When West meets East, the results were actually closer than you’d think. In a couple low-scoring contests, Edmonton went down to the wire with Ottawa, while the lowly Alouettes kept the heat on Saskatchewan while holding them under 20. Even Hamilton managed to hang in there against Calgary for the better part of the game, and…wait for it…the Argos actually beat Winnipeg! That’s what, the third interconference win for the East all season? Hey, if the league only had one division, nobody west of Winnipeg would miss the playoffs–but then they’d probably hafta implement a participation prize for all those kids on the short bus. I’m looking at you, Hennnnnryyyyy!
Last Week’s Rankings
1. Calgary Stampeders (6-1) Last Week: 1. The Stamps kept rolling through the East last week, and with a trip to Ottawa in the cards (Yuuuup, I’ll be there!), it seems pretty likely they’ll be 7-1 going into the Labour Day Classic. While they don’t always score the most on offence, Calgary still has the stingiest D in the CFL…although they’ve allowed just one fewer point than the Eskies. Should be a pretty solid series come September!
2. Edmonton Eskimos (6-1) Last Week: 2. OK, so being down late to an expansion team was kinda scary. To their credit, the Esks held Ottawa outta the end zone, but some costly turnovers on their part kept things closer than they shouldda been. I oughtta drop ‘em in the polls, but the only team below that played much better in Week Eight was several spots lower in last week’s rankings, which brings us to…
3. B.C. Lions (5-3) Last Week: 5. Though they waited all week for a Sunday night, the Lions saved the best for last, putting up 20 points in the fourth quarter to hand the Argos a
neutral site home loss. Most impressively, their defence guided Ricky Ray his worst outing in quite some time: 23-39, 181 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT. And while Kevin Glenn wasn’t great, he outshone Travis Lulay, who was seemingly tackled or sacked on every snap he took. They may still be in last place, but with three straight wins, B.C. is turning the West into a five-horse race. Too bad one of them won’t even make the playoffs!
4. Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-2) Last Week: 3. The Riders have now won four straight, but they haven’t been putting up a lotta points of late–just 39 in the last two weeks combined. And this was against teams like Winnipeg (25.1 ppg allowed) and Montreal (27.6 ppg allowed) not known for keeping opponents in check. Will be interesting to see whose streak comes to an end when they travel to Vancouver next Sunday!
5. Toronto Argonauts (3-5) Last Week: 7. The Argos actually played twice in Week Eight, and they did managed to win one, putting 38 points on the board against Winnipeg. So they couldn’t beat B.C. on short rest, but by virtue of their 3-5 mark, they are now four points up on the rest of the Least Division. Too bad the Rogers Centre won’t provide much of a homefield advantage come playoff time!
6. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-3) Last Week: 4. Make that two straight losses for Winnipeg, dropping them towards the back of the pack out West. And hey, with their effort in Toronto last week, my Eastern Division championship prediction is starting to look a little iffy. There’s still time to right the ship, though this is the kinda stretch where it would help to have a veteran QB. But hey, bring on the Als, who travel to The Peg on Friday. I’m pretty sure some of these DBs have seen Alex Brink’s floater-ball aplenty in practice. ;)
7. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-6) Last Week: 6. Y’know, with the way they’ve been losing these close games, I’m starting to suspect the Ti-Cats could be next year’s Edmonton Eskimos. That said, the Eskies went 4-14 in 2013. Hamilton could be in for a loooong season, even if they do get that stadium built!
8. Montreal Alouettes (1-6) Last Week: 9. OK, so their only major score came after a missed field goal, but full credit to the Als for hanging tough against Saskatchewan in a very difficult place to play last week. As a result, I’m moving them all the way up from last…to second-last place.
9. Ottawa REDBLACKS!!!!! (1-6) Last Week: 8. Once again, Henry and the REDBLACKS!!!!! shat the bed while screwing the pooch in Week Eight. In fact, they only scored eight points, at home. They might still sell out TD Place, but I won’t be surprised if I’m not the only one jeering “Hennnnnnnnnryyyyyyy” by the time the Stampeders run through town next Sunday. This demotivational poster sorta says it all: