CFL Week 8 Power Rankings by Christopher Dowsett

(9) Toronto Argonauts – The Argo’s season hasn’t been very pretty so far, but hope may be on the horizon with the acquisition on Zach Collaros. Collaros was knocked out of Saskatchewan’s week one game, but he is still a massive upgrade to any other quarterback on the Argo’s roster. In the first six games of the year Toronto’s QB’s have combined for 14 interceptions, while only averaging 12.5ppg and allowing a massive 35.7ppg. 

(8) British Columbia Lions – The Lions are looking to double their win total next week when they take on the walking wounded Hamilton Tiger Cats. Mike Reilly has been hit hard and often so far this year, and it will be interesting to see if the O-Line can keep him healthy all year. The lone bright spot for the Lions this year has been wide receiver Bryan Burnham, who leads the team with 504 yards receiving, well on his way to his fourth straight 1,000 yard year. 

(7) Ottawa RedBlacks – Ottawa is looking to end their four game losing streak this week against Montreal, and they may have Dominique Deon Davis back under centre. Not much has gone well for Ottawa so far this year, but with a week Eastern division and banged up Tiger Cats team, the playoffs are still very much in reach.

(6) Saskatchewan RoughRiders – Trading Zach Collaros to Toronto is a clear indication on how well Cody Farjado has stepped in and lead the Riders offence. After proving himself as a 4-year starter at Nevada, Farjado is well on his way to proving himself as a CFL starting QB. The Riders have also been blessed with the play of William Powell who has rushed for 469 yards and has 6 TD’s, and wide receivers Kyran Moore and Shaq Evans who both have over 400 yards receiving.

(5) Calgary Stampeders – Interim-starting quarterback Nick Arbuckle continues to impress for the Stampeders in Bo Levi’s absence. Arbuckle is playing his best football since he was first-team All-Sunbelt Conference in 2015, when he threw for a Sun Belt record 3,368 passing yards along with Georgia State school records in completions (307) and touchdowns (28). 

(4) Hamilton Tiger Cats – After a phenomenal start to the year, key injuries are derailing the Ti-cats year. Former Oregon Ducks quarterback Jeremiah Masoli is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL. The Tabbies will also be without All-Star Brandon Banks and starting RB and former Montreal University star Sean Thomas Erlington. Only time will tell if either Dane Evans or David Watford will be able to squeak the Cats to the playoffs. 

(3) Montreal Alouettes – Week one starting quarterback Antonio Pipkin has been moved to the active-roster, but the superb play of Vernon Adams Jr. will likely see him as a back -up going forward this year. Adams has shifted into the starting role very well, with help from former Birmingham Iron WR Quan Bray, and running back William Stanback who is averaging over 100 yards per game. If Montreal’s defense, led by former Florida State corner back and 2010 Chick-fil-A bowl MVP Greg Reid and the former number 1 pick in the CFL draft linebacker Henoc Muaba, can keep up their stingy ways, there is no doubt they are playoff bound. 

(2) Edmonton Eskimos – Coming off a shut –out win against the Argo’s, the Eskies will look to close the gap in the Western Conference when they go into Calgary this Saturday to play the Stamps. Trevor Harris has been on fire this year, averaging over 321 passing yards per game while throwing 8 TD’s and running for 4 more. After former USC Trojan star C.J. Gable went down, Edmonton didn’t miss a beat, inserting Shaq Cooper who ran for 128 yard’s. Edmonton also claims the best wide receivers in the CFL with the always dangerous trio of Kenny Stafford, Greg Ellingson, and Kenny Stafford, the nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter.

(1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers – The Bombers will be looking to bounce back after a tough loss to Hamilton last week, and a trip to Toronto is exactly what the doctor ordered. Former Dallas Cowboy preseason starter Matt Nichols looks to add to his league leading 13 passing touchdowns against a pretty bad Argo’s secondary while per-annum all-star running back Andrew Harris will look to score his first rushing touchdown of the season. Former all-star Chris Matthews also is looking for his first touchdown of the year, Mathews has recorded more stitches from being stabbed in a bar fight then receiving yards this year.

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