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CFL Week 14 Power Rankings: The Second-Half Comeback?

Once-Moribund Team Flies Up the Rankings

The Ottawa Redblacks are making a strong case that you can never count any team out. After being on life support for the first half of the season, Ottawa has roared to two straight victories with their Labor Day Classic Weekend win over Montreal being their most impressive yet. With Ottawa making a run, how are the CFL football betting odds shaping out this week?

Where CFL Teams Stand Heading To Week 14

Ottawa’s streak has shaken up the online sports betting lines as they shoot up this week’s Power Rankings. But beyond the Redblacks, not much has changed…

Alex Singleton #49 of the Calgary Stampeders pumps up the crowd while playing against the Ottawa Redblacks
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1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11-1)

  • Last Week: 1

The Blue Bombers put together another nail-biting victory last Sunday. This one felt sweeter as they clinched a playoff spot by beating their bitter rivals on their own turf. Winnipeg once again used its immovable defense to remain peerless this season. They get to beat Saskatchewan again in this week’s Banjo Bowl.

Next Game: vs Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-6)

2. Calgary Stampeders (7-4)

  • Last Week: 2

After being awkwardly promoted to this second spot last week, the Stampeders cement their position by handling business against Edmonton. They move in to sweep Edmonton this week and would owe half of their wins against their northern rivals.

Next Game: at Edmonton Elks (3-9)

3. Toronto Argonauts (6-5)

  • Last Week: 4

Toronto continues to move up and down the Power Rankings. This team finally showed out with a blowout against Hamilton. The Argonauts rode a 17-point fourth quarter and snapped a seven-year Labor Day Classic drought. The team now gets a chance to win three straight for the first time all season as they visit the surging Redblacks.

Next Game: at Ottawa Redblacks (3-8)

4. Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-6)

  • Last Week: 3

Cody Fajardo was not bad for Saskatchewan. But when push came to shove, he threw a costly pick and could not move the chains against Winnipeg. The Roughriders have now lost five of their last seven games and now rematch Winnipeg as sizable underdogs as they won the Banjo Bowl just once in their last six attempts.

Next Game: at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11-1)

5. BC Lions (8-2)

  • Last Week: 5

The Lions enjoyed a nice bye during this Labor Day Weekend. The team looks to revitalize its season with Vernon Adams, who could have a mini-renaissance in BC. If Adams proves more than capable, BC should be ready to contend yet again.

Next Game: at Montreal Alouettes (4-7)

6. Ottawa Redblacks (3-8)

  • Last Week: 8

Hopefully, you bet online for Ottawa and not against them as we have as the team improved to 5-1 against the spread (ATS) on the road. With Montreal and Hamilton facing the CFL’s top two teams for their next games, Ottawa has a realistic shot at being second in the division.

Next Game: vs Toronto Argonauts (6-5)

7. Montreal Alouettes (4-7)

  • Last Week: 6

Maybe the bye week killed Montreal’s momentum. But costly turnovers, namely from quarterback Trevor Harris, prevented Montreal from gaining any kind of rhythm. Montreal gets a chance to rebound by welcoming back their old QB this week.

Next Game: vs BC Lions (8-2)

8. Edmonton Elks (3-9)

  • Last Week: 9

Saturday’s game against Calgary may as well be the Grey Cup for Edmonton. The Elks can avoid getting swept by Calgary while snapping its 13-game home losing streak. But the online odds aren’t optimistic as Edmonton opens as 9½-point underdogs.

Next Game: vs Calgary Stampeders (7-4)

9. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (3-9)

  • Last Week: 7

Hamilton has hit rock bottom. This team is stuck without a stable quarterback as neither Jalen Morton nor Jamie Newman did much against Toronto. Three of Hamilton’s last six games are also against western teams, which they are 0-5 against.

Next Game: vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11-1) (Week 15)

 

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