Category Archives: CFL Week 7 CFL Power Rankings:

Another interesting week with more western domination in the Canadian Football League. No surprise that means not a lot of movement at the bottom. However, there is a new top dog in the CFL thanks to my belief that if you want to be the best you have to beat the best.

Agree or disagree? That is the question:

9 – Montreal Alouettes (1-5) LW 33-23 loss vs. Edmonton – Last Ranking #9 (3 weeks in a row)
Just when you thought things couldn’t get uglier in Montreal. The team plays a horrible half of football. Their Head Coach calls it the best his quarterback has played in the CFL. In the end the team showed a little bit of fight to get the score into respectable territory. However, now the consultants brought in are starting to move into the coaching staff. This is a mess that won’t get cleaned up any time soon!

8 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (1-5) LW: 38-17 loss at Calgary – Last Ranking #8 (2 weeks in a row)
They are what we thought they were! The REDBLACKS lack of depth is starting to show especially now that we have reached the one-third mark of the season. The good news is that they are two points out of first in the least… err East Division!

Messam Powers Riders Past Bombers

After only scoring three points in the opening half the Saskatchewan Roughriders needed to find a spark on offence.

The actually found an explosion. Former Canadian Player of the year, Jerome Messam, replaced Will Ford in the Rider backfield in the second have and promptly racked up 129 yards on the ground on 19 carries.

Messam’s allowed the Riders to move the ball and spell their defence just enough to escape the Manitoba capital with a 23-17 victory over the Blue Bombers.

The difference in the game was the Rider defence who scooped and scored on a fumble in the first half and then a Terrell Maze pick-six with 2:16 remaining stunned a sold-out Investors Group Field and gave the Riders the needed points for the victory.

View From The Sidelines Episode 8

With the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers gearing up for perhaps their most important game since they met in the 2007 Grey Cup, Dave Thomas, Mike McCullough and Michael Ball will break down the match-up. AND this week they will be joined by teammates from the 2007 Grey Cup Champions. Reggie Hunt the newest inductee to the Riders Plaza of Honour will join the panel.

Additionally, Kerry Joseph the 2007 MOP and one of only four men to Quarterback the Riders to a Grey Cup Championship will hook up with the gang from New Orleans. He also for the first time will talk about the trade that sent him to Toronto after the Grey Cup Victory! It’s all here on the View From the Sidelines!

CFL Week 7 Predictor: Well, That’s More Like It!

Not a bad week for the ole predictor in week 6. Yes, picked the BC upset over Calgary but didn’t see the Als being as bad as they are and losing to the Black and Blue Argonauts.

So, the 3-and-1 week pushes my overall record to 12-and-12.

Now, here’s a look at my prognostications for week 7.

Saskatchewan Roughriders (3-2 T4th in West) LW: 38-14 win at Ottawa
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-1 1st in West) LW: 27-26 win at Hamilton

Three Keys: Week 6 CFL Power Rankings:

Western domination continued in week six of the CFL regular season.

The Stampeders were bucked off their horse while Montreal was once again left scratching their heads.

Can we start the talk of eliminating all but one East Division team from the post-season? Things are starting to look that way.

Regardless, here’s where the teams rank after last week’s action with a change at the top!

9 – Montreal Alouettes (1-4) LW 31-5 loss vs. Toronto – Last Ranking #9 (2 weeks in a row)

I’d like to say that there is nowhere to go but up for the Montreal Alouettes unfortunately I think the team may fall further before climbing out of their funk. Chip Cox and the defence have done their part and more, however, the offence’s inability to do anything has left them on the field way too long. With the uncertainty of the coaching staff and the uncertainty at quarterback this is going to be a long season!

Smith To Sit vs. Bombers

The Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club has been advised that Taj Smith has been charged with violating a condition of release stemming from an incident last August.

Therefore, he will not play Thursday’s game in Winnipeg as the Club continues to monitor and review this situation.

CFL Legends: Larry Wruck

The View From the Sidelines Guys had a chance to catch up with former Saskatoon Hilltop and CFL Hall of Famer Larry Wruck.

Wruck starred in the Blue and Gold before going on to a 12 year career with the Edmonton Eskimos winning a pair of Grey Cups.

Hear what Wruck is up to now and take a stroll down memory lane with Saskatoon’s Larry Wruck.

View From The Sidelines Week 6

Dave Thomas, Michael Ball, and Mike McCullough are back with a look at week 6 in the CFL. From giving props to Saskatchewan’s biggest rival to the ever popular Tooned-In and Tooned-Out. We have it all plus special guest Glenn Johnson the CFL’s Director of Officiating! It’s all right here on the View From the Sidelines.

Check it out below:

Another Rough Week For the CFL Predictor: Undeterred Here’s Week 6 Picks:

The Blue Bombers proved they are for real, Calgary showed their experience and depth and the Saskatchewan Roughriders exposed a bad Toronto team. What does that mean to me? A 1-and-3 week for the predictor which drops my overall record to 9-and-11.

Time to get on track and focus so here we go with a look at week 6. Feel free to agree or disagree!

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (4-1 T1st West) LW: 23-6 win at BC
Hamilton Tiger Cats (1-3 T1st East) LW: 33-23 win vs. Ottawa Week 5 CFL Power Rankings: Not A Big Jump For Team Green

The deck has once again been shuffled with some interesting results in week five of the Canadian Football League season.
One thing for sure is that there is a lot of parity in the East Division with teams battling for what may only be one play-off spot with a West Division cross-over looking very likely at nearly the third way mark of the season.

Here’s how the teams rank from where I stand!

9 – Montreal Alouettes (1-3) BYE – Last Ranking #8
Pretty hard to slip to the basement in the standings on a bye week but the Als did just that. The turmoil surrounding their offence and lack of a quarterback to throw to one of the most talented receiving corps in the league is troublesome to say the very least. There is a long way to go in Montreal but truly nowhere to go but up.