CFL Power Rankings: After Week 17

The bottom two are pretty clear, however the Canadian Football League 2011 season is keeping to form as the teams who dominate can lay eggs and teams who have struggled start stringing wins together to make it really tough on people like me who try to rank teams on a weekly basis.

1. (LW - 2) Montreal Alouettes (10-6) - The Alouettes are on top because they have Anthony Calvillo. Okay? Although Winnipeg beat them, the Bombers did it with a dramatic comeback and the game was in Winnipeg. If that game is in any other city, the Alouettes win in my opinion. They move ahead of B.C. because the Lions slipped up big time and suffered numerous injuries.

2. (LW - 3) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (10-6) - What a race to the finish in the East! The Bombers and Alouettes are fighting for first. The Bombers have the edge right now which is good news for them. The power of home field was witnessed this past week.

3. (LW - 1) B.C. Lions (9-7) - The Leos only fall two spots despite having one of those game where after playing so well, everything goes wrong. The injury concerns for the Lions are now a thing of reality and could have them being hard pressed to get a home playoff game.

4. (LW - 4) Edmonton Eskimos (10-6) - I really believe with the Eskimos being 5-6 in the last 11 and beating Toronto and Saskatchewan in their three game winning streak doesn't allow them to jump into the top three. In B.C. this week though, so they obviously will be if they beat the Lions.

5. (LW - 6) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8-8) - The Tabbies smackdown on the Lions and the way Kevin Glenn and Quinton Porter appear to be getting along is a sign they're going to be threat to the Als and Bombers in the playoffs.

6. (LW - 5) Calgary Stampeders (9-7) - I don't think Drew Tate was good enough to put any fear in other teams in the West. How things have changed with B.C. and Edmonton being the Western powers after years of watching Saskatchewan and Calgary push each other.

7. (LW - 7) Toronto Argonauts (4-12) - Ah the race for the 1st overall pick. The Argonauts lulled the Eskimos to sleep to score 21 points in the 4th quarter. That's why they're still ahead of Saskatchewan. The Riders haven't scored 21 points in a game in over a month.

8. (LW - 8) Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-12) - See above and add in that Darian Durant is watching the final two games of the season from the sideline with Barrin Simpson and Andy Fantuz.