THE CANADIAN FOOTBALL COUNTDOWN CFL POWER RANKINGS- WEEK 4
- Calgary Stampeders (3-0) (1) – A+ performance from this crew through 3 games. Defense has been stellar, possibly even better than last year. One negative: maybe a little more offence would throw this team over the top.
- Ottawa REDBLACKS (2-1) (3)– With the win over Montreal they improve to 2-1 on the season. One tiny hiccup: the game against Calgary in Week 3. The good news is they have a chance to make up for that this week as the Stampeders come to town for a rematch. Book on a rebound against Calgary this week.
- Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2-2) (2)– 2-2 and rounding into form? YES. Proven leader in Matt Nichols returned last week and seemingly motivated everyone on all sides of the ball. Look for it to continue as they play BC again this week, however history doesn’t favour a home-and-home sweep, so that may not be an easy task.
- Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2-2) (5) – Really good game last week, only problem is it resulted in a loss. Play like they did last week, they win more games than not.
- Edmonton Eskimos- (2-2) (6)– Injuries on defence the only thing holding back this team as far as I am concerned. However the following recipe seems pretty successful to beat the Eskimos: get pressure, pressure and more pressure on Mike Reilly. At the end of the day, the Eskimos will be fine provided they get healthy.
- Toronto Argos (1-2) (8)- The Argos picked up a big win at home, their first win of the year, lead by strong play from a pair of guys named James- QB James Franklin and RB James Wilder Jr. Very, very impressive. Only negatives last week were the non-stop horns on the TV broadcast. Oh, and where are the fans???
- Saskatchewan Roughriders (2-2) (7)– Up and down and side to side, this team plays like a rollercoaster and a game of musical chairs at QB. At some point you need to pick one and run with it. Defence to the rescue again with another strong performance, and offense comes up with a timely late TD. AKA a Chris Jones type win.
- BC Lions (1-2) (4)- Really discouraging performance again for BC. The good news is, a rematch against the Bombers gives them a chance to bounce back and avenge it. The problem might be the Bombers licking their chops to play you again. One word sums up what I am looking for from BC this week… RESPONSE
- Montreal Alouettes (1-3) (9)– The good news is they won a game, the bad news is it’s back to square one this week. Need some answers soon. I think this defense is a little worse than we thought they would be. Need more balance ASAP.
Writer’s Note– First bracket indicates teams record, second set of brackets beside the record indicates last weeks position in the Canadian Football Countdown Power Rankings.
Each week Michael Gerl, one of the hosts of The Canadian Football Countdown, provides his CFL Power Rankings based on what he saw from each of the teams. Agree or Disagree with his rankings? Let us know on Twitter at @CFConMikeFM.