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Safimod’s 2018 Power Rankings – Week 11

Published: Monday, Aug 27th 2018, 4:08pm

By: Stephen Safinuk (@Safimod)

1 – Calgary (8-1)

2 – Edmonton (6-4)

3 – Saskatchewan (5-4)

4 – Ottawa (6-3)

5 – Winnipeg (5-5)

6 – Hamilton (4-5)

7 – Toronto (3-6)

8 – BC (3-6)

9 – Montreal (2-8)

 

Calgary jumped right back in to their winning ways with a dominating 39-26 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday. While the game was close for a while, Calgary put the game away. Winnipeg couldn’t get anything going offensively in the 2nd half. Their offense will need to find a groove soon, as they are going up against another top defense in their back to back games versus the surging Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Speaking of those Riders, they followed up their solid showing versus Calgary with another win over the previously undefeated at home BC Lions. Nick Marshall with yet another touchdown (his team leading 4th) to push his name up the “rookie of the year” leaderboard. While the Riders offense got some momentum in the first half, their defense had to shut it down in the 2nd when the offense stalled. The Riders defense allowed only 3 points in the final 2 quarters en route to a 24-21 win.

Toronto fell down again, after losing to the Montreal Alouettes on the weekend. Antonio Pipkin showed he deserves another start after throwing for over 300 yards and rushing for a pair of touchdowns. We will find out this week if the Als coaching staff/ownership care more about winning, or putting butts in the seats.

Toronto had issues moving the ball on the ground, with James Wilder Jr getting the ball only 9 times for 29 yards. If that Argos want to get out of their spot near the basement of the CFL standings, they are going to need to get their run game going. They will get more help in their air attack, with the team announcing the signing of Duron Carter on Sunday night. If Trestman and company can keep Duron Carter’s head in the right place, their offense just got a lot better. If he becomes a distraction, they could be in for a long, long season.

With labour day weekend coming up, things are starting to get really interesting in the CFL standings. This weekend will tell us a lot about which teams are contenders, and which are pretenders.

 

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