1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Last Week: 1)
Winnipeg is coming off a 30-3 win against the Edmonton Elks and continues to hold the top spot in the power rankings.
This team is clearly the best in the league. Quarterback Zach Collaros is still at the top of the passing yards leaderboard (2,355) and is also 2nd in the league in passing touchdowns (13). Quarterback Sean McGuire still leads the league in rushing touchdowns (7), and running back Andrew Harris has worked his way up the rushing leaderboards. Harris is currently 3rd in the league in rushing yards (584) and is tied for 3rd in the league in rushing touchdowns (3). The team was without wide receiver Kenny Lawler for their matchup with the Elks, but he still leads the league in receiving yards (703) and is tied for 2nd in the league in receiving touchdowns (4).
Defensively, Jackson Jeffcoat, Willie Jefferson, and Adam Bighill have been wreaking havoc in the front 7, while DeAundre Alford and Deatrick Nichols have been flying around in the secondary.
The Bombers will have a bye in Week 11, followed by a home game in Week 12 where they’ll host the BC Lions.
2) Toronto Argonauts (Last Week: 2)
The Argo’s are coming off a week in which they played in and won 2 games, keeping them in the number 2 spot in the rankings. The 1st win of the week came against the Ottawa Redblacks in Toronto, while the other was versus the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton.
McLeod Bethel-Thompson is currently 4-1 as the team’s starting quarterback and has helped lead the boatmen to the top of the East Division standings. Additionally, Bethel-Thompson is now 4th in the league in passing touchdowns (9) despite only starting 5 games so far this season. As a team, the Argo’s have one of the better passing offenses in the league. They currently have the 2nd most passing yards (2,506) and are tied with the Alouettes for the most points scored through the air (84).
Toronto will have a much-needed bye in Week 11, followed by a Week 12 matchup in Montreal against the Alouettes.
3) Calgary Stampeders (Last Week: 6)
The Stamps take over the number 3 spot in the rankings after another big win in Week 10 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
For the last 2 weeks, the Stampeders have been looking like their old selves. Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell ended the game having completed 20/28 passes (71.4% comp) for 296 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. Running back Ka’Deem Carey would run the ball 20 times for 109 yards and haul in 5 receptions for 69 yards. Wide receiver Markeith Ambles would catch 2 passes for 84 yards and 1 touchdown, and wide receiver Josh Huff would bring in 5 receptions for 74 yards.
The Stampeders will be on the road in Week 11 for a matchup against the BC Lions, who will be fresh off of a Week 10 bye.
4) Saskatchewan Roughriders (Last Week: 3)
The Roughriders fall a spot in the rankings after their 2nd loss in a row to the Calgary Stampeders.
The Riders have been struggling to close out games in their last 2 matchups. In their most recent loss, Quarterback Cody Fajardo ended the day having completed 20/31 passes (64.5% comp) for 191 yards and 1 touchdown, with wide receiver Kryan Moore hauling in 6 receptions for 73 yards. Additionally, wide receiver Ricardo Louis brought in 2 receptions for 25 yards and 1 touchdown.
Saskatchewan is currently number 2 in the West Division standings with a record of 5-4 and will have a bye in Week 11. Their next game will be another matchup against the Calgary Stampeders in Week 12.
5) Montreal Alouettes (Last Week: 5)
The Alouettes stay in the number 5 spot after beating the Ottawa Redblacks in Week 10.
While they pulled off the win, it was not a very pretty one. Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr would end the day having completed 12/21 passes (57.1% comp) for 157 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception before leaving the game late in the 4th quarter with a shoulder injury. Backup quarterback Matt Shiltz would close things out for Adams, entering the game in the final 2 minutes and leading a game-winning touchdown drive. Shiltz ended the day having completed 3/3 passes (100% comp) for 36 yards. Running back Cameron Artis-Payne would be the highlight of the offensive unit, taking 21 carries for 122 yards and 1 touchdown, also bringing in 4 receptions for 27 yards.
The Alouettes will have a Week 11 rematch with the Redblacks in Ottawa.
6) BC Lions (Last Week: 4)
Coming off of a Week 10 bye, the Lions move down 2 spots in the rankings.
This may seem a bit harsh, but the reality is teams in the middle of the pack are all pretty close in skill level. They’ll have a chance to move back up the rankings when they host the Calgary Stampeders in Week 11. Both teams currently have 4 wins on the season, making the upcoming matchup a crucial one for playoff seeding in the West Division.
7) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Last Week: 7)
The Ti-Cats stay in the number 7 spot after a 1-point loss to the Toronto Argonauts.
This was a tough loss for Hamilton as they played a great game. Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli ended the game having completed 24/33 passes (72.7% comp) for 361 yards and 2 touchdowns; he’d also run the ball 4 times for 23 yards. Hamilton may be ranked in the bottom half of the power rankings, but they sit with a 4-5 record in 3rd place of the East Division. In reality, the CFL’s middle of the pack teams are all so close together that 7th sounds a lot worse than it probably is skill-wise.
The Tiger-Cats will have a Week 11 bye, followed by a matchup in Hamilton with the Ottawa Redblacks.
8) Ottawa Redblacks (Last Week: 8)
The Redblacks are coming off a rough week in which they played in and lost 2 games. The 1st loss came against the Toronto Argonauts, with the 2nd coming in a very close game against the Montreal Alouettes.
Ottawa is now sitting at the bottom of the East Division with a record of 2-7, and the schedule is not getting any easier for them. Quarterback Caleb Evans has brought more of a spark to this offense than existed previously, but the Redblacks still need some help and are not very likely to make the playoffs.
The Redblacks will host a rematch against the Montreal Alouettes in Week 11.
9) Edmonton Elks (Last Week: 9)
The Elks stay at the bottom of the rankings after a bad loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Week 10.
This team seems to be falling apart more and more the deeper we get into the season. The team sits at the bottom of the West Division with a record of 2-6 on the year. Quarterback Trevor Harris was benched in Week 10, and backup Taylor Cornelius is expected to get the start in Week 11 when the Elks host the Bombers for a rematch.
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