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Safimod’s Week 2 CFL Power Rankings

Published: Tuesday, Jun 13th 2023, 7:06pm

  • 1 – Winnipeg (1-0) LW: 1
  • 2 – Toronto (0-0) LW: 3
  • 3 – BC (1-0) LW: 5
  • 4 – Hamilton (0-1) LW: 2
  • 5 – Saskatchewan (1-0) LW: 4
  • 6 – Montreal (1-0) LW: 8
  • 7 – Calgary (0-1) LW: 6
  • 8 – Ottawa (0-1) LW: 7
  • 9 – Edmonton (0-1) LW: 9

Winnipeg gave me no reason to drop them out of the number 1 spot in their week 1 win versus Hamilton. While the game had no business being close, they did let their foot off the gas defensively and it almost cost them. We will see if that becomes a trend this year.

Toronto moves up to the #2 spot despite not having played a game yet this year, mostly due to Hamilton moving down the rankings. The addition of Jamal Peters back in to their secondary is good news for the defending champs.

BC moves up to #3 after a convincing win versus the Calgary Stampeders in week 1. Vernon Adams picked up right where Nathan Rourke left off, throwing for 300 yards and a pair of TDs to Dominique Rhymes.

Hamilton drops down from the 2 spot to #4 this week. While they do get a little credit for playing the clear #1 team, they came out of the gate cold and it ended up costing them. Bo Levi Mitchell looked rusty in his Ticats debut. We will see if they bounce back this week versus Hamilton.

Despite a win, Saskatchewan drops down to #5 in the rankings this week. In standings, they don’t ask how, just how many. In power rankings, the how is more important. Their offense looked out of sync for much of the game. An injury to Trevor Harris on the 2nd last play of the game could prove costly with the Blue Bombers up in week 2.

Montreal moves up a couple spots from 8 to 6 after their win versus Montreal. They did enough to win, but their offensive line (and Cody Fajardo) are going to need to do a better job going forwards. 6 sacks against is not a good start to the season.

Calgary moves from 6 to 7 after their performance versus BC in week 1. Kristina Costibile with the CFL said it best… Jake Maier ain’t it. He’s going to have to show us more if Calgary wants to avoid a long season.

What more can be said at this point about the Ottawa REDBLACKS. Their team couldn’t find the endzone to save their lives, relying on 4 field goals by Lewis Ward for all of their points in week 1. That might keep it close against the bottom half of the league, but they are going to have issues all season long if they can’t turn some of those drives into majors.

Edmonton lost their 18th consecutive home game on Sunday vs Saskatchewan. They will only go as far as Taylor Cornelius will carry them, and thus far that doesn’t look like it would be much of a distance at all. Cornelius was inaccurate all day versus the Riders. The recipe to beat Edmonton is simple. Contain Cornelius and make him beat you with his arm.




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