Week 10 Toon-Town Communications CFL Power Rankings:

There were not a lot of surprises in the Canadian Football League’s Labour Day Weekend when you look at the results. However, there were a number of surprises in how those results were obtained.

How do those surprises factor into this weeks rankings? Check it out below!

9 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (1-8) LW: 20-10 loss at Montreal – Last Ranking #8

Yes there is a new occupant in the cellar of the Canadian Football League. I wonder if years from now Ottawa will regret taking Henry Burris? Burris hasn’t been able to will his offence to produce and I’m not sure that he can get the best out of what the REDBLACKS have. If you asked me at the start of the season if I would be surprised Ottawa was at the bottom of the barrel after Labour Day I wouldn’t have been shocked. However, in the least division Ottawa had a real chance to provide added excitement for their fans they just can’t get the big play at the right time.

8 – Montreal Alouettes (2-7) LW 20-10 win vs. Montreal – Last Ranking #9

After 5 weeks the Als have finally climbed out of the basement! Yes, it took a meeting with expansion Ottawa to get the job done but now the question is can they springboard off a big win with Jonathan Crompton at quarterback. I’m not sure that he’s the answer but he did bring some stability to the position for the Als. Big test this week as they take on B.C.

7 – Toronto Argonauts (3-7) LW: 13-12 loss at Hamilton – Last Ranking #6

I realize that the Argos are banged up. However, the team is spiraling and with their off-field turmoil I am not so sure that they can get their on-field production turned around. Congratulations to Ricky Ray for 50,000 yards passing in his career here’s hoping his offence can make a play or two for him so that isn’t his only highlight this season.

6 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2-6) LW: 13-12 win vs. Toronto – Last Ranking #7

The Zach attack is back. Zach Collaros return to the Ti-Cats line-up was very impressive and the only way it could have been better is if his receivers made a play for him. The Ti-Cats should feel good about where they are at and the season is looking up after a big Labour Day win.

5 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-4) LW 35-30 loss at Saskatchewan – Last Ranking #5 (3 weeks)

I will give credit to Winnipeg as when they trailed the Riders by two scores at Labour Day and Drew Willy went down with a leg injury I thought it was time to turn out the lights. The team showed some moxie and could have stolen a win. The team needs to better protect their quarterback and needs to find a way to stop the run. If they can accomplish those feats they can move back up the ranking.

4 – B.C. Lions (5-4) LW: BYE – Last Ranking #4 (2 weeks)

It was a close call leaving the Lions at number 4. Their quarterback situation concerns me with Kevin Glenn nicked up and Travis Lulay’s arm strength being questionable at best. No questions when it comes to their defence which sets them apart from the Bombers at number 5.

3 – Saskatchewan Roughriders (7-2) LW: 35-30 win vs. Winnipeg – Last Ranking #3 (2 weeks)

Good teams find ways to win. That’s exactly what the Saskatchewan Roughriders did showing patience and poise marching the football down the field for the game winning points with under three minutes to go in the Labour Day Classic. The Riders are rolling, will they hit a wall in the Banjo Bowl or can they find another way to pick up a ‘W?’

2 – Edmonton Eskimos (7-2) LW: 28-13 loss at Calgary – Last Ranking #2 (4 weeks)

The Edmonton Eskimos are not the same team without Mike Reilly but truthfully I thought that they came out flat against the Stampeders. With a heavy emphasis on divisional play down the stretch for the Eskies it will be interesting to see how they stack up against the rest of the west. First though they need to find a way to better match-up against Calgary in a Labour Day rematch.

1 – Calgary Stampeders (8-1) LW 28-13 win vs. Edmonton – Last Ranking #1 (4 weeks)

Tough to argue that the Stamps aren’t the best team in the CFL! To add to that they are now healthy as well. The Stamps will be tough to knock off the pedestal but there are eight other teams that will try to accomplish just that.

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