After Week 10: CFL Power Rankings (Can Toronto Catch Winnipeg?)

Oh-Canada Oct 14, 2021

For the seventh consecutive week, the Winnipeg remains the undisputed class of the CFL, with the Toronto Argonauts as the only apparent threat to the Blue Bombers

The Canadian Football League completed Week 10 (and part of Week 11) of the 2021 regular season.  

Nothing's changed at the top.  It's all Winnipeg.  But the bottom of the standings got a serious shake up last weekend.  Poor Elks.  Worse than the RedBlacks.  Ouch!

Right now, 2021 remains very much the year of the Blue Bombers.  Winnipeg enjoys the CFL's best record, at 8-1.  However, Toronto might be rising as a serious threat.

Based on all the numbers, Winnipeg has pulled away from the other eight teams in the league and is making a mockery of the regular season.  Not only do the Blue Bombers have the league's most victories and remain undefeated at home, they also lead the CFL in scoring (offense) and rank first in the least number of points allowed (defense).  Winnipeg has been very stingy on defense, allowing just 110 points in 9 games.  The next best defensive team (Hamilton) has allowed 166 points.  

At 6-3, Toronto is viewed as a contender.  But how can a team that's given up more points than they've scored be anywhere near Winnipeg's class?  Note that Argonauts have surrendered 207 points, while scoring only 201.  However, Toronto is undefeated at home and has now won three straight.

Here's the current standings as of Wednesday night:

This brings us to this week's CFL Power Rankings.

What follows are the complete power rankings #1 through #9 according to 3DownNation website.  It's a surprise to see Calgary move from #6 all the way yp to #3.  Note the ranking from the previous week is also listed.

1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1)

Life is good when you’re on top and the Blue and Gold have been flexing in the No. 1 spot in the West Division for a while now. Winnipeg left a ton of points on the field at IG Field and still managed to beat Edmonton by 27 points. Wow. When’s the West Final?

2. Toronto Argonauts (2)

A last-second field goal from Boris Bede put the Boatmen firmly atop the East Division with a win over Hamilton. McLeod Bethel-Thompson is now 4-1 as the team’s starter, which is impressive considering he’s still not firmly entrenched as the No. 1 quarterback in The Six.

3. Calgary Stampeders (6)

The Stamps rocketed up three spots after another win over the Riders with this one coming in Regina. Dave Dickenson has capture the season series against his brother, but the clubs will meet for one final meeting in Week 12. West Division success — and brotherly bragging rights — will be on the line.

4. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (4)

A last-second loss to the Argos was enough to keep the Ticats from slipping down the power rankings, but a 4-5 record has moved the club into third-place in the East Division. Jeremiah Masoli finally recaptured his old form — he passed for 361 yards and two touchdowns — but it wasn’t enough to best the Double Blue.

5. Saskatchewan Roughriders (3)

Back-to-back losses to the Stamps have dropped the Green and White to the middle of the pack heading into their Week 11 bye. Now 5-4, the Riders need to come back with a vengeance for the final third of their season to book a home playoff game with B.C. and Calgary in hot pursuit.

6. B.C. Lions (5)

The Black and Orange slipped one spot while on bye but still sit at a solid 4-4 in the standings. Given the league’s current playoff picture, Calgary’s visit to BC Place Stadium on Saturday has become one of the most critical games of the season.

7. Montreal Alouettes (7)

The Larks’ last-minute win over Ottawa didn’t impress our voters much, particularly with Vernon Adams Jr. being taken off the field on a stretcher with a shoulder injury. Matthew Shiltz led an impressive game-winning drive, but he’s not a proven starter and it appears he’ll be leading the team for the foreseeable future.

8. Ottawa Redblacks (8)

Another loss has firmly planted the Redblacks at the bottom of the East Division, trailing Hamilton and Montreal by four points. Caleb Evans has breathed some new life into Ottawa’s offence but it doesn’t seem like he’ll have this team playoff-bound by the end of the regular season.

9. Edmonton Elks (9)

The Elks really put the ‘L’ in ‘Elks,’ don’t they? Taylor Cornelius will start this week’s game against Winnipeg despite Trevor Harris being perfectly healthy. That seems like a desperate move from a desperate team desperately trying to generate some offence.