First Power Ranking of the CFL Revival

First Power Ranking of the CFL Revival

Welcome to the first edition of the CFL Power Ranking. Unlike prior Power Rankings, this one will take place every Sunday or Monday and works with the league schedule of 3 games played a week. This weeks Power Ranking was a fun one and features 8 undefeated teams, three of which are from the same division! Without further ado, here is your first Power Ranking of the CFL Revival.

1. Eagles (3-0)
MVP: Boston Scott
Why - CP, in traditional “CP Form” has taken the defending champs to an impressive 3-0 start. The Eagles have been led thus far by surprising rookie, Boston Scott, out of L.A. Tech who has compiled 332 yards on just 33 touches and has already reached the endzone 6 times! If Scott continues to produce and they continue to get solid production from their other backs, look for the Eagles to cruise moving forward.

2. Seahawks (3-0)
MVP: Bobby Wagner
Why - CrazyD, in impressive fashion, has led the Seahawks to a much needed 3-0 start in a division widely considered as the Los Angelos Rams’ division to lose. The Hawks’ success is due, in large part, to the way that their leader on defense, Bobby Wagner, is playing. Off to one of the most impressive starts of his 6 year career, through 3 games, Wagner has compiled 23 tackles, 6 for a loss, 1 sack, and 3 interceptions. This Seahawks defense is trending up after last seasons overhaul and should continue to have success in a mediocre NFC West.

3. Rams (3-0)
MVP: Todd Gurley
Why - What can you say about the Rams? Notes has been up to his usual ways to begin the season with a 2-0 start. All-Pro running back, Todd Gurley, is being All-Pro running back Todd Gurley, leading all Backs in rushes and rushing yards and is second in receptions and yards, behind only Duke Johnson. Look for the Rams to continue their successful ways.

4. Saints (3-0)
MVP: Defense
Why – The Saints defense has played so well this season that it has completely taken the spotlight from Drew Brees’ fantastic start and the duo of backs in the Saints’ offensive backfield. The Saints are playing great football in every aspect right now, there’s no question, but credit is owed in majority to their defense. Allowing the second fewest points scored through 3 weeks, compiling 18 sacks, and forcing a league best 14 turnovers already, the Saints are on the right track to a great season.

5. Dolphins (3-0)
MVP: Defense
Why – The Phins have been lacking in offensive production thus far into the season. Lucky for them, they’ve also got the number 3 total defense in the league and the number 1 scoring defense through 3 weeks. They’ll have to find a way to consistently move the ball to continue their success moving forward, but the future is definitely looking bright in Miami.

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6. Patriots (3-0)
MVP: Sony Michel/Defense
Why – Rookie Running Back, Sony Michel, out of Georgia has become the premier back in New England and has taken the reins without hesitation. He’s off to a good start in his rookie campaign and has helped New England possess the ball in some key situations this year. The Patriots’ defense, however, has been the biggest reason for their success early on this season. In what seems to be a two team race in the AFC East, two of the NFL’s top defensive teams will face off for the first time in week 4.

7. Packers (3-0)
MVP: Aaron Jones
Why – Aaron Jones is your prototypical balanced back. A jack of all trades, if you will. Jones has 307 rushing yards on 52 touches and has already reached the endzone 5 times in this young season. The Pack have done an excellent job of slowing the game down and finishing drives and Aaron Jones has been an integral part of that.

8. 49ers (3-0)
MVP: Defense
Why – The 9ers don’t have any stat sheet stuffers that really stand out. Their defense has quietly gotten off to a great start this season and have been absolutely stifling in the run game. The front 7 are doing a great job of clogging up the middle and their defensive backs have been tackling extremely well. As long as they continue to get 11 players to the ball consistently like they’ve done thus far, San Francisco has a real opportunity to have a solid season.

9. Colts (2-1)
MVP: Andrew Luck
Why – Andrew Luck has already solidified himself as the early frontrunner for “Comeback Player of the Year.” Luck has started the season off with a bang and is leading the league in passing yards, attempts, completions, and TDs, and the Colts’ record directly reflects that. If the colts can make some moves before the trade deadline to get luck another weapon or 2 in Indianapolis, the Colts could be a very dangerous team later in the season.

10. Chiefs (2-1)
MVP: Tyreek Hill
Why – Isn’t it obvious? Tyreek Hill is far and above any other receiver in every statistical category through 3 weeks. His speed and hands have only been enhanced with the improvements we’ve seen from him in route running and decision making early this season. With his potential to break off big gains in the running game as well, Hill makes the Chiefs a very scary team for any coach to prepare for.

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11. Titans (2-1)
MVP: Linebacking Corps.
Why – The Titans’ linebacker depth is ridiculous. 6 linebackers on the roster have already registered 1 or more sack through just 3 games. They’re wreaking havoc in the middle of the field game in and game out and the Titans have seen some success due in large part to their play. The Titans will need to improve offensively, but overall are good enough to be in the top half of the league.

12. Panthers (2-1)
MVP: Christian McCaffrey
Why – McCaffrey is receiving nearly 40 percent of the touches for this offense so far this year. Whether it’s in the rushing game or the passing game, the Stanford product is, and will continue to be, one of the toughest backs in the league to gameplan for due to his endless versatility and the Panthers are reaping the benefits of that.

13. Ravens (2-1)
MVP: Defense
Why – The Ravens defense is, once again, tops in the league up to this point in the season. Not one team has been able to find any success in the passing game against this stifling secondary and their 4th ranked rush defense hasn’t disappointed either. If they can start forcing some turnovers, look out for this team in the wildcard race and don’t be surprised if you see the Ravens playing in January.

