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CFL Power Rankings Week 17: Argos and Bombers at the top

Publish Date:09/25/2023
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis

Power Rankings

There is a clear line between the best teams in the CFL this season. There are they top four, and then there is everybody else. Everybody else has significant issues in these power rankings.

9) Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The Ti-Cats lost their fourth straight game this season to Toronto, this time with a banged-up secondary and a third-string quarterback. The Argos sat 6 or 7 of their best players, though, so there is no real excuse for this performance by Hamilton.

8) Calgary Stampeders

Calgary lost at home to Montreal this past weekend as they continue to make the same mistakes repeatedly.

7) Ottawa Redblacks

Receiver Bralon Addison made his mark as a RedBlack in this win, scoring his maiden touchdown as an active member. At the same time, Siaosi Mariner, Dustin Crum and Tyrrell Pigrome also registered touchdowns to add some major scoring to their totals.

Crum completed 21 out of 27 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns, while Devonte Williams ran 22 times for 136 yards on 22 attempts.

6) Edmonton Elks

The Elks scored a major with under three minutes remaining to draw within six points and had an opportunity to go downfield for victory, but BC’s defense forced a turnover on downs, and kicker Sean Whyte extended BC’s lead back out to nine for victory.

5) Saskatchewan Roughriders

The Riders fell behind early. Despite the Roughriders scoring two touchdowns late in the contest, Ottawa was able to hang on for the 36-28 victory. The Riders are not very good at the moment, but they are this high because I think they are better than the others ranked beneath them, but not by much.

4) Montreal Alouettes

As they arrived at McMahon Stadium to face off against the Stamps, both teams were coming off recent wins: four straight for the Als and three out of four victories for Hamilton Tiger-Cats to narrow the gap for second place in their respective divisions.

That was why so much was at stake when Montreal found itself with an unexpected three-point advantage in the third quarter. Calgary decided to go for it on third down from three, with Jake Maier’s pass being intercepted by Dequoy for all momentum to switch in their favor.

3) BC Lions

The BC Lions secured their place in the Grey Cup playoffs with a 37-29 win over Edmonton Elks on Friday night.

The Elks had scored a major to close within six points with under three minutes remaining and were poised to take control. Fortunately, BC’s defense forced a turnover on downs and kicker Sean Whyte pushed their lead back out to nine for victory.

Pivot Vernon Adams Jr. and running back Taquan Mizzell both contributed two scores for the Leos to reach 10-4 and secure a post-season berth, as well as home playoff dates for Winnipeg Blue Bombers following Saskatchewan Roughriders loss to Ottawa REDBLACKS earlier in the day.

Video: CFL 2023 Recap: BC @ Edmonton - week 8

CFL 2023 Recap: BC @ Edmonton – week 8

2) Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Bombers had the week off.

1) Toronto Argonauts

The Argos held the Ticats to just four first half points and held them scoreless during the third quarter before surrendering ten total points in the fourth quarter.

Toronto was without many of their usual talents – such as healthy scratch AJ Ouellette – but those next in line stepped up big time to help secure victory and the season sweep against Hamilton.

Video: CFL 2023 Recap: Hamilton @ Toronto- week 16

CFL 2023 Recap: Hamilton @ Toronto- week 16

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