The nail-biting, last-second finish between Toronto and Hamilton was hardly a harbinger of things to come on Thanksgiving weekend, which saw three of the season’s biggest blowouts, back to back to back! We now have a logjam out east, where three teams sit at 6-8, though only two will probably make the playoffs. That said, I’d take either the Argos, Ti-Cats or Als over the Riders, with the way things are going in Regina right now…
Last Week’s Rankings
1. Calgary Stampeders (12-2) Last Week: 1. Idle Calgary got to enjoy its Thanksgiving turkey with a bye this week. With the rest of their games either against the Bombers or the Riders, it’ll only feel like they’ve got a bye from now until mid-November. ;)
2. Edmonton Eskimos (10-5) Last Week: 3. The Esks asserted themselves as second best in the West this past weekend. By blowing out the lowly Bombers, Edmonton has guaranteed itself a playoff spot–not bad for a team that won four games all of last season!
3. B.C. Lions (8-7) Last Week: 5. The Lions also laid a lickin’ on their Week 16 opposition. And even though they were facing the lowly REDBLACKS!!!!, their 41-3 win was still good enough to move the team up a couple spots in these rankings.
4. Montreal Alouettes (6-8) Last Week: 7. The Als put forth their most impressive offensive effort of the season on Anthony Calvillo Day. Methinks they might wanna leave that 13-yard marker on the field for the rest of their remaining home games…
5. Toronto Argonauts (6-8) Last Week: 6. Although all the other games were blowouts, perhaps the most impressive performance of Week 16 was put in by the Argos, who erased a 30-13 deficit with a 21-point fourth quarter, including a game-winning TD with just over a minute left. Offensive MOP of the week goes to Ricky Ray, hands down, who completed 74 per cent of his passes for 431 yards(!) and three TDs–including the game-winning tally. Don’t look now, but the Argos have won three in a row, and are very much in the thick of things in the Least Division.
6. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6-8) Last Week: 2. In this case, losing by one point drops the Ti-Cats four spots in the standings, as the rest of the East (aside from its perennial doormat) caught up to them this week. It’s worth noting that for all their success at Tim Hortons Field, the Tabbies are just 1-6 on the road this season–something to keep in mind come playoff time.
7. Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-6) Last Week: 4. With nine wins on the season, the Riders have pretty much assured themselves of at least the crossover spot. Without any inter-conference games left on the schedule, it’s highly unlikely that Montreal, Toronto and Hamilton all win three of their last four contests–only the TiCats play Ottawa more than once. That being said, if this afternoon’s result was any indication, the Riders should be an easy pushover for whoever finishes second in the Least…unless they somehow manage to find a quarterback between now and November. (Hint: Kerry Joseph is not the answer. This is 2014, not 2004!)
Last (tied): Ottawa REDBLACKS!!!!! (2-12) Last Week: 8 AND Loseapeg Blue Bombers (6-9) Last Week: 9. Between the two of them, Winnipeg and Ottawa lost by a combined score of 82-12 last weekend. And don’t think the Bombers’ three second-half field goals give them any advantage over Ottawa, either. These are the two teams that won’t be making the playoffs this season–it’s just a matter of seeing who else will join them on the sidelines.
OK, so you’ll just hafta picture him in a REDBLACKS!!!! jersey…