Welcome back CFL Fans! Week 19 of the 2022 season is a wrap, and it’s time to recalculate the CFL Power Rankings for Week 20. @TheBrysh Power Rankings (PR’s) are calculated using a proprietary algorithm.
Week 19 Recap
@TheBrysh Power Rankings are also used to calculate weekly predictions; Week 19 predictions for @TheBrysh were 2/4, for a season total of 49/73 or 67% on straight up wins. As the season finale approaches, the matchups become more significant with playoff spots up for grabs. Teams have to decide between the benefit of resting 1st string players, or going for an extra win to improve their standings. @TheBrysh numbers are dialed in and the calculations have been made, lets see what’s in store.
MONTREAL ALLOUETTES @ OTTAWA REDBLACKS
The 7-8 Montreal Alouettes traveled to Ottawa to take on the 4-11 Redblacks. The Alouettes were hoping for a victory to clinch a playoff berth, while the Redblacks were theoretically alive for the post-season. Ottawa put a good fight with 271 yards passing and 2 TD’s, but Montreal battled back with a 2nd half burst that would put them on top 34-30. The Al’s have clinched a playoff spot, and is still in the chase for 1st in the East, while Ottawa is mathematically “alive”. Montreal remains in 6th, and Ottawa is still in 8th in the PR’s.
HAMILTON TIGER-CATS @ CALGARY STAMPEDERS
The 10-5 Calgary Stampeders hosted the 5-10 Hamilton Tiger-Cats at McMahon Stadium this week. Another game with playoff significance, the Stamps are in a “neck and neck” race for 2nd in the West, while the Tiger-Cats are holding on to the potential East Division spot. Calgary was a strong favourite in this match, and had beaten the Cats 33-30 in Hamilton at the beginning of the season. The Tiger-Cats capitalized on costly penalties and turnovers committed by the Stampeders, and came out with a 35-32 win in the last 2:00 of the game. The Stampeders are still 1st overall in the PR’s and Hamilton holds on to 5th.
TORONTO ARGONAUTS @ EDMONTON ELKS
A 15 game losing streak was something the 4-12 Edmonton Elks were hoping to behind themselves when they hosted the 9-6 Argonauts this week. The Argo’s were looking for a win, to bolster their hold on 1st in the East Division. A lackluster 1st Half had the Elks leading 16-6, and then things turned interesting in the 3rd Quarter when Edmonton QB Taylor Cornelius took a massive hit and was sidelined with concussion protocol. Toronto took advantage and outscored the Elks by 15 points in the 2nd Half and took the victory 28-23. Toronto is still in 3rd position, Edmonton remains in the 9th place cellar as they have most of the season.
WINNIPEG BLUE BLUE BOMBERS @ BC LIONS
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers already have 1st in the West Division locked up, so now you are asking, “Why aren’t the Bombers 1st in the PR’s now and forever?”. Winnipeg has no standings to improve with another win, therefore they are not as dangerous as Calgary or even Toronto. The Lions have a lot to gain from a win in this match, while they are in a “side-by-side” race for 2nd in the West. As expected, Bombers coach Mike O’Shea rested QB Zach Collaros as well as other starters. The Lions took advantage of the replacement personnel, as well as 3 missed Bombers field goals and 2 pick-six interceptions to take it 40-32. Winnipeg is still 2nd place in the PR’s and the Lions are 4th.
Written by: Jack Cameron @TheBrysh
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