We predicted a storm last week and we saw it. A stunner capped Week 8, which also saw the standings get shuffled a bit. However, amidst all the changes, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers remained unbeaten to stay atop the CFL, and this week’s Power Rankings. Their CFL football betting odds are chalky, and any betting against them has proven to be foolhardy thus far.
Where CFL Teams Stand Heading To Week 9
Our rankings are based on two criteria: 1) the team’s current performance, and 2) the team’s outlook for the season.
1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (8-0)
- Last Week: 1
So, no breaks and no problem. The Blue Bombers keep rolling, as they took out the Stampeders by the same one-touchdown margin as a couple of weeks ago. Winnipeg’s just the fifth CFL team to start a season 8-0, and they also improved to 6-2 against the spread (ATS).
Next: Thursday at Montreal Alouettes (2-5)
2. BC Lions (5-1)
- Last Week: 3
The Lions reclaim the second spot by handling the Roughriders in their own backyard. Nathan Rourke lit up the vaunted defense of Saskatchewan, throwing for 336 yards and two scores at an 81.8 percent clip. He’s a top MOP candidate as BC continues to cash bets online.
Next: Saturday vs Edmonton Elks (2-5)
3. Calgary Stampeders (4-2)
- Last Week: 2
Whiler losing to Winnipeg is one thing, but losing to it twice in a row? Having an extra week to prepare for the Blue Bombers didn’t help. Dave Dickenson’s crew struggled to reach the end zone again, as Bo Levi Mitchell scored no touchdowns. Calgary lost its first home game this season.
Next: Friday at Ottawa Redblacks (1-6)
4. Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-4)
- Last Week: 5
Make it three straight losses now. Saskatchewan was outclassed by the Lions, as the offense looked as frail as you’d expect. Now at 4-4, all of Saskatchewan’s wins have come against three of the worst four teams in the league. Now, they get a much-needed bye week and move up the rankings because…
Next: at Edmonton Elks (2-5) (Week 10)
5. Toronto Argonauts (3-3)
- Last Week: 4
…Toronto lost to by the Redblacks in their own stadium. Just when the Argonauts looked to be contenders with consecutive wins over Saskatchewan, they crapped the proverbial bed against Ottawa. We still don’t know what to think of Toronto. They can’t afford another “L,” however.
Next: Saturday vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2-5)
6. Edmonton Elks (2-5)
- Last Week: 6
Edmonton is returning to action from a bye, remaining in their current spot in the rankings. If they can maintain the momentum from their game against Winnipeg, perhaps the Elks could just surprise the Lions. The online sportsbook is pegging them as massive underdogs, but Edmonton is 3-1 ATS on the road.
Next: Saturday at BC Lions (5-1)
7. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2-5)
- Last Week: 8
Hamilton took out Montreal, moving to second place in the East. With a game against Toronto, the team is suddenly threatening the division lead. Matthew Shiltz got plenty of burn alongside Dane Evans. Splitting duties worked well for them with Jeremiah Masoli. Why not with Shiltz?
Next: Saturday at Toronto Argonauts (3-3)
8. Montreal Alouettes (2-5)
- Last Week: 7
We were tempted to drop Montreal to the last spot, They still hold a recent win over Ottawa. However, it’s becoming more apparent this team is closer to finishing last in the division than making a run at the postseason. At least Montreal did not commit a dozen penalties.
Next: Thursday vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers (8-0)
9. Ottawa Redblacks (1-6)
- Last Week: 9
Hooray! The Redblacks finally won a game, 23-13 at Toronto. Paul LaPolice and his staff aren’t breathing any easier as Ottawa hosts Calgary. Despite struggling, the playoffs are still possible. If Caleb Evans can continue progressing and the defense is inspired, Ottawa should not be forked.
Next: Friday vs Calgary Stampeders (4-2)