LIVE CFL DRAFT COVERAGE 2023
1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Last Week: 1)
The Bombers continue to dominate the rankings, holding onto the number 1 spot for another week.
This team has been unstoppable for most of the year. Quarterback Zach Collaros still leads the league in passing yards (2,148) and is 2nd in the league in passing touchdowns (12), while Quarterback Sean McGuire still leads the league in rushing touchdowns (7). Wide receiver Kenny Lawler leads the league in receiving yards (703) and is 4th in receiving touchdowns (4).
The Bombers look to keep their win streak going when they face the Edmonton Elks in Week 10.
2) Toronto Argonauts (Last Week: 5)
The Argonauts are coming off a bye and move up to the number 2 spot after every team above them in the rankings except for the Blue Bombers took a loss in week 9. This team could quickly move back down the rankings depending on what happens this week as the Argo’s have 2 games in Week 10.
Their first matchup of the week will be at home versus the Ottawa Redblacks on Wednesday the 6th, while the 2nd game will be played in Hamilton against the Tiger-Cats on Monday the 11th.
3) Saskatchewan Roughriders (Last Week: 2)
The Roughriders drop a spot in the rankings after a tough loss to the Calgary Stampeders.
Quarterback Cody Fajardo ended the day having completed 24/44 passes (56.8% Comp) for 269 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception, missing a handful of throws that he would typically make without issues. With the roughriders not playing their best football right now, and 2 more games against the Stampeders this season, they will need to clean things up if they want to stay in the position to make the playoffs.
The Roughriders will host the Calgary Stampeders in week 10.
4) BC Lions (Last Week: 3)
The Lions fall to the number 4 spot in the rankings after a loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in week 9.
Quarterback Michael Reilly ended the day having completed 17/27 passes (63.0% comp) for only 177 yards and 0 touchdowns while being sacked 5 times throughout the game. A few weeks ago, the Lions had worked their way into the conversation of being one of the best teams in the West Division, but after losses in back-to-back games against the Roughriders and Blue Bombers, this team now must focus on holding onto the 3rd seed.
The BC Lions will have a bye in week 10, followed by a home game against the Calgary Stampeders in Week 11.
5) Montreal Alouettes (Last Week: 6)
The Alouettes take the number 5 spot in the rankings after an overtime win against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Week 9.
Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr led the team to a comeback win in overtime after overcoming a 14 point deficit and what appeared to be a painful ankle injury. Adams finished the game having completed 17/26 passes (65.4% comp) for 209 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Despite pulling off the win, the team looked sloppy at times and has a lot to clean up if they want to move ahead of Hamilton in the East Division standings.
The Montreal Alouettes will host the Ottawa Redblacks in Week 10.
6) Calgary Stampeders (Last Week: 7)
The Stamps stay in the number 6 spot after a win against the Roughriders in week 9.
Bo Levi Mitchell had one of his better performances of the season, ending the game having completed 16/25 passes (64% comp) for 184 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Sadly Mitchell’s health is again in question after he missed the final few offensive plays of the game.
The Stampeders will have a rematch with the Roughriders in Saskatchewan in Week 10.
7) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Last Week: 4)
The Ti-Cats drop to the number 7 spot following a loss to the Montreal Alouettes in an exciting overtime game.
Dropping 3 spots for that close of a game may seem harsh, but the reality is, the middle of the pack is very close together skill-wise. As of now, the Ti-Cats are much closer in skill to some of the teams above them in the rankings rather than the number 8 ranked Redblacks.
Hamilton will host the Toronto Argonauts in Week 10.
8) Ottawa Redblacks (Last Week: 8)
Ottawa finally moves out of the bottom spot in the rankings after a win against the Edmonton Elks.
Quarterback Caleb Evans looked good in his first CFL game, ending the day having completed 15/22 passes (68.2% comp) for 191 yards and 3 touchdowns. Evans would also run the ball 7 times for 59 yards.
The Redblacks will have 2 games in week 10, the first being against the Toronto Argonauts on Wednesday the 6th and the second against the Montreal Alouettes on Monday the 11th.
9) Edmonton Elks (Last Week: 9)
The Edmonton Elks move to the bottom of the rankings following a loss to the Ottawa Redblacks for the 2nd time this season. Edmonton has racked up stats throughout the season, but finishing games has been an issue.
Starting quarterback Trevor Harris making his return in week 10 should help, but this team’s issues go far deeper than an injured quarterback. With the talent on Edmonton’s roster and the stats some players have been posting, It’s hard to put most of the blame on them. This team has plenty of talent but has gotten minimal production from many, and finding ways to get players to produce falls on Jaime Elizondo and the coaching staff.
The Elks will have a difficult matchup against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Week 10.
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