After another week of CFL action, here are your Week 7 CFL Power Rankings headlined by three West Division teams.
1 . Calgary Stampeders
Last week: 1
After going up 24-0 in the first quarter on Saturday the Stampeders ran into a little bit of a scare as the Roughriders managed to screenplay their way to 19 consecutive points. The Stampeders did manage to hang on and win to remain the lone perfect team in the CFL.
2. Edmonton Eskimos
Last week: 2
The Edmonton Eskimos went into Montreal and rolled over Vernon Adams Jr. and the Montreal Alouettes. Unfortunately, Mike Reilly’s 415-yard and five-touchdown performance was overshadowed by Johnny Manziel on the bench. The Eskimos will look to improve their win streak to three games as they host the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday.
3. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Last week: 3
Once again, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers embarrassed James Franklin and the Toronto Argonauts with a 26-point win. Andrew Harris played a small part in the offence this week as Nic Demski scored a pair of touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Bombers defence managed a total of five turnovers on three picks and two fumble recoveries with one of them going back for a touchdown. The Blue Bombers will get a week off before looking to continue their win streak against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
4. Ottawa Redblacks
Last week: 5
Trevor Harris and the Ottawa Redblacks marched into Tim Hortons Field and took a four-point lead over the Tiger-Cats for first place in the East. The Redblacks MOP against Hamilton was definitely rookie Lewis Ward who converted all seven of his field goal attempts to score 100% of his teams points. Despite allowing 383 yards of total offence the Redblacks defence and special teams managed to hold when it mattered and a couple field goals gone awry for the Tiger-Cats gave the Redblacks the hard-fought victory.
5. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Last week: 4
After going down 24-0 in the first quarter, the Roughriders put together a valiant effort to come back scoring 19 unanswered. Unfortunately they fell short and frustrations with the offence continue to build. It looks as though they will be getting Zach Collaros back in the near future as he was removed from the six-game injured list today. The Riders will be traveling to Commonwealth for a tough matchup against the Eskimos this Thursday.
6. BC Lions
Last week: 7
The B.C lions had this week off to recover and improve from a heartbreaking last-minute loss to the Redblacks. Things don’t get any easier for the Lions this Saturday as they travel to McMahon to face the undefeated Stampeders.
7. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Last week: 6
After back-to-back losses to Saskatchewan, things didn’t get any better for the Tiger-Cats last weekend. Jeremiah Masoli managed to find the end zone at the end of the game but the rest was an offensive disaster. John White only produced 25 yards on the ground on eight carries. The special teams failed to convert two field goals within 31 yards. The Tiger-Cats have now fully committed to Jeremiah Masoli by trading Johnny Manziel and adding another offensive weapon in Chris Williams. This offence will have a chance to stop their losing skid this week against the Montreal Alouettes in what will be considered a “must win” game for the struggling Tiger-Cats.
Last week: 8
Another humiliating loss seems to have spelled the end of the brief and disappointing James Franklin era in Toronto. Mcleod Bethel-Thompson will draw the start for the Argos this week against the Redblacks as they try and turn their season around.
9. Montreal Alouettes
Last week: 8
No surprise that the Montreal Alouettes lost again, this time at the hands of Mike Reilly and the Eskimos. Johnny Manziel was the talk of the CFL this weekend although he did not play a single snap. Look for him to get the start this weekend as the Alouettes look to get their second win and climb out of last place in the East against the stumbling Tiger-Cats.
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