Week 18 CFL Power Rankings

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The Western Division has already been won, and the Eastern Division champion could be crowned this weekend. And suddenly the crossover team could very well be the BC Lions.

Here are the latest power rankings (with the team’s previous ranking posted after their current record in parentheses):

  1. Calgary (14-1-1, 1, vs Toronto): The machine is still humming. The apparent knee injury to Jerrod Mayo was the only low point as Calgary overpowered Montreal to extend the unbeaten streak to 15 games. With the only challenges coming from within, the Stamps remain the CFL’s best team.
  2. Winnipeg (10-6, 3, BYE): No Maurice Leggett. No Ian Wild. No problem. The Bombers took advantage of six BC turnovers to sweep the home-and-home series; they’ve likely locked up second place in the Western Division. A week off leads to a back-to-back series with Ottawa to wind up the regular season.
  3. Edmonton (8-7, 2, at BC Lions): Two more road games as the Esks complete their four-game road trip. After this week’s game, Edmonton finishes the year with Hamilton and Toronto, and that means an 11-7 season isn’t far fetched. Odd but true stat: Quarterback Mike Reilly is tied for the team’s rushing touchdowns lead with 7.
  4. BC Lions (9-6, 4, vs Edmonton): Three losses in four games — by a combined nine points — likely has doomed any chance the Lions had of hosting a playoff game. The loser of this week’s game might very well be the crossover team; should it be BC, remember the Lions won all four road games against the east earlier this year.
  5. Saskatchewan (5-10, 5, vs Montreal): The second-longest winning streak in the CFL belongs to the Roughriders, who dominated the hapless Argos. Joe McKnight ran for 150 yards in his first CFL start. Consecutive home games close the legendary Mosaic Stadium.
  6. Ottawa (7-7-1, 6, vs Hamilton): Quarterback Henry Burris played like he did in 2015 as he inched his team closer to a 2016 division championship. Consider, too, that the REDBLACKS won without their top receiver and with a running back who had played in only four games this year.
  7. Hamilton (6-9, 7, at Ottawa): The good: Jeremiah Masoli threw three touchdown passes. The bad: Jeremiah Masoli threw two interceptions. The ugly: Jeremiah Masoli threw an awful pass late in the game that ended a drive and a good chance at a win. All or maybe nothing for the TiCats this week in the rematch with Ottawa.
  8. Montreal (4-11, 8, at Saskatchewan): Montreal will continue to be a bad team until the offense comes around. With any consistency on that side of the ball, the Als might be the the elite of the Eastern Division. If the housecleaning is coming, it will begin in less than one month.
  9. Toronto (5-11, 9, at Calgary): The only good news: The Argos cannot go any lower, after winding up their home schedule with a 2-7 record. Toronto has lost five consecutive games and all five defeats have been by at least 17 points.
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