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CFL Week 7 Power Rankings: Ti-Cats On The Rise

1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Last Week: 1)

Winnipeg has had the top spot in the rankings locked up for weeks now, with no real signs of the team slowing down. Coming off of a nice win over the Elks, quarterback Zach Collaros still leads the CFL in passing yards (1,731 yards) and passing touchdowns (10 touchdowns). On top of that, running back Andrew Harris is currently 5th in rushing yards (353 yards), and quarterback Sean McGuire leads the league in rushing touchdowns (6 touchdowns). Wide receivers Darvin Adams, Kenny Lawler, Nic Demski, and Bailey Rasheed are all in the top 10 for receiving touchdowns, with Lawler and Demski also in the top 10 for receiving yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Bombers have the league’s top 2 sack leaders in defensive linemen Jackson Jeffcoat (5 sacks) and Willie Jefferson (2 sacks). Additionally, defensive back Deatrick Nichols is tied for 1st in the league in interceptions (3 ints).

They will have a bye in Week 8 but have what should be an interesting matchup with the BC Lions in Week 9.

2) Saskatchewan Roughriders (Last Week: 2)

The Roughriders are looking like they did a few weeks ago after a big week 7 win against the Argonauts. Quarterback Cody Fajardo looked to be completely healthy after a concussion scare and ended the day having completed 21/31 passes (67.7% comp) for 212 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception, also running the ball 8 times for 58 yards and 1 touchdown. Running back William Powell would have a breakout game, ending the day with 21 carries for 122 yards and 2 receptions for 15 yards.

It will be tough to beat this team late in the season, but they’ll have a difficult matchup in Week 8 against a BC Lions team that has been heating up.

3) BC Lions (Last Week: 3)

The Lions looked great in their Week 7 win over the Alouettes, with quarterback Michael Reilly ending the day having completed 21/25 passes (84.0% comp) for 308 yards and 2 touchdowns, also running the ball 5 times for 33 yards. Running back James Butler would rush 12 times for 36 yards and 1 touchdown, and wide receiver Lucky Whitehead would dominate in the air attack, ending the day with 6 receptions for 133 yards and 1 touchdown.

BC will have a chance to steal the number 2 spot in the rankings when they host the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Week 8.

4) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Last Week: 5)

With their top 2 quarterbacks out with injuries, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats pulled off a Week 7 win over the Calgary Stampeders without scoring an offensive touchdown. Quarterback David Watford ended the day having completed 19/22 passes (86.4% comp) for 149 yards and ran the ball 10 times for 35 yards. Kicker Taylor Bertolet was put to work, converting 5/5 field goals, and the team’s only touchdown would come on a pick 6 by Ti-Cats defensive back Simoni Lawrence.

Hamilton will look to keep things rolling when they travel to Ottawa in week 8 to face a struggling Redblacks team.

5) Toronto Argonauts (Last Week: 4)

The Argo’s are coming off a disappointing loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but they still played a good game. Quarterback Nick Arbuckle ended the day having completed 22/33 passes (66.7% comp) for 309 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception, also running the ball 3 times for 5 yards. Additionally, wide receiver Eric Rogers hauled in 4 receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown, and wide receiver Ricky Collins Jr would catch 6 receptions for 91 yards.

The Argonauts will host the Montreal Alouettes in Week 8.

6) Montreal Alouettes (Last Week: 6)

The Alouettes had a rough day through the air against the Lions, with quarterback Vernon Adams Jr completing 16/36 passes (44.4% comp) for 270 yards and 2 interceptions. They were able to get the ground game going, with running back William Stanback running the ball 18 times for 139 yards. Sadly, Stanback’s efforts could not help them pull off a win.

The Alouettes will travel to Toronto in Week 8 to face the Argonauts.

7) Calgary Stampeders (Last Week: 7)

Calgary had a rough week in Hamilton, where quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell played so poorly he was benched late in the game for rookie Jake Maier. Mitchell ended the day having completed 16/28 passes (57.1% comp) for 170 yards and an interception, while Maier ended the day completing 9/9 passes (100% comp) for 80 yards and 1 touchdown. Wide receiver Luther Hakunavanhu lead the team in receiving for the game, hauling in 4 receptions for 88 yards. With Mitchell’s lack of quality performances this season, the door may be beginning to open on a quarterback controversy.

The Stampeders have a bye in Week 8, then will go on to host the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Week 9.

8) Edmonton Elks (Last Week: 8)

Quarterback Taylor Cornelius got his first start for the Elks after Trevor Harris was added to the 6-game injured list due to a neck injury. It was not an ideal first start for Cornelius, who ended the day having completed 19/33 passes (57.6% comp) for 243 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions in their loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Running back James Wilder Jr carried the ball 14 times for 71 yards and 2 touchdowns and caught 3 passes for 30 yards, while Wide receivers Mike Jones, Greg Ellingson, and Derel Walker would all contribute heavily in the air attack.

The Elks have a bye in Week 8 but will travel to Ottawa in week 9 to face a struggling Redblacks team.

9) Ottawa Redblacks (Last Week: 9)

The Redblacks are on a 4-game losing streak and coming off of a Week 7 bye. The defense has looked good at times, but Dominique Davis and the offense have needed some help. They’ll host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Week 8 for another difficult matchup.

Matt Lyons is a Writer/Contributor at XFL News Hub & CFL News Hub, covering the XFL, USFL, CFL, TSL, and ELF since August of 2020.

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