LIVE CFL DRAFT COVERAGE 2023
1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Last Week: 1)
The Bombers are coming off a 45-0 blowout win against the BC Lions and clinched the top spot in the West Division, also still holding the 1 spot in the power rankings. After their 8th straight win, it is now official that the Bombers will host the West Division Final on December 5th.
Winnipeg is still very clearly the team to beat in the CFL. Quarterback Zach Collaros is at the top of the passing leaderboards with 2,832 yards and 18 touchdowns on the season, while quarterback Sean McGuire still leads the league in rushing touchdowns with 7. Running back Brady Oliveira started their last game in place of the injured Andrew Harris and ended the day with 17 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown.
The defense and special teams would put on a show against BC as well, with defensive lineman Willie Jefferson returning an interception for a touchdown, and Janarion Grant returning a punt for a touchdown.
The Blue Bombers have a Week 13 bye, followed by a Week 14 game against the Montreal Alouettes in Winnipeg.
2) Saskatchewan Roughriders (Last Week: 4)
The Roughriders are coming off a 20-17 win against the Calgary Stampeders and retake the number 2 spot in the rankings.
Saskatchewan now sits in 2nd place of the West Division, with a 1 game lead on the Stampeders. Quarterback Cody Fajardo ended their most recent game having completed 21/26 passes (80.8% comp) for 222 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception, also taking 6 carries for 18 yards. Running back William Powell ended the day with 9 carries for 43 yards, and wide receiver D’Haquille Williams hauled in 3 receptions for 48 yards, also recovering a crucial onside kick in his season debut. Additionally, wide receiver Kyran Moore racked up 6 receptions for 64 yards and 1 touchdown, and wide receiver Brayden Lenius brought in 3 receptions for 44 yards and 1 touchdown.
The Riders travel to Montreal in Week 13 for a matchup with the Alouettes.
3) Calgary Stampeders (Last Week: 3)
The Stamps hold onto the number 3 spot in the rankings after losing a close game to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Week 12.
Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell ended the game having completed 21/31 passes (67.7% comp) for 311 yards, 1 touchdown, and 3 interceptions, while running back Ka’Deem Carey would take 15 carries for 62 yards and 1 touchdown. The problem for the Stamps was the excessive turnovers, and despite those, they still played a decently close game. Sitting at 3rd place in the West Division with a record of 5-6 and their final 4 games of the season coming against the Bombers 2 times, the Redblacks, and the Lions, anything is still possible for the Stampeders.
Calgary will travel to Ottawa for a matchup with the Redblacks in Week 13.
4) Montreal Alouettes (Last Week: 5)
The Alouettes are coming off a dominant 37-16 win over the Argonauts and move up to the 4th spot in the rankings.
Running back William Stanback would have a career game against the Argo’s, ending the day with 24 carries for 203 yards and 1 touchdown, while quarterback Matt Schiltz ended the day having completed 12/18 passes (66.7% comp) for 212 yards and 2 touchdowns. This team now sits atop the East Division, but holding onto that spot will be no easy task with upcoming games against the Blue Bombers and Roughriders in the season’s final weeks.
Montreal will host a matchup with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Week 13.
5) Toronto Argonauts (Last Week: 2)
The Argo’s fall 3 spots in the rankings after a rough loss to the Alouettes in Week 12. This may seem a bit harsh, but the CFL’s current middle-of-the-pack teams appear to all be very close in skill. The Argo’s still sit at 2nd place in the East Division, and with their final 4 games of the year coming against the Lions, Redblacks, Tiger-Cats, and Elks, they’ll have a good chance to work their way back up the rankings relatively quick.
Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson had a rough day against the Alouettes, ending the day having completed 25/40 passes (62.5% comp) for 291 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions, also adding 1 rush for 19 yards. Both the Argo’s touchdowns would come on the ground from quarterback Antonio Pipkin, who’d end the day with 4 rushes for 10 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Toronto is set to host a matchup with the BC Lions in Week 13.
6) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Last Week: 6)
The Ti-Cats are coming off a 32-3 blowout win over the Ottawa Redblacks in Week 12 and hold onto the 6th spot in the rankings.
While they did beat Ottawa in a dominating fashion, it was just the Redblacks. Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli ended the day having completed 25/28 passes (89.3% comp) for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns, also adding 2 runs for 33 yards. A potential trip to the playoffs is still very possible for Hamilton who currently sits 1 game behind both the Argonauts and the Alouettes in the East Division standings with a 5-5 record.
The Tiger-Cats travel to Edmonton in Week 13 for a matchup with the Elks.
7) BC Lions (Last Week: 6)
The Lions are coming off an embarrassing 45-0 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and fall to the 7th spot in the rankings.
Even the Elks put up more of a fight against Winnipeg than the Lions did in Week 12. Quarterback Michael Reilly ended the game having completed 15/31 passes (48.4% comp) for 131 yards, 0 touchdowns, and an interception, while running back James Butler took 6 carries for 41 yards.
The Lions will have another tough matchup in Week 13 when they face the Argonauts in Toronto.
8) Ottawa Redblacks (Last Week: 8)
The Redblacks remain in the 8th spot in the rankings after a rough loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Week 12.
Sitting with a 2-9 record at the bottom of the East Division, the Redblacks should be looking for ways to improve for next season. Ottawa went with a 2 quarterback system against the Ti-Cats, with Caleb Evans getting the start and Devlin Hodges coming in for a handful of different packages. Evans ended the game having completed 12/15 passes (80% comp) for 138 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions, while Hodges completed 8/16 passes (50% comp) for 49 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception.
Ottawa will host the Calgary Stampeders in Week 13.
9) Edmonton Elks (Last Week: 9)
The Elks are coming off a bye in Week 12 and remain seated at the bottom of the power rankings.
The season is basically over for the Elks, and the team should be definitely looking for things to build on for next year. While it seems quarterback Taylor Cornelius has brought some new life to this offense, the Elks sit with a 2-7 record in last place of the West Division, and their remaining games will not be easy, especially with their final 3 games coming over a 7-day span.
Edmonton will host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Week 13.
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