’t do enough to reward the consistently strong efforts turned in by the defense. It might be time to turn to Vernon Adams; remember, Montreal swapped its 2017 first-round pick for him.