THE CANADIAN FOOTBALL COUNTDOWN CFL POWER RANKINGS-WEEK 6
1) Calgary Stampeders (5-0)- What is left to say about this team? They are very very good. First real test though comes this week against Saskatchewan.
2) Ottawa Redblacks (3-2)- So far this year against any team not named the Stampeders, they are undefeated. Ottawa is the best in the East. Lots of division games coming; starts this week against Hamilton.
3) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (3-3)- All out domination last week at Toronto. FOUR points allowed defensively in the game. Defensive stats improving as a team. Nichols and Co rounding into form on offense. Can’t wait to see Kenbrell Thompkins in action this week, should he start in the departed Adarius Bowman’s old spot.
4) Edmonton Eskimos (3-2)- Duke Williams, Mike Reilly and others have this offence going fairly consistently. The only thing holding me back from putting Edmonton higher in the rankings is the defensive uncertainty. Let’s see how they respond coming out of the bye into a fairly favourable next month of their schedule.
5) Saskatchewan Roughriders (3-2)- The second half of their game last week against Hamilton is exactly what they have been searching for. Their the inverse of the Eskimos: Have found defensive consistency, but continue to have uncertainty on offense. Should be a heck of a defensive duel with Calgary this week.
6) BC Lions (2-3)- Good news? Lulay seems to be the answer at QB, having performed well in 2 consecutive starts. Bad news? It seems the injuries are piling up. Jordan Herdman had a great game filling in for the injured Solomon Elimimian, and could be the heir apparent or closest possibility to the Elimimian, Bighill combo we used to see in BC. In all honesty, the more I watch this team, the more I see them having crossover at the most written on them- I don’t see them having the pieces to make a Grey Cup run this season.
7) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2-3)- These back to back losses to Saskatchewan are a huge blow to their record. I believe they have won the Manziel trade with the package they got which will help them improve for sure. My only concern is under 10 second half points combined in the two games against the Riders. Someone try some half-time adjustments?
8) Toronto Argonauts (1-4)- Last week against the Bombers was the low point of the season for the Argos. The team got both touchdowns from the defensive unit. Have yet to surpass 20 points scored in any game in 2018. Questions at running back this week, after James Wilder Jr. and Dexter McCluster both went down in practice, don’t help things. Defense is fighting to keep this team in games. Trestman is being challenged as a coach for the first time in his CFL career.
9) Montreal Alouettes (1-4)-Desperate times call for desperate measures…. Manziel needs to win games ASAP. Sounds like Kavis Reed took a swing at saving his job. Can’t win many games if you don’t have a QB. If this doesn’t pan out and Kavis is removed, does anyone want the job with no first round pick until 2022?