Toon-Town Week 8 CFL Power Rankings:

A lack of offence and an offensive schedule were my key notes in week 8 in the Canadian Football League.

A trio of the week’s five games saw little or no offensive excitement. Additionally, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on a short week could not overcome the lack of preparation time heading into Toronto.

How will those factor this week in the Toon-Town Communications CFL power rankings check it out below.

9 – Montreal Alouettes (1-6) LW 16-11 loss at SK – Last Ranking #9 (4 weeks in a row)

Oh how the mighty have fallen! The Montreal Alouettes have by far the most problems on and off the field and they are finding new ways to compound the matter. Last week’s decision not to go for a tie and attempt a two-point conversation was a BIG tactical error by Head Coach Tom Higgins. The Als need to find a way to stop shooting themselves in the foot, and quick.

8 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (1-6) LW: 10-8 loss vs. Edmonton – Last Ranking #8 (3 weeks in a row)
Fans in Ottawa should be very happy with what they have seen on the field thus far this season. The team is competitive, they work hard and they are in every game. If the REDBLACKS can figure a way to string together a few more plays offensively they very well could find themselves in a play-off spot.

7 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-6) LW: 30-20 loss vs. Calgary – Last Ranking #6
The knocks keep on coming with the Hamilton Tiger Cats as now Dan Lefevour will join Zach Collaros on the sidelines. That and a lack of self-discipline is causing the Tiger-Cats a world of hurt. The Tabbies have to get themselves in order quickly as the season is slipping by.

6 – Toronto Argonauts (3-5) LW: 38-21 win vs. WPG, 33-17 loss vs. BC BYE – Last Ranking #7
Scheduling caught up to the Argonauts in week 8. Two games in five days is BRUTAL and what should have been a great game between Toronto and BC was a dud do to lack of preparation time. That being said the Argos are clearly the class of the East and getting stronger as they get healthier. Can they challenge the west. That remains to be seen!

5 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-3) LW 38-21 loss at Toronto – Last Ranking #4
The Bombers were also stung by the scheduling bug but two consecutive lack luster performances by his team must have Mike O’Shea scratching his head. All can be corrected against a horrible Montreal team in week 9.

4 – Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-2) LW: 16-11 win vs. Montreal – Last Ranking #3
The Roughrider offence is a huge concern for the defending Grey Cup Champions. Lack of execution and game plan appear to be the reasons. The Green and White need to figure it out quickly if they want to catch Edmonton or Calgary.

3 – B.C. Lions (5-3) LW: 33-17 win at Toronto – Last Ranking #5
I really like what I am seeing from the BC Lions. However, they need to figure out what they are going to do at Quarterback quickly. Substituting one for the other at predetermined points in the game is a recipe for disaster and they have to go with one or the other before it becomes a distraction.

2 – Edmonton Eskimos (6-1) LW: 33-23 win at Ottawa – Last Ranking #2 (2 weeks in a row)
The Edmontoin Eskimos continue to roll along and very quietly are staking their claim in the west. Mike Reilly has his offence moving while the defence is among the tops in the league. The Eskies need to keep rolling in week 9.

1 – Calgary Stampeders (6-1) LW 38-17 win vs. Ottawa – Last Ranking #1 (2 weeks in a row)
It hasn’t been pretty but the Stamps keep finding ways to win. The depth and coaching of the club is superior to everyone else in the Canadian Football League and the result is them maintaining their spot atop the ranking.

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