I've decided to do a weekly CFL Power Rankings. It's week 8 already, but it's never too late to start!
1) Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-1) (West Division)
As much as it pains me to say it, Saskatchewan has been the best in the CFL this season. They lost last week to Calgary, but that's not enough to take them out of this spot. They've had 3 QBs play this year due to injury which just makes them more impressive. Their RB. Wes Cates leads the CFL in rushing with 652 yards and 7 TDs. Other than Cates, this team doesn't have anyone who has performed like a superstar but they just play so well together. I'm willing to give Ken Miller the Coach of the Year award.
2) Calgary Stampeders (4-3) (West Division)
They were the only team that was able to beat Saskatchewan, so they get this spot. Henry Burris (yes, that Henry Burris) has been great so far, throwing for 2159 yards, 13 TDs and a completion% of 68.5. Joffrey Reynolds has done well with 582 yards rushing and 6 TDs. Ken-Yon Rambo has been fantastic with 609 yards receiving and 3 TDs, while Nik Lewis has been no slouch either with 445 yards and 6 TDs. The defense has let them down so far this year and that's why they're 4-3.
3) Montreal Alouettes (4-3) (East Division)
The beasts of the east, their offense has scored more points than any other offense in the CFL. Anthony Calvillo has had a bounce-back MVP worthy season so far with 2269 yards passing with 17 TDs and a QB rating of 107.7. Avon Cobourne has been the biggest playmaker in the CFL this season with 608 yards rushing and 4 TDs with a 6.8 YPC and 360 yards receiving. Kerry Watkins has been the go-to-guy for Calvillo as he has 568 yards receiving and 6 TDs. They also have the best pass-rush in the CFL as they lead the league in sacks. Why not have them at #2? Their weak division has helped them immensely.
4) British Columbia Lions (4-3) (West Division)
Inconsistent play from starter Jarious Jackson has cost this team some Ws. Jackson has thrown a league leading 10 INTs so far but his play has been improving. Joe Smith is the starting RB and even though he's struggling mightily this season, the team will not bench him. Backup RB Stefan Logan has 303 yards rushing with a 7.2 YPC in only 3 starts. Paris Jackson leads this team in receiving with 526 yards and 2 TDs. The CFL's best receiver, Geroy Simon, has 483 yards and 3 TDs. Their defense has been steadily improving and Barron Miles leads the league in INTs with 4.
5) Edmonton Eskimos (4-3) (West Division)
This team has been riddled with injuries, the most serious being the career ending neck injury by top receiver Jason Tucker. They have the CFL's leading passer, Ricky Ray, who has 2389 yards and 12 TDs through the air. A.J Harris has been decent at RB, but wouldn't be starting on any other team. Kelly Campbell leads them in receiving with 501 yards receiving with 4 TDs. This team has gotten off to a good start, but started to show the affects of the injuries in their loss to the Lions. Enjoy the early success Edmonton fans, it's downhill from here.
6) Toronto Argonauts (3-4) (East Division)
They added CFL MOP Kerry Joseph in the offseason, but their offense has still stunk. Joseph has thrown for 1620 yards but only 4 TDs and 6 INTs while having 269 yards rushing with 3 TDs. Import receivers David Boston and Bethel Johnson have missed most of the season. They have a big playmaker in Dominique Dorsey, who takes about half of the snaps at RB while also returning kicks and punts. Their leading receiver is Arland Bruce with 376 yards and 3 TDs. The reason they've managed to stay close to .500 is their incredible pass defense. You cannot go deep against them and they are the hardest hitting secondary in the CFL. Their run defense is suspect, however.
7) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2-5) (Eastern Division)
They beat Toronto last week quite convincingly, but this team is very inconsistent, so I'm not putting much stock into it. Their starting QB, Casey Printers has yet to throw a TD pass this year while their backup, Richie Williams, has thrown 3. They've each thrown 4 INTs. This team's forte is their running game with bulldozer Jesse Lumsden and speedster Tre Smith. Lumsden is 4th in the CFL in rushing while Smith is 8th. No receiver on this team is worth talking about. The defense is energetic, led by tackling machine Zeke (and destroy) Moreno but they are very inconsistent and they have a weak pass rush.
8) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1-6) (Eastern Division)
Grey Cup favorites at the start of the season, the Blue Bombers are the Miami Dolphins of the CFL. Their QBs have combined to throw 13 INTs with 6 TDs. Charles Roberts has struggled mightily as he only has 324 yards rushing with 2 TDs. Both of these things can be attributed to one thing. Lack of cohesion on the O-Line. This is a talented group that just can't work together. They have 2 All-CFL Tackles and a first-round pick at guard. Romby Bryant has been the lone bright spot on this team and in his rookie season he has developed into the ultimate deep-threat. He leads the CFL with 627 receiving yards on just 29 receptions. On defence, they lost their leader and arguably the best MLB in the CFL, Barrin Simpson, for the season. They have a great D-Line but a below average secondary. Why they're this bad, I can't tell you.
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