CFL Power Rankings: After Week 8/9

I hope you all enjoyed the bye week! I'm back to give you my gauge on where the team's lie going into the unofficial second half of the season and last week's games did showcase the top four teams in the league as stated two weeks ago. And they put on a pretty good show.

As for the Roughriders, you know what I said last week and right down to the bottom they fall after losing to the equally eye numbing Toronto Argonauts.

1. (LW - 1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (7-1) - The Blue Bombers have 30 sacks in eight games this season. That number is absolutely staggering when you consider the Roughriders had 39 total in 2009 with Stevie Baggs and John Chick along the edge. And Swaggerville is coming into Riderville in a best vs. worst battle. To think these teams were on opposite sides of the standings just 365 days ago.

2. (LW - 3) Calgary Stampeders (6-2) - The Stampeders and Alouettes looked sloppy in the middle portion of a pretty entertaining game last week. Once Henry Burris got on a roll, the Stamps were able to get well ahead of the Als and hold on. The Stamps are a still a team whose record I believe makes them appear to be stronger than they are, but they've been able to do what counts.  Win.

3. (LW - 4) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (4-4) - Here is an explanation to why the Tiger-Cats who lost jump above the Alouettes, who also lost last week. The Tiger-Cats are 4-2 in their last six games, while the Alouettes are 2-3 in their last five games. Plus, the Tiger-Cats went blow for blow with the Bombers, in Winnipeg, which I found pretty impressive.

4. (LW - 2) Montreal Alouettes (5-3) - The Alouettes are just a little bit off. Anthony Calvillo throwing an interception with the game on the line is odd to say the least and is a sign of their inconsistencies of late. It's nice to see the Alouettes now in quite a battle for the Eastern crown.

5. (LW - 6) B.C. Lions (2-6) - The B.C. Lions have turned a corner and demolishing the Eskimos is a sign that they may make an interesting run down the stretch in the CFL. Arland Bruce's performance makes the Lions offense a lot more frightful with he and Geroy Simon in Travis Lulay's arsenal.

6. (LW - 5) Edmonton Eskimos (5-3) - Wow, have the Edmonton Eskimos turned from a dominant force into a beatable team quickly. They have scored a total of five points in their last two games and have been outscored 91-21 in their three game losing streak. This could get worse before it gets better, so there is something positive for Roughrider fans.

7. (LW - 8) Toronto Argonauts (2-6) - The Argonauts got the Roughrider Boost. That is, they took on the Roughriders and ended a six-game losing streak. The Lions and Tiger-Cats have also used wins against Saskatchewan to turn around skids this season. We'll see if the Rider Boost helps Toronto get back into the race.

8. (LW - 7) Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-7) - A 1-7 record, a four game losing streak, the lowest scoring offense, the most points scored against, a fired head coach and fired offensive coordinator. Sorry ladies and gentlemen, there is no debate. The Roughriders are by far the worst team in the league.

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