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Safimod’s Power Rankings- Week 4

Published: Monday, Jul 17th 2017, 2:07pm

By Stephen Safinuk (@Safimod)

Another week of CFL football, and 3 more games decided by a touchdown or less. This year, the league is truly seeing parity across the board. While the West still appears to be the stronger division, the teams within each division aren’t as far spread as they once were. Let’s take a look at who moved up/down the Safimod Power Rankings this week:

1.    Edmonton (LW – 1) The only undefeated team left in the CFL. Brandon Zylstra is quickly making fans in Edmonton forget about Derel Walker, with another solid game for the Green and Gold.

2.    BC (LW – 3) Wonder what would happen if Jonathon Jennings got hurt, and the team had to rely on Travis Lulay? Well, wonder no more as the Lions rolled over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on the back of a CFL record 436 yards off the bench from Lulay. Bryan Burnham had easily the catch of the year so far.

3.    Calgary (LW – 2) For the first time in a long time, the Calgary Stampeders have lost in the regular season. Anyone else surprised that their loss came to a Darian Durant lead Als team? An early ejection of Jerome Messam may have played a factor in that game. This Saturday’s game versus Saskatchewan will be interesting, as the Stamps are no longer invincible in the regular season.

4.    Winnipeg (LW – 5) – The Blue Bombers had a bounce back game with a win to the East Division leading Toronto Argos. Led, as usual, by Canadian RB Andrew Harris, the Bombers offense looked better. On the flip side, their special teams coverage looked positively atrocious. They gave up a punt return touchdown, a kick return touchdown (that was called back), and several long punt returns. They will need to shore that area up if they want to contend in a tough West Division

5.    Toronto (LW – 4) – Martese Jackson… What more needs to be said? Between him and kicker Lirim Sneezesound (6 for 6), this game wouldn’t have been close. One of these weeks, Toronto is going to learn to hold on to the ball in the end zone, but this week was not that week

6.    Montreal (LW – 8) – The Als managed to do what only they have done since opening week of last season. Beat the Calgary Stampeders in the regular season. And this time, they did it with Bo Levi under center for the Stamps. An early week matchup with the winless REDBLACKS is next.

7.    Saskatchewan (LW – 6) – I hate dropping teams during their bye week, but the Als deserved to move up a couple spots.

8.    Ottawa (LW – 7) – The reigning champs put up a good fight against the #1 team in the league right now, but as usual, a couple of blunders were the difference. Ottawa had all the momentum, until a failed lateral pass flipped the script. In the midst of a tough schedule, the REDBLACKS need to remember how to win if they don’t want to fall back in the standings

9.     Hamilton (LW – 9) – What else can you say that hasn’t been said? Teams will be lining up to take Mike Reilly in fantasy this week, as the Tiger-Cats defense can’t seem to get out of their own way. They have given up 436, 380 and 506 passing yards in their games so far this season. I’d like to say “things will get better Ti-Cats fans”…but first, your team has to give me some semblance of hope for a better outing.

 

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