14. Browns (2-1)
MVP: Jarvis Landry
Why – The Browns are off to their best start since 2011 and Jarvis Landry a huge reason why. It’s hard not to give Baker Mayfield the MVP vote what with the Browns QB history and the success they’ve seen early this year, but Jarvis Landry has made Baker’s job easy at some crucial times this year and that’s why he gets the nod. Landry is averaging nearly 20 yards per reception and just always seems to find a way to get open. The young talent that the Browns have accumulated is finally starting to pay off.

15. Cowboys (2-1)
MVP: Ezekiel Elliot
Why – Zeke has been making big plays all over the field this year and the Cowboys are winning because of it. Elliot has had multiple 50+ yard rushes and has also had a 50+ yard reception this season and continues to look healthy and dominant. As long as they continue to feed their workhorse, look for Dallas to give the Eagles a run for the NFC East.

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16. Bengals (1-2)
MVP: AJ Green
Why – AJ Green has been a small bright spot in what’s otherwise been an average start for the Bengals. He’s leading the league in receiving yards with 371 and has only caught 14 passes. That’s nearly 27 yards per touch. Adding 3 endzone trips to go along with that, AJ Green gives the Bengals a chance to compete each and every week.

17. Buccaneers (1-2)
MVP: Peyton Barber
Why – Barber has been a workhorse for this offense with 51 rushes, 331 rushing yards and 4 rushing TD’s. Barber also has over 100 receiving yards and a TD. The NFC South will be a fun division to watch as the season continues.

18. Raiders (1-2)
MVP: Nicholas Morrow
Why – Morrow has singlehandedly led this defense with his 3 sacks and 5 INT’s in the first three weeks of the season. Morrow could be an early favorite for DPOY if he can somehow keep up this production.

19. Chargers (1-2)
MVP: Halfbacks
Why – Gordon and Ekeler have been sharing carries to start the season with the latter being a bit more productive. Combined the two have nearly 300 rushing yards and 3 TD’s. The pair also have over 200 combined receiving yards and 2 TD’s. The Chargers are extremely talented and right now the AFC West is anybody’s division.

20. Vikings (1-2)
MVP: Wideouts
Why – Diggs, Thielen, and Coleman have made Kirk Cousins look better than he really is. Diggs and Coleman have already broken 200 yards and 2 TD’s. Thielen sits at 120 yards and a TD. The Vikings could be the favorite to catch up to the Packers in the division with the talent they have.

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21. Lions (1-2)
MVP: Matthew Stafford
Why – Stafford may only have 4 TD’s on the year but he has been very efficient. He has completed 68% of his passes and has 720 passing yards. The division is Green Bay’s to lose already to start the season so the lions will need to start getting some wins soon and against divisional opponents.

22. Giants (1-2)
MVP: Saquan Barkley
Why – The rookie phenom is averaging 4.8 YPC with 3 TD’s on the season. Barkley leaves teams guessing with his rushing and pass catching ability. Barkley will hopefully help this team gain some momentum as they currently sit third in the division.

23. Cardinals (1-2)
MVP: David Johnson
Why – The dual-threat HB is an extremely important part of this offense and is one of the biggest reasons they’ve been so competitive despite starting 1-2. The Cardinals are in an extremely difficult division with THREE undefeated teams.

24. Redskins (1-2)
MVP: Alex Smith
Why – Smith has been extremely efficient to start the season. He’s completing 71% of his passes, 5 TD’s to 2 INT’s, and 862 passing yards. Time will tell if the Redskins will be able to compete with the scalding hot Eagles and uber-talented Cowboys.

25. Jaguars (1-2)
MVP: Fournette
Why – Fournette is averaging 6.2 YPC. He’s been the workhorse for this offense and keeps the ball out of Bortles’ hands. Don’t let his 1 TD distract you from the fact Carlos Hyde has probably stolen 3 after long runs.

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26. Bears (0-3)
MVP: Kahlil Mack
Why – He’s Khalil Mack.

27. Steelers (0-3)
MVP: Brown/Schuster
Why – Big Ben has had a rocky start to the season passing the ball but thanks to his dynamic duo at the WR position they have been in games and have the ability to change games every week. The tandem is 2 yards shy of 400 on the year however they have no TD’s on the year.

28. Texans (0-3)
MVP: WR/TE group
Why – The Texans are struggling to start the season due to both sides of the ball. On defense, they have given up at least 32 points a game. Offensively, they are turning the ball over a lot and have not been able to establish the run game. The bright spot right now is the group of guys catching passes from Watson in TE Thomas, WRs Fuller, Thomas, and Hopkins.

29. Bills (0-3)
MVP: The Defense
Why – They’ve collected 12 sacks and 7 INT’s on the year. If the Bills offense can gain some momentum running the ball and limiting turnovers they could be a .500 team however the Patriots and Dolphins will make things difficult.

30. Falcons (0-3)
MVP: Devonta Freeman
Why – Freeman has 56 carries for 311 yards and a TD plus 8 catches for 61 yards and a TD. While the Falcons have not had an ideal start, they have the talent to certainly string together some wins.

31. Broncos (0-3)
MVP: Courtland Sutton
Why – He’s hauled in 11 catches for 210 yards and a TD. The Broncos have been underwhelming to begin the season. Luckily it’s still early and they have plenty of time to turn things around.

32. Jets (0-3)
MVP: Sam Darnold
Why – Darnold has been just about the only bright spot in the 3 sim losses the Jets have taken to begin the season. He has 6 TD’s to 4 INT’s and almost 800 passing yards while completing only 59% of his passes.

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