CFL Power Rankings: Week 9
Last week was a quiet one for the Canadian Football League, with just four teams in action. It’s more of the same this week, with another four teams enjoying a bye.
Here’s a look at the league’s Week 9 CFL power ratings
1 (1). Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Winnipeg holds onto the top spot after getting a bye last week. The Blue Bombers have just a single loss this season and, at 6-1, lead Montreal by a game in the East Division.
The “D” has gotten a ton of credit for the hot start, and deservedly so, but the offense hasn’t been too bad either—Fred Reid is second in the CFL in rushing yards.
2 (2). Montreal Alouettes
Montreal was one of four teams with a bye last week. The Alouettes won back-to-back games heading into the week off, and they’re doing it just like you might expect—with offense. Anthony Calvillo has been typically brilliant; he leads the CFL with 14 touchdown passes and is second with 2095 passing yards.
3 (3). Calgary Stampeders
Another team with a bye… another team holding its spot from last week’s power rankings. Calgary has exploded in its past two games, racking up 77 points. Henry Burris has cranked up his game after a solid but unspectacular start, throwing four touchdowns, 639 yards and no interceptions in his past two outings.
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4 (5). Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Hamilton rounds out the bye-week teams, all of which oddly either held ground or moved up. The Tiger-Cats haven’t been able to build much momentum, and at 4-3 they have some work to do in the East Division. Perhaps the week off will give them a chance to regroup and string together their second winning streak of the season.
5 (8). British Columbia Lions
The Lions hammered Edmonton 36-1 last week, and B.C. wound up with two CFL Player of the Week awards. Receiver Arland Bruce exploded for nine catches, 129 yards and two scores—in just his second game with the Leos, no less. Defensive tackle Aaron Hunt earned defensive honours after notching five tackles and three sacks. [ad-4437448]
6 (7). Toronto Argonauts
Toronto creeps up a spot after squeaking past Saskatchewan 24-18. The Boatmen have just two wins this season, but taking a win into their bye this week is massive. Of course, it would help if the Argos got to play the lowly Roughriders every week.
7 (4). Edmonton Eskimos
There’s no getting around it—the Eskimos are free falling. Ricky Ray has completely melted down, and he threw three interceptions in last week’s 36-1 embarrassment against British Columbia. That makes it three straight losses for Edmonton, which has scored just 21 points in the past three weeks—and only five points (five!) it its past two outings.
8 (8). Saskatchewan Roughriders
Woof. The Roughriders can’t get much worse at 1-7. They were competitive in last week’s 24-18 loss to the Argonauts, but competitive doesn’t mean squat—just ask Greg Marshall. Marshall was fired as head coach and replaced with VP-Football Operations Ken Miller.
Miller led the Roughriders to back-to-back Grey Cup appearances during a three-year stint as Saskatchewan’s head coach in 2008-2010.
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