Monday, October 3, 2011

CFL Power Rankings, Week 15, 2011

1. Montreal Alouettes
Tied for the top record overall in the CFL, two game win streak including a hard fought victory last week in Winnipeg. The Alouettes are the most consistent of the better CFL teams this season.
2. BC Lions
Certainly close to the top ranking, the Lions have won their last six straight games. They easily handled the Eskimos last week in their renovated BC Place opener. Excellent defence and good young Canadian receivers paired with vets Simon and Bruce makes for a good offence as well. Point differential is massive.
3. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Winners of two straight, the more impressive being their ass booting of Calgary in Touchdown Atlantic. Last week's victory in Toronto wasn't particularly impressive, but it wasn't a close game either. Hamilton's offence has morphed as the season progressed and suddenly speedy Marcus Thigpen and Terry Grant are important factors and Bakari Grant and Aaron Kelly are tall receivers sitting on the sidelines. Injuries are starting to become an issue.
4. Calgary Stampeders
Pummelled the sucky Riders last week, but aren't on a hot streak. Burris has been hot and cold this year as has the defence. Excellent road team. Mediocre at home.
5. Edmonton Eskimos
Where has the great team of the first five games gone? The Eskimos have since gone 2 and 6, which may be as bad a record as the Argos over that time period and worse than the Riders. Slipping fast into third place in the West.
6. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Losers of two in a row and are now 1 and 4 over their last five games including a lose to the Argos and two to the Riders. Not good. With a season ending injury to Fred Reid and Buck Pierce battling to stay in games, the Bombers are sliding towards third in the East.
7. Toronto Argonauts
Still bad, but played somewhat OK against the Ticats this week. Not really a lot to say apart from really weak Canadian talent. Expensive offensive lineman Rob Murphy sitting on the sidelines with an injury doesn't help either.
8. Saskatchewan Rough Riders
Bad, bad team.

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