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Safimod’s Power Rankings – Week 10

Published: Monday, Aug 28th 2017, 2:08pm

By Stephen Safinuk (@Safimod)

1.    Calgary (Even) – Next up: Edmonton (7-2)

2.    Winnipeg (Up 1) – Next up: Saskatchewan (4-4)

3.    Saskatchewan (Up 1) – Next up: Winnipeg (7-2)

4.    Edmonton (Down 2) – Next up: Calgary (7-1-1)

5.    Ottawa (Up 2) – Next up: Montreal (3-6)

6.    BC (Even) – Next up: Bye Week

7.    Toronto (Down 2) – Next up: Hamilton (0-8)

8.    Montreal (Even) – Next up: Ottawa (3-6-1)

9.    Hamilton (Even) – Next up: Toronto (4-6)

Ho hum, Calgary is back at the top of the CFL standings. In other news, water is wet. CFL fans have grown accustomed to seeing the Stampeders atop the standings, and they are looking good on their way up to the top. Another solid defensive performance saw them give up 0 offensive points to the Toronto Argonauts.

Saskatchewan earned a ton of respect after handing Mike Reilly and the Eskimos their eviction notice on Friday. The one thing missing this season has been a dominant performance on the road. Not only did they succeed in that, but they did so against a tough Western Division rival. Huge statement for the Roughriders as we look towards the 2nd half of the season. They have now beaten BC and Edmonton by a combined score of 95-39. Having said that, BC is reeling and the Edmonton Eskimos are still a hurt group.

Winnipeg moves up to 2nd in the standings after yet another overtime win, this time over the Montreal Alouettes. This week’s labour day battle will go a long way to telling us exactly what kind of team Saskatchewan and Winnipeg are. During their 5 game winning streak, Winnipeg has beat Montreal twice, Ottawa, Hamilton and a beat-up Edmonton Eskimos. But, they don’t ask how, only how many, and Winnipeg now sits at 7-2 on the season. Regardless of how they are getting their wins, they are showing they are a team to beat in the Western Division.

Has Ottawa flipped a switch and realized they are actually allowed to win football games? Hold on tight, they almost through a 3-score lead away late versus BC, but they held on thanks to a key interception by Jonathon Newsome.

Ticat fans can take some solace in the fact that they only thing they lost last week was head coach Kent Austin, as June Jones takes over this week. How will they team respond? It’s crazy that at 0-8, they are still in contention for a playoff spot in the Eastern Division. They need to start rattling off wins, or their season is over.

 

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