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CFL Week 21 Power Rankings: No Change at Top

We’re moving into the final week of regular season CFL action this week. While most of the playoff picture is set, there is some small opportunity to jockey for position.

As we head to one final weekend where eight of the nine teams are playing, here’s a look at the latest power rankings:

CFL Week 21 Power Rankings: No Change at Top
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  1. Blue Bombers (14-3)

  • Last Week: 1

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are still holding onto the top spot but it’s understandable that there might be some debate over this. They are coming off a bye week and lost to the B.C. Lions 40-32 in their last game.

The truth is that the Bombers are just resting their best players right now and are gearing up for the Western Final on Nov. 13. It’s wild to think that it’s still quite a way away, so they can’t completely take their foot off the gas.

Or maybe they can? Those who bet online will have to be wary of rust when they are back to “trying” again.

Next: Friday vs BC Lions (11-5)

  1. Lions (12-5)

  • Last Week: 2

If you’ve been tracking the CFL odds recently, you’ve probably been a little nervous about the B.C. Lions. They had a couple of less-than-inspiring wins. Nonetheless, they’re now 12-5.

This week’s victory was a 31-14 triumph on the road against the four-win Edmonton Elks. Not much changes with their standing in the power rankings.

Next: Friday at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (14-3)

  1. Stampeders (11-6)

  • Last Week: 3

After a win, the Stamps are still just a game back of the B.C. Lions and in third place in the West. The good news is the Lions play the Blue Bombers (albeit their backups) this week.

Maybe Calgary can make up some ground?

The Stamps beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders last week but they’ve now seen a couple of shaky efforts from quarterback Jake Maier. Luckily, he and the Stamps are at home to the six-win Roughriders again this week, so that puts them in a position to win.

Next: Saturday vs Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-11)

  1. Argonauts (11-6)

  • Last Week: 4

The Argos are holding onto the top spot in the East, but they’re not exactly coming off the best of wins. They edged out the Montreal Alouettes 24-23 on the road.

With the win, the Argos have now clinched the top spot in the East, so that’s a feather in their cap. However, they would hope to show better than a one-point win when Trevor Harris throws for 413 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Next: Saturday vs Montreal Alouettes (8-9)

  1. Tiger-Cats (7-10)

  • Last Week: 6

The Ti-Cats are the hottest team in the CFL right now and they’re a team nobody will want to face in the playoffs on the Eastern side. They won again, making it three in a row to improve to 7-10.

Their wins continue to be tight, one-score squeakers, so it’s hard to have a ton of confidence just yet. They’re also just 1-7 on the road, which will likely come back to haunt them in the postseason.

Next: Friday at Ottawa Redblacks (4-13)

  1. Alouettes (8-9)

  • Last Week: 5

The Alouettes end up dropping a spot after a middling showing. They were a home dog in the sportsbook to the Argos, so they weren’t expected to win.

They made a game of it and lost 24-23, but it’s still a loss. The bottom line is this team’s long-term prospects don’t look great right now.

Maybe another strong showing against the Argos this week gives them confidence for what feels like an inevitable playoff matchup?

Next: Saturday at Toronto Argonauts (11-6)

  1. Roughriders (6-11)

  • Last Week: 7

The Roughriders saw the Ti-Cats win again, which doesn’t help their cause. And the Roughriders lost at home to the Calgary Stampeders, which hurt their cause doubly.

Now Saskatchewan is in a do-or-die situation facing the Stamps again, but this time on the road. It looks like their season is about to come to an end this weekend.

Next: Saturday at Calgary Stampeders (11-6)

  1. Redblacks (4-13)

  • Last Week: 8

The Ottawa Redblacks get to wind down their season at home this week. Is that a good thing, though? The Redblacks have yet to win a single game at home as they’re 0-8.

They can take solace in possibly getting on the board in this spot. The challenge is they’re up against a Ti-Cats team that’s won three in a row.

Next: Saturday vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7-10)

  1. Elks (4-14)

  • Last Week: 9

Edmonton’s miserable season is going to come to a conclusion this weekend. The main question is can the Elks send off their season with a respectable effort?

Spoiler alert: They will. That’s because they are on a bye week, so their season has already ended. They have lost by 17, five and 37 points in the last three weeks.

They’ve been a team to fade in the sportsbook, so bettors are going to miss out here.

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