News Nissan Titan Power Rankings: Hope springs eternal in Week 1

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  1. Seeker1

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    1. Calgary Stampeders

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    Missing roughly two-thirds of their 2018 starting defence, the Stamps face an uphill battle in their quest to repeat as Grey Cup Champions. On the other hand, most of the offence is intact, led by highly-regarded coach Dave Dickenson and two-time Most Outstanding Player Bo Levi Mitchell, who’s back on a four-year deal. You just can’t count this team out.

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    2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers

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    As the drought approaches three decades, 2019 may be the Bombers’ best chance yet to win a Grey Cup. They were close last year, falling to Calgary in the Western Final, and this off-season GM Kyle Walters has re-stocked the shelves, adding Willie Jefferson to the defensive line and Chris Matthews to the receiving corps. On paper this could be the CFL’s deepest, most talented roster.

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    3. BC Lions

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    If the Lions are flying under the radar in the hotly-contested West, don’t expect that to last. First-time head coach DeVone Caybrooks has assembled quite the cast of characters in BC, with Mike Reilly, Bryan Burnham and Duron Carter leading what’s expected to be a highly-explosive offence. In the end, though, it’s the other side of the ball that will determine just how far the Lions can go.

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    4. Hamilton Tiger-Cats

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    Will the Ticats miss June Jones? That’s the question in Steeltown, where a talented roster has new leadership on both sides of the ball in coaches Orlondo Steinauer, Tommy Condell and Mark Washington. If a league-leading offence led by Jeremiah Masoli can pick up where it left off, the Ticats are heavily favoured to win the East and contend for a long-awaited Grey Cup.

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    5. Edmonton Eskimos

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    Despite missing the playoffs AND losing franchise quarterback Mike Reilly, the Eskimos are trending up after a busy off-season. Brock Sunderland transformed the team’s core over the winter, signing Trevor Harris, Greg Ellingson and DaVaris Daniels to lead the offence along with a trio of new linebackers on defence. The Eskimos may just be the dark horse of the CFL West Division.

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    6. Saskatchewan Roughriders

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    Led by the projected No. 1 defence and a star running back in William Powell, the ingredients for success are in place in Riderville — but there are questions. Zach Collaros wasn’t the team’s first choice at quarterback after a forgettable first season in green and white, while the departure of Chris Jones affects multiple layers of the organization. There is no bigger wildcard in the CFL than Saskatchewan in 2019.

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    7. Toronto Argonauts

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    Coming off a last-place finish, cautious optimism surrounds the Argos heading into the new campaign. Star off-season addition Derel Walker looks to be in top form coming off season-ending injury, while Jacques Chapdelaine’s offence has clicked all pre-season, leading the team to a 2-0 record. If Corey Chamblin’s defence returns to its 2017 form, the Boatmen could challenge for the East Division crown.

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    8. Ottawa REDBLACKS

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    It’s been a tough few months in the nation’s capital, with little remaining of the core that won East Division titles in three of the last four years. The list of off-season losses for the REDBLACKS is too long for this space, but General Manager Marcel Desjardins has proven adept at scouting and developing new talent. If this team can contend in 2019, it will silence more than a few critics in the process.

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    9. Montreal Alouettes

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    As surprising as it was to see Mike Sherman dismissed days before the season, the tone around the Alouettes appears to be positive. Young Antonio Pipkin has been named the team’s starting quarterback, while Khari Jones has worked hard for his first opportunity as a head coach. Perhaps laying low isn’t a bad thing for a team looking to finally break out and get back in the post-season.
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    I always find the power rankings both interesting and amusing. Amusing because the reactions to them are so .... over the top. They are just one person's, or sometimes one small group's opinion on what they think they have seen/will see on the field. Interesting, because rarely do I see it the same way. For instance, on this ranking, I would put EVERY Western team ahead of every Eastern team. If Collaros sneezes too hard though, the resulting concussion will drop Sask to # 8. can't see even a quarterbackless Sask sucking harder that Montreal this season. I also think I can make an argument for any of BC, Winnipeg and Calgary being 1st. Or 4th. Or anywhere in between. Edmonton will make the play offs this season. Sask will be the odd Western team out. Cross over for sure this year. At this point, I also think I see an all Western final this year.

    But pre-season power rankings? Put three poker chips in a bag, one red, one orange and one blue. Reach in and pull one out. This is as likely to give you an accurate result right now with all the off season changes we have seen. So maybe number one should be Winnipeg because of continuity. Except, the only team I have more faith in screwing things then Winnipeg, is Sask.
     
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