Sunday, October 30, 2011

Crunch time in the CFL

With just one week left in the 2011 Canadian Football League season, five of the league's eight teams have the same record, the playoff picture is a jumble, the bottom-feeders aren't going down without a fight and all four games this week are critical.

So, buckle up and get ready for an exciting finish to the regular season.

Here are this week's power rankings (with last week's ranking in parentheses):

  1. British Columbia (3), 10-7. They're back! On top of the power rankings, that is. Nine wins over their past 10 games plus ownership of all tiebreakers have the Lions in line to win the west. Week 19 vs Montreal.
  2. Edmonton (1), 10-7. Yes, they lost to the Lions, but the Esks still have a chance to be division champs or to host a divisional semifinal. Week 19 vs Saskatchewan.
  3. Calgary (5), 10-7. That's two wins in two starts for quarterback Drew Tate. Week 19 vs Winnipeg.
  4. Montreal (4), 10-7. That's two losses in a row for the Alouettes, who do not own the tiebreaker against Winnipeg in the battle for eastern supremacy. Week 19 at British Columbia.
  5. Winnipeg (2), 10-7. You cannot, cannot, cannot lose a home game late in the season to a bad team. The Blue Bombers also have dropped four of their last six games. Week 19 at Calgary.
  6. Toronto (7), 5-12. It probably comes too late to save Jim Barker's job but give the Argos credit for winning and playing hard down the stretch. Week 19 vs Hamilton.
  7. Hamilton (6), 8-9. The TiCats had one of the most dismal performances this season of any CFL team in a loss at Saskatchewan. Momentum heading into the playoffs? Forget it. Week 19 at Toronto.
  8. Saskatchewan (8), 5-12. They didn't roll over against Hamilton. Will they against Edmonton? Week 19 at Edmonton.

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