CFL Week 7 Power Rankings
-Christopher Carl Dowsett
(1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers – Going 5-0 for the first time since 1960, the Bombers have all canons firing. Matt Nichols started a little slow against Ottawa, going 0-3 to start the game, but finished 25-29 for 295 yards and 2TDS.
(2) Hamilton Tiger-Cats – Coming off their bye week, the Tabbies will have their paws full on Friday Night Football taking on the league’s best Winnipeg Blue-Bombers at home in Tim Hortons Field. Jeremiah Masoli and Brandon Banks look to keep up their hot play from their last game, a home victory against the Calgary Stampeders
(3) Edmonton Eskimos – The Eskies are looking to bounce back this week after a surprising loss to the Al’s in Montreal. This week they are back home against a very bad Argo’s team, who are still looking for their first win on the year. Edmonton will need more production this week from their big name free agent singings, QB Trevor Harris and WR Greg Ellingson, as well as former USC Trojan RB C.J. Gable.
(4) Montreal Alouettes – After a 20-10 upset against the Eskies, the Al’s look to keep climbing the CFL East standings, unfortunately the hottest team in the CFL is headed into a bye week. Vernon Adams Jr was all over the field for the Alouettes in their victory, throwing for 191 yards, running for 44 yards, and he even caught a TD pass for 21 yards. William Stanback looks like the real deal, and the best Al’s running back since Mike Pringle
(5) Calgary Stampeders – The Stamps are barely treading water without the CFL’s best player, Bo Levi Mithell, but back-up QB Nick Arbuckle was able to lead his team to a victory at home against the Argo’s. Their next week’s match-up gets slightly harder, going into Ottawa to face the Red-Blacks.
(6) Saskatchewan Roughriders – Cody Fajardo was slingin it all over the field against the Lions last week, going 17-23 for 278 yards 2 passing TD’s and another 1 running. He also threw 2 picks, which means only 4 of his passes hit the ground. If Fajardo and Shaq Evans keep up their dominate play, it will open up all kinds of holes for former rushing leader William Powell. The Sask’s look to win both legs of their home and home with the Lions, this time traveling to B.C.
(7) Ottawa Red-Blacks – After getting soundly defeated by Winnipeg, Ottawa looks to rebound at home against the Stampeders. Dominique Davis has been ruled out for this game by Head Coach Rick Campbell, which looks like another start for Jonathon Jennings. Jennings looked awful in his first start as a RedBlack, going 6-15 for 45 yards and an interception before being pulled for backup Will Arndt. Arnt also struggled going 4-13 for 57 yards and an interception. The lone bright side going into this week against Calgary is John Crocket, and they are going to need him, especially if the cortisone shot Bo Levi Mitchell received on Tuesday allows him to play.
(8) British Columbia Lions – Mike Reilly must really be second guessing his decision to leave Edmonton this off-season to sign with the Lions. The CFL’s highest paid player has been inconsistent this year, playing well against Winnipeg, Calgary, and Saskatchewan while struggling against Toronto and twice against Edmonton. The Lions will be home to the Roughriders this week and they can’t afford a 6thloss if they want to be a playoff team.
(9) Toronto Argonauts – The boatmen are looking to get their first win of the year this week in Edmonton, taking on Trevor Harris and the Eskies. It’s been a tough year for the Argo’s, they showed good signs last week against Calgary, but 4 interceptions by McLeod Bethel-Thompson was the difference in the game. MBT needs to be better, he was all world talent surrounding him in RB James Wilder Jr., WR Armanti Edwards, and RB/Returner Chris Rainey