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!

7 – Toronto Argonauts (2-4) LW: BYE – Last Ranking #6
A bye week, unfortunately, didn’t bring health to the double blue. Instead the black-and-blue are limping into one of those only in the CFL weeks where they play on Tuesday and Sunday. Injuries and lack of cohesiveness are a big problem for the Argos. Can they get healthy enough to regain their form? Time will tell.

6 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-5) LW: 29-26 loss at B-C – Last Ranking #7
It’s not often that a team can lose and gain a spot in the rankings. However, the Tabbies showed some fight and a great deal of improvement playing in a tough B.C. Place. Can Coach Kent keep his troops rolling? It may be tough as they entertain Calgary in week 8.

5 – B.C. Lions (4-3) LW: 29-26 win vs. Hamilton – Last Ranking #4
With Travis Lulay all but set to return the lone question is how long will he be back with his banged up shoulder still not 100%. The Lions picked up their fourth win of the campaign but there are still a number of deficiencies that they will need to address in special teams and the secondary in order to improve.

4 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers (4-2) LW 23-17 loss vs. Saskatchewan – Last Ranking #1
Quote: “You have to beat the best to be the best!” the Winnipeg Blue Bombers couldn’t do that against the defending Grey Cup Champions in week 7. That’s not to say that the Bombers maybe didn’t deserve a better fate. However, their turnovers and lack of quarterback protection are BIG issues that have dropped them significantly this week.

3 – Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-2) LW: 23-17 win at Winnipeg – Last Ranking #5
It hasn’t been pretty, especially on offence, but the Riders are getting the job done thanks to their ferocious defence. Defence wins championships but the Riders need to get their offence in the end zone in order to become dominant.

2 – Edmonton Eskimos (5-1) LW: 33-23 win at Montreal – Last Ranking #3
There is so much to love in the Alberta capital! Yes the Eskimos do have some weaknesses but they have been able to out-scheme them. The Eskimos continue an Eastern road swing in Ottawa in Week 8 so there is no reason that the Eskies shouldn’t be able to maintain if not improve their ranking next season.

1 – Calgary Stampeders (5-1) LW 38-17 win vs. Ottawa – Last Ranking #2
After a week off from top spot in the league the Stamps quietly went about their business and dominated Ottawa in all three phases in week 7. The key to the win may have been the fact that the Stamps did it quietly without much fanfare or over-confidence, which hasn’t always been the case with the Red and White.

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