Safimod’s 2018 Power Rankings – Week 12
Published: Tuesday, Sep 4th 2018, 4:09pm
By: Stephen Safinuk (@Safimod)
1 – Calgary (9-1)
2 – Saskatchewan (6-4)
3 – Edmonton (6-5)
4 – Hamilton (5-5)
5 – Ottawa (6-4)
6 – Winnipeg (5-6)
7 – Montreal (3-8)
8 – Toronto (3-7)
9 – BC (3-6)
This is not a drill, folks. The Montreal Alouettes have now won two straight games and are right back in the thick of the Eastern Division playoff race, only 2.5 games back of the Ticats for a home playoff game. They have a bye week coming up before heading into a must win game at home to BC. Win that game, and they have a legitimate shot at the playoffs. Don’t write them off yet, folks.
The Calgary Stampeders are very close to clinching another playoff spot, with a 9-1 record through 10 games. If they don’t already clinch one with a win next week, that clinching is inevitable in the next few weeks. With their win over Edmonton, the Western Final is almost assuredly set to go through McMahon Stadium. The win was costly though, as Kamar Jorden went down with a knee injury. Edmonton suffered a key injury to WR Derel Walker as well, which could have a major effect on their offense coming down the stretch. Next week’s 2nd half of the Western Division home and home is big for all 4 teams involved.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are now the hottest team in the CFL. Fresh off yet another Labour Day victory, the Riders now sit at 6-4 and in position for a home playoff game. For the first time all season, they managed 3 offensive touchdowns. Their defense and special teams still carried the show, but the offense yet again got the first downs needed late in the 4th quarter to seal the victory.
Don’t look now, Ottawa, but the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are right on your tail after their 42-28 victory over the Argos in Hamilton on Monday. Combined with Ottawa’s loss to Montreal, the Ticats are only 1 game back of 1st place in the Eastern Division. Ottawa has to be the most inconsistent team in the CFL in 2018. One week, they look like world beaters and the next, they look awful. If they can play a consistent 60 minutes of football, they are hard to beat, but they need to get that figured out soon, or they may be looking up at Hamilton before too long.
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