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CFL Week 14 Power Rankings: Playoffs Nearly Determined

1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Last Week: 1)

Coming off a Week 14 win against the Montreal Alouettes, the Blue Bombers remain in the top spot in the power rankings and now sit with a record of 11-1 with the West Division locked up.

Zach Collaros is still at the top of the league’s passing leaderboards in terms of both yards (3,112) and passing touchdowns (20), with quarterback Sean McGuire still in place as the league’s rushing touchdown leader (8). The Bombers have a few wide receivers near the top of the stat sheet, with receiver Kenny Lawler leading the group and currently sitting at 1st in the league in receiving yards (915) and 3rd in receiving touchdowns (6).

Defensively, Jackson Jeffcoat is 2nd in the league in sacks (9), with him and teammate Willie Jefferson still leading the league in forced fumbles. Jeffcoat currently has 4 forced fumbles on the season, with Jefferson racking up 3. In the secondary, defensive back Deaundre Alford is tied as the league leader in interceptions (4).

The Bombers will travel to Montreal in Week 15 for a rematch with the Alouettes.

2) Saskatchewan Roughriders (Last Week: 2)

The Riders are coming off a Week 14 win against the Edmonton Elks, which was probably a closer game than it should have been. The Riders hold onto the 2nd spot in the rankings and currently sit at 2nd place in the West Division with a record of 8-4.

Quarterback Cody Fajardo is now 3rd in the league in passing yards (2,725) and tied for 4th in passing touchdowns (11), also being 7th in rushing yards (446) and tied for 3rd in rushing touchdowns (4). Additionally, Running back William Powell is currently 4th in the league in rushing yards (674) and 6th in rushing touchdowns (3).

On the defensive side, Jonathan Woodard leagues the league in sacks (10), with teammate AC Leonard only one spot behind him (9), with defensive backs Nick Marshall and Ed Gainey as part of a large tie for 2nd in the league in interceptions (3).

The Roughriders are set to host a Week 15 rematch against the Edmonton Elks.

3) Toronto Argonauts (Last Week: 5)

The Argonauts are coming off a close Week 14 win against the Ottawa Redblacks and move up to the 3rd spot in the power rankings. They currently sit atop the East Division standings but have not officially clinched the Division yet.

Despite not beginning the season as the starter, quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson has worked his way to 5th in the league in passing yards (2,053) and is tied for 4th in the league in passing touchdowns (11). Wide receiver Ricky Collins Jr is currently 9th in the league in receiving yards (626), while receiver DaVaris Daniels is tied for 5th in the league in receiving touchdowns (4).

The highlight of their defense has been defensive lineman Shawn Oakman, who has racked up 6 sacks on the season, tieing him for 5th in the league in sacks.

The Toronto Argonauts are set to host a Week 15 matchup with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats that could play a pivotal role in determining who will win the East Division.

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

Coming off a Week 14 win against the BC Lions, the Ti-Cats move up to the 4th spot in the rankings and now sit at 2nd place in the East Division with a record of 7-5.

Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli ended the game having completed 19/26 passes (73.1% comp) for 258 yards and 1 touchdown, adding 2 runs for 18 yards. Running back Don Jackson would take 12 carries for 80 yards, adding 4 receptions for 56 yards, and Sean Thomas-Erlington would take 3 carries for 14 yards and 1 touchdown. On top of that, wide receiver Bandon Banks fished the game with 6 receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown of his own.

The Ti-Cats will travel to Toronto in Week 15 for a matchup against the Argonauts. This matchup should play a significant part in determining who will win the East Division.

5) Montreal Alouettes (Last Week: 4)

The Montreal Alouettes are coming off a Week 14 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and now sit at 3rd place in the East Division with a record of 6-6.

Quarterback Trevor Harris would get his first official start as an Alouette and ended the game having completed 14/25 passes (56.0% comp) for 177 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions, adding 1 rush for 5 yards. Additionally, running back William Stanback would take 16 carries for 106 yards, with the team’s touchdowns being scored by wide receivers Jake Wieneke and Reggie White Jr.

The Alouettes are set to host a Week 15 rematch against the Blue Bombers.

6) Calgary Stampeders (Last Week: 3)

The Stampeders are coming off a Week 14 bye and move down 3 spots in the rankings due to teams ahead of them clinching the playoffs.

With the only 2 games remaining for Calgary coming against the BC Lions, who are 2 games behind them, as well as the league’s best Winnipeg Blue Bombers, The Stamps still have a bit more work to do if they want to lock up the final playoff spot in the West.

The Stampeders will travel to BC in Week 15 for a matchup against the Lions.

7) BC Lions (Last Week: 7)

The BC Lions are coming off a loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, moving them to a record of 4-8, and sitting at 4th place in the West Division.

Quarterback Michael Reilly ended the game having completed 33/43 passes (76.7 comp) for 330 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception, also adding 8 rushes for 34 yards and 1 touchdown. Additionally, running back James Butler would take 14 carries for 51 yards and 1 touchdown, adding 6 receptions for 39 yards. Lucky Whitehead would lead the team in receiving yards, hauling in 9 receptions for 98 yards.

The BC Lions are set to host a Week 15 matchup against the Calgary Stampeders.

8) Edmonton Elks (Last Week: 8)

The Edmonton Elks are coming off a rough loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders that moves them to a record of 2-9, keeping them locked in at last place in the West Division.

Despite the loss and slow start to the game offensively, quarterback Taylor Cornelius would have a solid day. He ended the game having completed 21/35 passes (60% comp) for 322 yards and 2 touchdowns, adding 2 runs for 14 yards. Running back Walter Fletcher would take 14 carries for 74 yards, also hauling in 5 receptions for 66 yards. Both of the Elks touchdowns would come through the air from Cornelius to wide receiver Danny Vandervoort in the 4th quarter, but the team’s efforts wouldn’t be enough to pull off the win.

The Elks will travel to Saskatchewan in Week 15 for a rematch against the Roughriders, which will begin their string of 3 games in 7-days.

9) Ottawa Redblacks (Last Week: 9)

The Redblacks nearly won their Week 14 game against the Toronto Argonauts, but they couldn’t pull it off. Sitting at the bottom of the East Division with a record of 2-11, the season has been over for this team for a while now.

Quarterback Devlin Hodges got his first CFL start, and ended the game having completed 8/22 passes (36.4% comp) for 90 yards, also adding 4 rushes for 25 yards. Additionally, running back Timothy Flanders would take 14 carries for 95 yards, and the team’s only touchdowns would come on a short run by quarterback Caleb Evans, and a kick return touchdown by DeVonte Dedmon.

Ottawa will have a Week 15 bye, followed by a Week 16 matchup against the Montreal Alouettes. Their Week 16 game will be their final chance of the year to evaluate what they have to build on for next season.

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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