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CFL Week 8 Power Rankings: A Storm is Coming

Matchups Could Shake Up These Rankings

A storm is brewing in the CFL. Week 8 features matchups that could finally give these power rankings a little shake. However, this week’s power rankings are more of the same. We thought about keeping the list literally the same as Week 7’s, but did a bit of shuffling given the previous results. The CFL football odds remain mostly unchanged on the sportsbook.

Where CFL Teams Stand Heading to Week 8

Our rankings are based on two criteria: 1) the team’s current performance, and 2) the team’s outlook for the season.

CFL Week 8 Power Rankings: A Storm Is Coming…
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1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (7-0)

  • Last Week: 1

It’s becoming obvious that the Blue Bombers are playing to their level of competition as they did not look good against Edmonton. Zach Collaros had his worst passing game of the season and the offense managed a measly 274 yards. And yet Winnipeg found a way to win and cover their spread on the  online sport gambling lines.

Next Game: at Calgary Stampeders (4-1)

2. Calgary Stampeders (4-1)

  • Last Week: 2

Calgary stays put at the runner-up spot after getting a week off to further analyze the Blue Bombers. This week, the Stampeders welcome Winnipeg to their house. They are 2-0 at the McMahon Stadium this season and are 4-1 against the Bombers the last five times they hosted them.

Next Game: vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers (7-0)

3. BC Lions (4-1)

  • Last Week: 3

The Lions edged their fellow felines in their return from a bye. It was not the most exciting game, though BC proved that its defense can play. Nathan Rourke threw two picks but led the Lions to a win and remains one of the favorites to win the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player (MOP) award.

Next Game: at Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-3)

4. Toronto Argonauts (3-2)

  • Last Week: 4

Two straight wins against Saskatchewan have Toronto on top of the East and firmly in our No. 4 spot. Andrew Harris had his best game of the year with 188 scrimmage yards. He also became the first Canadian to reach 10,000 career rushing yards.

Next Game: vs Ottawa Redblacks (0-6)

5. Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-3)

  • Last Week: 5

Despite another loss to Toronto, the Roughriders hang on to the fifth spot thanks to external forces holding the team back. Duke Williams should return from his suspension and Cody Fajardo is able to play through his knee injury. But with a game against BC, Saskatchewan could be 4-4 heading to their bye.

Next Game: vs BC Lions (4-1)

6. Edmonton Elks (2-5)

  • Last Week: 6

We’re not faulting the Elks for losing to Winnipeg nor are we blaming anyone who  bet online on them to cover the spread. Edmonton’s defense made the Grey Cup champs look disorganized. Taylor Cornelius continued to improve as a quarterback. Despite having the worst point differential, Edmonton is actually trending.

Next Game: Week 9 at BC Lions (4-1)

7. Montreal Alouettes (2-4)

  • Last Week: 8

Beating the Redblacks by a touchdown isn’t enough to move Montreal into the top six. Trevor Harris played well, throwing for 341 yards and two scores. But the defense remained problematic and the team remained undisciplined even in new coach Danny Maciocia’s second game.

Next Game: at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-5)

8. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-5)

  • Last Week: 7

The Tiger-Cats acquitted themselves well in a short week. Still, a loss is a loss. Fortunately, Hamilton gets to face Toronto and Montreal for the next six weeks, thus giving them a good chance to get on top of the division. Come Week 14, these “Tabbies” may be sitting in the top four of these rankings.

Next Game: vs Montreal Alouettes (2-4)

9. Ottawa Redblacks (0-6)

  • Last Week: 9

It’s the same song and dance for Ottawa: The team was in a position to tie the game but found a way to lose. There is some bad mojo going on around the organization and one wonders if coach Paul LaPolice can make it to the Week 10 bye if the team is still winless at that point.

Next Game: at Toronto Argonauts (3-2)

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