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Safimod’s Power Rankings – Week 7

Published: Tuesday, Aug 8th 2017, 2:08pm

By Stephen Safinuk (@Safimod)

It’s been a few weeks since I last updated my “weekly” power rankings, but such is life. The past 3 weeks have given us a true look at who are the top teams in the CFL, and who are just hanging on for dear life at this point. Let’s see what we’ve got.

1.    Calgary (Up 2) – Calgary is once again the team to beat in the CFL. While they may not be #1 in the CFL standings, they are on a roll right now, and would be the one team nobody wants to face.

2.    Edmonton (Down 1) – 18 players on the injured list and the Eskimos keep finding ways to win. With all those injuries, this week versus Ottawa might be a better test for Edmonton, rather than that debacle of a team out in Hamilton

3.    BC (Down 1) – Honestly, can someone check Bryan Burnham’s hands for stick-em? He’s been making some great catches of late. The Lions were a great offensive team before the return of Chris Williams. Now, it’s just not fair. There are moments that BC scares me more than Edmonton to be honest.

4.    Winnipeg (Unchanged) – If Winnipeg could string four quarters together the way they have the last few minutes of each of their past 2 games, they could actually be a threat to compete in the Western division. Nothing about Winnipeg scares me, but they are ahead of the Eastern Division

5.    Saskatchewan (Up 2) – The up and down Rider season took a nose dive again this week, but they remain above the Eastern division at this point. There is something to be said about a 9-team league, rather than 2 divisions. Alas, as it stands, nobody can argue that the Riders are the bottom of the Western division right now. But I’d still take them against any team in the East (home or away)

6.    Toronto (Down 1) – With Ricky Ray now out 4-6 weeks, Toronto could see themselves fall down the standings but Cody Fajardo is a decent…wait, what? Ricky Ray is back leading walkthrough already? Oh – then Toronto will likely remain the team to beat in the East (because the East is absolute garbage)

7.    Montreal (Down 1) – Coming off a bye week, a refreshed Als team will need to string some wins together if they want to prove they are much more than moderately successful.

8.    Ottawa (Unchanged) – I don’t care how good of a 1-5-1 team you are, the fact remains. Ottawa keeps finding ways to crap the bed. They need to show that they can win, rather than grasp defeat from the jaws of victory. Once they do that, they may make a move up the rankings. Until then. They’ll join Hamilton in the basement.

9.    All teams in the CIS

10. Most High School teams

11. Several Pee Wee teams in Texas

12. The Atlantic Schooners

13. Hamilton (Down 3) – What more really needs to be said right now? Maybe the firing of Jeff Reinebold will be the gut shot the team needs to finally put a pro caliber roster on the field.

 

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