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CFL Week 13 Power Rankings: Argonauts & Roughriders Clinch Playoffs

1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Last Week: 1)

The Blue Bombers are coming off a Week 13 bye and currently sit with a record of 10-1. Additionally, they have clinched 1st place in the West Division, securing home-field advantage in the playoffs.

Quarterback Zach Collaros is the league leader in both passing yards (2,832) and passing touchdowns (18), with quarterback Sean McGuire leading the league in rushing touchdowns as he has for the majority of the season. On top of that, receiver Kenny Lawler is 2nd in the league in receiving yards (804) and 3rd in receiving touchdowns (6). The Bombers’ defense has been playing great as well, with defensive lineman Jackson Jeffcoat leading the league in sacks (9) as well as leading the league in forced fumbles (4). Teammate and fellow defensive lineman Willie Jefferson has also had an outstanding season, and is ranked 2nd in forced fumbles (3), right behind Jeffcoat on the leaderboards.

Winnipeg is set to host a Week 14 matchup against the Montreal Alouettes.

2) Saskatchewan Roughriders (Last Week: 2)

The Roughriders are coming off a Week 13 win against the Montreal Alouettes, which moves them to a 7-4 record on the year and secures them a spot in the playoffs.

Riders quarterback Cody Fajardo is currently 3rd in the league in passing yards (2,484) and tied for 4th in passing touchdowns (10). Additionally, Fajardo is 7th in the league in rushing yards (402) and 3rd in rushing touchdowns (4). The team’s running back, William Powell, is currently 4th in the league in rushing yards (628) and tied for 4th in rushing touchdowns (3). On the defensive side, defensive lineman Jonathan Woodard is tied as the league’s leader in sacks (9), and teammate A.C. Leonard is not too far behind him, tied for 4th in the league (7). The secondary has also had a great year, with defensive backs Nick Marshall and Ed Gainey each getting 3 interceptions on the season.

The Riders are set to travel to Edmonton in Week 14 for a matchup with the Elks.

3) Calgary Stampeders (Last Week: 3)

The Stampeders are coming off a Week 13 win against the Ottawa Redblacks, moving them to a 6-6 record and 3rd place in the West Divison.

Bo Levi Mitchell finished the game having completed 22/29 passes (75.9% Comp) for 242 yards, with backup Jake Maier adding to the lead late in the game with a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jorden Kamar. Additionally, Ka’Deem Carey would take 16 rushes for 103 yards and 1 touchdown, adding 4 receptions for 13 yards. The Stamps are looking like they may be one of the next teams to lock up a playoff spot, but it will be no easy task with their final games coming against the Blue Bombers and the Lions.

Calgary will have a Bye in Week 14, followed by a Week 15 matchup against the BC Lions.

4) Montreal Alouettes (Last Week: 4)

The Alouettes are coming off a Week 13 loss in a close game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, moving them to a 6-5 record on the year anD to 3rd place in the East Division.

Quarterback Trevor Harris saw his first action as an Alouette, ending the day having completed 12/15 passes (80% Comp) for 123 yards and 1 touchdown. Quarterback Matt Shiltz would also play a decent bit of the game, ending the day completing 7/13 passes (53.8% Comp) for 106 yards and 1 interception. Additionally, running back William Stanback would take 19 carries for 80 yards, and hauled in 4 receptions for 25 yards. The team’s only touchdown would come from wide receiver Eugene Lewis, who ended the day with 5 receptions for 54 yards and 1 touchdown.

The Alouettes will have a difficult matchup in Winnipeg in Week 14 against the Blue Bombers.

5) Toronto Argonauts (Last Week: 5)

The Argos are coming off a Week 13 overtime win against the BC Lions, moving them to a record of 7-4, and locking them up a spot in the playoffs.

McLeod Bethel-Thompson ended the day completing 23/37 passes (62.2% Comp) for 155 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception, adding 3 runs for 15 yards. Running back DJ Foster would lead the team in rushing, taking 9 carries for 65 yards, with running back John White adding 11 carries for 39 yards. Wide receiver DaVaris Daniels would score the team’s only touchdown through the air, ending the day with 6 receptions for 51 yards and 1 touchdown. Additionally, quarterback Antonio Pipkin would sneak in for a short rushing touchdown in overtime.

The Argonauts will travel to Ottawa in Week 14 for a matchup with the Redblacks.

6) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Last Week: 6)

Hamilton is coming off a dominant Week 13 win against the Elks, moving them to a 6-5 record on the year and 2nd place in the East Divison.

Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli had a phenomenal day against the Elks, ending the game having completed 17/24 passes (70.8% Comp) for 357 yards and 3 touchdowns, also running the ball 3 times for 26 yards. Running back Don Jackson would also have a great game, taking 16 carries for 120 yards and 1 touchdown. With upcoming games against the Roughriders, Argos, and Lions, securing a spot in the playoffs will not be easy, but it is still possible.

The Ti-Cats will host a Week 14 matchup against the BC Lions.

7) BC Lions (Last Week: 7)

The BC Lions are coming off an overtime loss to the Toronto Argonauts, moving them to a 4-7 record on the year and 4th place in the West Division.

Quarterback Michael Reilly ended that game having completed 20/38 passes (52.6% Comp) for 290 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception, also taking 4 carries for 5 yards. Three different receivers would find the endzone in Bryan Burnham, Dominique Rhymes, and Jacob Scarfone, and running back James Butler would end the day with 10 carries for 69 yards.

The Lions will travel to Hamilton in Week 14 for a matchup against the Tiger-Cats.

8) Edmonton Elks (Last Week: 8)

The Edmonton Elks are coming off a rough Week 13 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, keeping them locked in at last place in the West Division with a record of 2-8.

The Elks season is pretty much over, and this team should start looking for things to build on for next year. Quarterback Taylor Cornelius had a decent day but didn’t find the endzone, finishing the game having completed 19/33 passes (57.6% Comp) for 251 yards, also running the ball 3 times for 26 yards. Receiver Greg Ellingson would be the highlight of the offense, ending the game with 7 receptions for 101 yards. Both of their scores would come on short runs from quarterback Dakota Prukop. Overall, this team doesn’t look too much different than it did with Trevor Harris under center.

The Elks are set to host a Week 14 matchup against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

9) Ottawa Redblacks (Last Week: 9)

The Ottawa Redblacks are coming off a tough loss to the Calgary Stampeders, keeping them solidified at the bottom of the East Division standings with a record of 2-10.

The season is basically over for the Redblacks, and they are another team that should just be looking for things to build on for next season at this point. Quarterback Caleb Evans had a decent day, ending the game having completed 15/29 passes (51.7% Comp) for 173 yards and 1 touchdown, but it should be clear this team needs to add some pieces on both sides of the ball this offseason.

Ottawa will host a Week 14 matchup against the Toronto Argonauts.

Matt Lyons is a Writer/Contributor for XFL News Hub, USFL News Hub, & CFL News Hub, covering the XFL, USFL, ELF, and TSL since August of 2020.

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  1. John

    November 1, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    At this point of the season, it’s hard to understand why the Argos continue to be disrespected in the power rankings. What will the Grey Cup matchup be?

    Representing the West, Winnipeg. Neither Saskatchewan nor Calgary are going to Hamilton this December. Based on that fact, they should fall in the Power Rankings.

    In the East? If the Argos finish first in their division, (and with games against Ottawa and Edmonton left to play, you have to think they will), then I would argue that they ought to be favoured in the Eastern final considering they’ve been undefeated at BMO Field so far.

    So why aren’t the Argos ranked 2nd in the Power Rankings? Montreal without Vernon Adams isn’t a championship team.

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