1.) Calgary Stampeders
After taking over the top spot in our rankings last week, the Calgary Stampeders showed no signs of slowing down what so ever. Bo-Levi Mitchell was his efficient self, throwing for over 300-yards, and even a five field goal night by Rene Parades in what was a solid wire-to-wire win over Saskatchewan to keep themselves in the top spot in the rankings.
2.) B.C. Lions
Also impressive this past week was the play of the B.C. Lions, bouncing back from a tough loss the previous week versus Calgary. Johnathon Jennings completed 84% of his passes for 331-yards in the air and he spread the ball around well, three receivers had over five receptions each. B.C. showed finishing ability this past week, shutting Montreal out 15-0 in the final quarter of their game to valut themselves into the two spot in our rankings, and one point out of first in the Western Division.
3.) Ottawa Redblacks
Slowly but surely the Redblacks are inching their way back up the rankings. The Redblacks were able to show their fighting spirit in picking up a huge win versus the defending champion Eskimos. Even when faced with a fourth quarter deficit, the Redblacks never faltered on offense as an outspoken Henry Burris led his team down the field for what eventually became a game winning field goal to put the Redblacks into the third overall spot in the rankings.
4.) Toronto Argonauts
Despite not playing this week, the Argonauts still sit in the second place spot out East, and only one point out of first to hold the fourth overall spot in the rankings.
5.) Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Despite a rough start to the season, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have certainly turned things around as of late. After the switch to Matt Nichols at quarterback, the Blue Bombers haven’t lost. Even after a lengthy rain delay, the Blue Bombers raced out to a big lead and held it versus a hapless Tiger-Cats squad. With play like this, the Blue Bombers keep on rising up our power rankings into the fifth position.
6.) Edmonton Eskimos
Another week, another loss for the defending champions. In what is now their third consecutive loss, the troubling play continued for the Eskimos. They only held the lead for a very short stretch in the fourth quarter. Once again, the defense couldn’t hold up late as the Redblacks were able to get into field position to pick up the win on a late field goal by Chris Milo. Once again, late game defense has been an issue for the Eskimos, and their struggles will certainly continue. They could possibly find themselves sliding even lower in the rankings.
7.) Montreal Alouettes
Despite keeping the game close for three quarters, the Alouettes fell apart as a team in the fourth against the B.C. Lions, getting outscored 15-0 en route to yet another frustrating loss for the Alouettes. Worth noting however is that Duron Carter continues to be an offensive threat, having his third consecutive game with at least 100 receiving yards as one of the few bright spots on a struggling Montreal offense.
8.) Saskatchewan Roughriders
A return to the sidelines by Darian Durant wasn’t enough to help the Roughriders pick up their second win of the 2016 campaign as the Roughriders were outclassed by a stellar Calgary team. They were able to keep things close throughout most of the game but faltered late, giving up 16 unanswered points to complete yet another frustrating loss. At 1-5, the Roughriders are still on pace with the 2003 Hamilton Tiger-Cats for worst regular season record ever (1-18) in what continues to be a trying season out in Regina.
9.) Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Not much needs to be said about this past week’s game against the Bombers for Hamilton. They had pretty much clinched this spot in the rankings by half-time. Trailing 34-0 with only 78-passing yards at the intermission told the tale of an embarrassing 37-11 drubbing at the hands of the Blue Bombers, in what some would call one of Hamilton’s worst games in years. The Tiger-Cats looked a step behind for much of the night and deservedly take the bottom spot in the rankings this week.