Tuesday 25 October 2011

Power Poll (Week 17)

Two weeks left to go and still so much left to be decided. Only one team (Hamilton) knows where they will finish. The other five teams could all finish in multiple positions. That means teams will have something to play for... at least for one more week.

1. Edmonton Eskimos (Last Week 3)

Beating the Argos doesn't mean much, but the win gave the Eskimos sole possession of first place in the West, and they can secure the first-round bye with a win over BC in Week 18. If the Eskies play like they did for most of Friday's game against the Argonauts, first place will be theirs.

2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Last Week: 4)

Big, big win for the Bombers. Now all Winnipeg has to do is keep pace with the Als and they will be hosting either Montreal of Hamilton in the East Division Final. With their final two games against the Argos and Stamps, it is likely that Winnipeg will be getting the bye.

3. Montreal Alouettes (Last Week: 2)

Anthony Calvillo played perhaps the worst game of his professional career. Under 200 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions is not the stat line you expect to see next to his name. Montreal could have clinched the East Division with win, and now they have to hope Winnipeg stumbles if they want the East Division Final to be played at Olympic Stadium.

4. British Columbia Lions (Last Week: 1)

Their winning streak came to a screeching halt, they lost some more players to injury, and their all-world Kicker threw one of the worst passes in football history. It could not have gone any worse for the Lions than it did in Hamilton. But that all goes away if they beat Edmonton this week.

5. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Last Week: 5)

With the Cats being the lone playoff team that knows where they will finish, they have the unenviable task of deciding whether to rest players to get them fresh for the playoffs or play them to keep sharp. We'll see what they do, but with two winnable games to finish the season, a nice three-game winning streak could give the Cats the momentum they need to go on the road and upset a team or two.

6. Calgary Stampeders (Last Week: 6)

Drew Tate looked equal bits good and bad in his first start, which wasn't surprising. He'll get better as time goes on, and it will be interesting to see how he performs in his first road start against the Alouettes.

7. Toronto Argonauts (Last Week: 7)

Say what you want about the Argos, but they still have some fight left in them. They are going out there and giving it an honest effort. That should at least be encouraging to their fans.

8. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Last Week: 8)

Can someone tell me why Darian Durant is even dressed? He has a broken bone in his foot, and with the season over for the Riders, it is time to give some backups some playing time. Get Durant in civvies and begin the planning for 2012.

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