Alas, it is time again for the weekly CFL power rankings, this the Week 8 edition. What a week it was. As usual, anything can happen and often does in this crazy Canadian game. From major upsets to last-second comebacks, again this week had it all.
What did the outcomes mean to the power rankings for this week you might ask? Well wonder no more. There is a new number one in town, so read on to see which team takes on the title for Week 8.
CFL Week 8 Power Rankings
1) Calgary Stampeders (5-2)
Last Week Ranking: 4
The Calgary Stampeders find themselves in a first-place tie with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL West. This despite losing their franchise quarterback, Bo Levi Mitchell to injury in Week 3. Simply put, the Stamps know how to win and it showed it again this week with a 24-18 win over their provincial rivals, the Edmonton Eskimos. With Mitchell looking to get back into the lineup fairly soon, the Stamps appear to be the class of the league yet again.
2) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (5-2)
Last Week Ranking: 2
Despite losing to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Week 8, the Tiger-Cats are still one of the premier teams in the CFL. With a solid defence, a capable backup starting quarterback, and some dangerous weapons on offence, the Cats should be able to compile quite a few more wins this season. With three of their next four games against Toronto and B.C., it will be hard to imagine the Tiger-Cats slipping down the standings in the CFL’s East Division.
3) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-2)
Last Week Ranking: 1
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. A case can most certainly be made for the Bombers to be even lower in these ranks. Especially after losing to the 0-6 Argos last week. Nevermind blowing a 20-point lead in that game. Unbelievable! Despite that, I don’t think the Bombers are worse than any other team listed below. At least not yet.
4) Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-3)
Last Week Ranking: 6
Winning three in a row has the Saskatchewan Roughriders jumping a couple of spots in this week’s rankings. Sure two of the wins were against B.C., but this latest victory was a gut check win coming from behind to defeat Hamilton. The Roughriders look like a team finding their identity on the arm and legs of quarterback Cody Fajardo.
5) Edmonton Eskimos (4-3)
Last Week Ranking: 3
The Edmonton Eskimos might be a really good team, but until they can beat Calgary this team will wade around mediocrity. Jason Maas has never beaten the Stamps in Calgary as a head coach, and quarterback Trevor Harris hasn’t beaten Calgary, well, anywhere. The Ottawa Redblacks are next up for the Eskimos which will be an interesting test for the Esks.
6) Montreal Alouettes (3-3)
Last Week Ranking: 5
The Alouettes slip a spot after losing an overtime game in Week 8 to the Ottawa Redblacks. Coming off of a bye week, the Alouettes had won three in a row but couldn’t close off the Redblacks despite having an early lead. The Alouettes will need to clean up some special teams issues if they are going to move back up in these rankings or in the standings.
7) Ottawa Redblacks (3-4)
Last Week Ranking: 7
Despite winning 30-27 against the Alouettes last week, the Redblacks don’t move up a spot in the rankings. The Redblacks seem to be a bit of a work in progress, and still need to find their identity heading into the middle part of the season.
8) Toronto Argonauts (1-6)
Last Week Ranking: 9
They did it! They freaking did it! The Toronto Argonauts won a game. But they did not beat just any team. No, they beat one of the best teams in the CFL, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. A come from behind victory, the Argos showed they have some character in their room and should be taken seriously. At least for one more week.
9) B.C. Lions (1-6)
Last Week Ranking: 8
The B.C. Lions deserve to be in the last place in these rankings despite being on a bye week. Why? Well, they aren’t that good. Don’t believe me? Just watch them.
The Last Word
Massive movement this week in the CFL power rankings. And if I am being honest, that is the way it should be in the CFL. Movement like this speaks to the uniqueness and the unpredictability of this great game.
What does Week 9 have in store? Who knows, but I can’t wait to find out.
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