TORONTO — We take our first steps into Week 9 of the CFL season, and we’re clear about one factor that hasn’t modified but. It is nonetheless the world of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and we’re all simply residing in it.
For now, a minimum of. The Bombers put collectively (but) one other spectacular win in Week 8, erasing the Stamps’ fourth-quarter deficit at McMahon Stadium, 35-28 to enhance to 8-0.
The Western Bombers (16 factors) lengthen their lead over the BC Lions (10 factors) and Stamps (eight factors), giving them some respiration room for the day they lastly endure a daily season loss and end on the backside. Their ft are a minimum of a bit nearer to the bottom.
Concerning the Lions and Stamps: The Bombers have crushed them each this season, however they’re proper on their heels as anybody within the league proper now. These three groups make up the cream of the CFL cop in the meanwhile and it reveals on this week’s energy rankings.
All the best way from 4-9, one thing attention-grabbing is beginning to occur in these remaining spots. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa REDBLACKS swept their Jap rivals in Week 9 and all of the sudden, the slow-starting division is poised to catch up. The Argos and Ticats will meet 4 instances in 5 weeks, and the Als will see the Ticats two extra instances over the following six weeks.
Out West, the Edmonton Elks are again in motion this week, sizing up the Saskatchewan Roughriders at 4-4 within the standings. It could be regular on the prime of the rankings on a week-to-week foundation, however issues might be turbulent for the remaining two-thirds of the record within the coming weeks.
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1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Final week: 1
Let’s take a second right here to understand the place the Bombers are and a number of the challenges surrounding this group. Key gamers like Greg Ellingson, Nick Demski (who simply returned this week) and Jackson Jeffcoat have been harm. It was just a few weeks with the BC Lions and the Calgary Stampeders and the then undefeated BC Lions and Calgary Stampeders. pointed out After win No. 8, the Bombers haven’t got a bye week but; There isn’t any distinction. The Bombers have discovered their option to a historic begin, now simply two wins away from the 1960 version of the Bombers and Edmonton’s 1955 group. This week’s problem: A slight turnaround heading right into a home-and-home sequence in opposition to a brand new rival within the Montreal Alouettes.
2. BC Lions
Final week: 3
The Lions secured an emphatic win on the highway in powerful situations on the Mosaic Stadium. The Raiders’ second-half blanking of the Lions was a group effort, as Nathan Rourke and firm scored 18 second-half factors, whereas the protection weighed in on Cody Fajardo and the Raiders, holding them off the scoreboard. A four-sack night time that got here with an interception. The win lastly made the distinction in what had been a robust begin for the 4 West groups. Pushing the Raiders all the way down to 4-4, the cream of the West crop now stands in Winnipeg, BC and Calgary.
3. Calgary Stampeders
Final week: 2
Seals might see the end line on Saturday night time. Taking a 28-25 lead at residence with simply over 5 minutes to play, the Stamps handed the Bombers their first lack of the season. As an alternative, Zach Collaros coolly (it is at all times performed coolly) discovered Dalton Schoen for his second landing of the night time, placing the sport out of attain. Each group within the league can say it at this level, however the Bombers have been a thorn within the Stampeders’ facet this season. They’re going to be centered on this week’s sport in Ottawa, however their third shot on the Bombers, which is available in Week 12, is definitely on their minds as they face one other shut loss to the defending Grey Cup champs.
4. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Final week: 5
The Raiders’ progress to this point has been a product of extra wins than their japanese counterparts. QB Cody Fajardo desperately must relaxation his ailing knee. He and his teammates might spend this week determining what went incorrect in how their once-dominant 4-1 file now sits over .500 because the season’s midpoint shortly approaches. The important thing to a comeback for the Raiders might be defending Fajardo. The group’s 29 sacks allowed are a league-worst.
5. Hamilton Tiger-Cat
Final week: 8
May it’s? For this whole 12 months, we waited for them to recover from the hump and at last get again to their profitable methods of the earlier two seasons. CFL.ca’s Marshall Ferguson was very eager on this article final week, the place he stated the Ticats’ protection must step up if the group is to win. Positive sufficient, that is what we noticed Thursday night time in opposition to the Alouettes, with Trevor Harris scrambling on almost a number of performs within the fourth quarter earlier than backing up Dominique Davis on Montreal’s remaining offensive play. The Ticats know that good groups do that persistently. They should attempt to do the identical this week in opposition to the Argos.
6. Toronto Argonauts
Final week: 4
Say hey to the sniff of parity within the East, which is able to make it extraordinarily tough to get the 4-9 spots on this standings. Argos shouldn’t be raked over the coals for being the Redblacks’ first sufferer this season; Everybody knew they had been due and higher than their disappointing file. The Argos could not maintain the momentum they’d of their pair of wins over Saskatchewan, with the Redblacks outscored within the second half, whereas their productive operating sport from final week disappeared at residence on Sunday. Composure on the sector has been a relentless drawback for this group and it harm them once more on Sunday. They should maintain it collectively throughout this upcoming interval of seeing the Ticats 4 instances in 5 weeks. This uncommon match-up provides these groups loads of room to make a push within the standings.
7. Edmonton Elks
Final week: 7
The Elks emerged from their bye week with some roster tweaks and indicators that they’re near getting some gamers again within the lineup. Regardless of all of the adversity this group has endured over the previous seven video games, they face an opportunity heading into the B.C. With the Raiders resting this week and dropping to 4-4, the Elks are not in the identical image as they had been final season within the West Division. So Tre Ford Healthy and ready to go In opposition to the Lions — do not let your dueling-starting-Canadian-QB-engine hesitate — Chris Jones could have an possibility to choose early this week.
8. Montreal Alouettes
Final week: 6
Thursday’s loss to the Tiger-Cats will sting an Als group that snuffed out a golden alternative to make a distinction within the East. Now sitting third within the standings behind Hamilton and Toronto, the Als have the unenviable job of going through the Bombers in a home-and-home sequence earlier than seeing the Ticats as soon as once more. On the penalty entrance, the Als had seven for 89 yards final week. That is barely beneath their season common of 8.7 penalties for 95 yards per sport.
9. Ottawa Redblack
Final week: 9
The Redblacks lastly turned the nook Sunday night time in Toronto due to a robust QB efficiency from Caleb Evans (24-29, 286 yards and two touchdowns) and a defensive effort that shut down the Argos within the second half. The REDBLACKS’ rating at this level solely displays their file. That first win was a giant one, however it completed behind Toronto, Hamilton and Montreal. The excellent news there’s that it is totally possible to suppose coach Paul LaPolice’s group can get sizzling and acquire some floor on their japanese rivals. If that occurs within the coming weeks, the facility rankings might begin to climb out of the cellar.