Week 9 CFL Toon-Town CFL Power Rankings:

Not a lot of movement in the Power Rankings from a week ago. Does that mean that teams are starting to settle into their pecking order or have their not been enough inter-division match-ups to separate the men from the boys?

One thing is for sure is that the west is clearly the best and there is going to be one very good team on the outside looking in at the CFL play-offs.

Here’s where the teams rank through nine weeks in the Canadian Football League:

9 – Montreal Alouettes (1-7) LW 24-16 loss at Winnipeg – Last Ranking #9 (5 weeks)
No quarterback, no consistency, no real improvement, no movement in the power rankings.

8 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (1-7) LW: 32-7 loss vs. Calgary – Last Ranking #8 (4 weeks)
Ottawa is giving teams a run for their money as they were right with Calgary heading into the final quarter. However, there depth is and will be a concern all season. That could be rectified quickly, however, if they are able to land free-agent Weston Dressler who they are prepared to open the vault for.

7 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-6) LW: BYE – Last Ranking #7 (2 weeks)
Had Ottawa stayed with Calgary in the fourth quarter the Tabbies would have dropped a spot. They aren’t concerned, however, about the power ranking the loss they are is at quarterback with the loss of Dan LeFevour for the season. What can Kent do to prepare his pivots for the rest of the season? Good question but with a glut of games coming up against the east the Tabbies will have a chance to control their fate.

6 – Toronto Argonauts (3-6) LW: 41-27 loss at Edmonton – Last Ranking #6 (2 weeks)
The Argos are clearly the class of the East and if they didn’t shoot themselves in the foot early in their week 9 meeting with Edmonton the game could have been a much closer affair. That being said the Boatmen are crossing their fingers that Chad Owens isn’t shaken up as bad as it appeared and they can continue to get healthy and try to make a run at respectability for the East.

5 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-3) LW 24-16 win vs. Montreal – Last Ranking #5 (2 weeks)
The Bombers have been a bit of a mystery in the last couple of weeks. Have they hit a plateau in their season? Time will tell as they get set to tackle the Riders in back to back weeks. The Bombers feel that they let one slip against the Riders earlier this month. We shall see if they can bounce back.

4 – B.C. Lions (5-4) LW: 20-16 loss vs. Saskatchewan – Last Ranking #3
If you want to be the best you have to beat the best and the BC Lions didn’t do that on Sunday. Of more concern than the 33,000 tickets that they have to giveaway after guaranteed win night is the health of their quarterbacks. Kevin Glenn went down with a leg injury while Travis Lulay proved on the final play of the game that he has nowhere near the arm strength that we are accustomed to seeing from him following shoulder surgery.

3 – Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-2) LW: 20-16 win at BC – Last Ranking #4
Finding ways to win. That’s what the Saskatchewan Roughriders have done for five weeks in a row. Has it been perfect? NO. Will they take it? YES. That’s why they have moved up another spot in the rankings.

2 – Edmonton Eskimos (7-1) LW: 41-27 win vs. Toronto – Last Ranking #2 (3 weeks)
The Eskies continue roll along. All three phases of the game showed up and they scored a big win over the Argos who are getting healthy. The health of Mike Reilly is a big question mark but it is going to take the team hiding his helmet to keep him out of Labour Day. The next two games against Calgary are going to be dandies.

1 – Calgary Stampeders (7-1) LW 32-7 win at Ottawa – Last Ranking #1 (3 weeks)
All I can say is wow. Joe West’s brother is killed prior to game time on the weekend and the club rallies around him and find a way to squeak out a hard fought win. That’s the type of thing that brings teams together and molds champions. With a heavily inter-divisional schedule ahead of them the cream will rise to the top in the West. For now, however, the Stamps are the team to beat in the CFL!

One Response to Week 9 CFL Toon-Town CFL Power Rankings:

  1. doug wilson says:

    eh dave:: are Riders perfect NO will they take it YES ;; not exactly what the fans want to hear or see, they, Rider offence, got to SCORE some well EARNED points SOON, as it is said in sports way too often, DEFENCE WINS, but come on Riders, you got to earn, score offensive points, give the D guys some help : AND how loyal will Weston be, will we see him in RIDER GREEN THIS WEEK ::

    Sure hope so ::

    doug

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