Welcome back CFL Fans! Week 21 of 2022 is behind us and the regular season is complete, now it’s time to calculate the CFL Power Rankings for the Post-Season. @TheBrysh Power Rankings (PR’s) are calculated using a proprietary algorithm. @TheBrysh Power Rankings are also used to calculate weekly predictions; Week 21 predictions for @TheBrysh were 3/4, for a regular season total of 56/81 or 69% on straight up wins. ***Spoiler Alert: The Edmonton Elks finish the season at 9th in the PR’s***
WEEK 21: RECAP
@TheBrysh will continue to calculate the Power Rankings during the Post-Season, however teams that are eliminated will not be included.
BC LIONS @ WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers started the 2022 season at the Pole Position, and it is no surprise that they finish at 1st in the CFL Power Rankings entering the Post-Season. A win in the final game of the season was not a necessity for the Bombers as they had already clinched the division crown, but there was a franchise record on the line with a 15th victory. Winnipeg would deliver with a solid 24-9 win over the more than capable BC Lions team.
BC Lions QB Nathan Rourke was able to gain the exposure of 3 offensive series’ in the game, this should give him a “boost” in their semi-final game against the Calgary Stampeders. Canadian star QB Rourke had been out of circulation since suffering a foot injury on August 19th. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers regained 1st place, while the Lions held on to 3rd in the CFL PR’s.
MONTREAL ALOUETTES @ TORONTO ARGONAUTS
As with the previous game, the Toronto Argonauts had already clinched the East Division crown and home field in the Finals. Likewise, Montreal had secured 2nd place in the East and home field in the Semi-Finals. Both teams were in a protective mode, as expected QB’s Trevor Harris and McLeod Bethel-Thompson sat out for the Al’s and Argo’s respectively.
The fans would be treated to an aerial display of over 500 yards of passing, despite both teams starting backup QB’s: Dominique Davis and Davis Alexander for the Al’s; Chad Kelly for the Argos. Standout of the game was Montreal WR Cole Spieker, who came off of the practice roster to contribute 105 yards on 6 catches and a TD. The Alouettes held on to a 38-33 lead to remain at 6th, the Argos are 4th in the PR’s.
HAMILTON TIGER-CATS @ OTTAWA REDBLACKS
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have already qualified for the playoffs, the Ottawa Redblacks have qualified for an early exit from the 2022 CFL season. The final game of this season doesn’t appear to have a happy ending, the Redblacks have not won in their last 11 outings at TD Place.
This game would go down, as predicted by @TheBrysh, with the Tiger-Cats taking it by 7 points. Hamilton appeared to play a relaxed game, comfortably splitting QB duties between Matt Shiltz, Jamie Newman and 1st string Dane Evans. Hamilton won 23-16 to hold 5th, while Ottawa stays at 7th in PR’s.
SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS @ CALGARY STAMPEDERS
Like the previous game, one team is playoff bound while the other is bound for the golf course, both are playing for personal pride. These teams met in Week 20, with the Stampeders cruising past the ‘Riders 32-21. Perhaps the Roughriders would have a revenge victory against the Stamp’s? Let’s see…
The Roughriders would be faced with a number of problems in this matchup, especially Calgary QB Tommy Stevens rushing for 163 yards and a TD. In fact, the Stampeders totaled 300+ yards rushing and their defense recorded 6 QB Sacks. The Stamp’s steamrolled to a 36-10 final and hold 2nd in the PR’s.
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Written by: Jack Cameron @TheBrysh