CFL Power Rankings Week 16: Stampeders remain class of the league

Heading into the 16th week of the CFL season, the once-undefeated Edmonton Eskimos have lost six straight while the Montreal Alouettes aren’t much better dropping seven consecutive games. Calgary is still the class of the league.

Here’s how the league’s nine teams stack up based on recent form.

Rank Team

Missing four all-stars on offence the Stampeders still beat Montreal by 48. The game showed the stark contrast between the best team in the league to the worst. Calgary can get healthy as it has a bye week before playing the league’s second-worst team, Hamilton on Oct. 13.

2017 record: 12-1-1

Previous: 1


The Bombers have won eight of their last nine games and look like the only team that can push Calgary. Winnipeg needs just two wins in its remaining five games to clinch second in the uber-competitive West.

2017 record:10-3

Previous: 2


The Riders scored 18 unanswered to come back and win over Ottawa with a Josh Bartel single sealing the win. The Riders will now stay in Ontario until they face the Argonauts at BMO Field on Oct. 7.

2017 record: 7-6

Previous: 3


Toronto has a stranglehold on the East with the tiebreaker on all Eastern teams. Now the Argos’ schedule gets tough as their remaining four games are all against the West.

2017 record:7-7

Previous: 5


The Eskimos are riding a six-game losing streak. They’ve failed to have a lead at the end of the first quarter in all six of those games. The only good news is they face Montreal on Thanksgiving which is playing equally as bad.

2017 record: 7-6

Previous: 4


The Lions are coming off a bye and now get to host the struggling Redblacks on Saturday. The Lions are just 2-5 in their own division so in order to get out of last in the West and qualify for the post-season they’ll have to continue to feast on the East.

2017 record: 6-7

Previous: 6


Ryan Lindley is 0-2 as the Redblacks starter and has yet to throw for over 200 yards in a game. Ottawa has two bye weeks coming up to end the season which means they should enter the post-season fresh, if they manage to get there.

2017 record: 5-9-1

Previous: 7


Hamilton gave up a 14-point fourth-quarter lead against Toronto that might be the final nail in the Tiger-Cats’ playoff coffin. They have two games in hand on Ottawa so they could catch Ottawa for second place. Hamilton and Ottawa losing last week all but guarantees the third-place East playoff spot will be filled by a crossover Western team.

2017 record: 3-10

Previous: 8


Montreal has lost seven straight, six of which by double digits. Montreal was once the model franchise in the CFL East. Now it’s going to miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
2017 record: 3-11

Previous: 9