Posted: 7/10/2013 9:15:55 AM
Last week's ranking in parentheses
1. Saskatchewan Roughriders (4)
Talk about a statement win. The Riders rallied from an early deficit to
take down the defending West Division champion Stampeders in their home
opener last week. Darian Durant appears to be at the top of his game
while the Rider defense has punished its first two opponents. Next up is
a tough matchup with the Boatmen in Toronto on Thursday.
2. B.C. Lions (3)
That's more like it. The Lions looked every bit like the dominant squad
most expected them to be this season in last week's win over the Argos.
While the offense still hasn't kicked into high gear, the defense came
up with a huge bounce-back effort off that ugly showing in Calgary to
open the season. We'll see if Travis Lulay can shine against a tough
Eskimos defense in Edmonton this Saturday.
3. Toronto Argonauts (1)
There's no reason to get too down on the Argos off one bad game but
that's not to say there isn't reason for concern. Toronto has a very
green defense this year, and that's been evident in its first two games.
Slow starts have been troublesome and things won't get any easier
against a high-powered Riders offense this week.
4. Calgary Stampeders (2)
It pains me to drop the Stampeders to fourth in the rankings, as I do
believe they're a legitimate Grey Cup contender but off a discouraging
loss in Saskatchewan and with Drew Tate banged up, things aren't looking
all that rosy. With that being said, they might be catching the
struggling Alouettes at precisely the right time this week. A trip to
Montreal is never easy, but the Stampeders should be up to the
5. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (7) The
Bombers hold steady in the fifth spot this week. They answered the bell
in Montreal last Thursday, with their defense returning to the form that
saw them terrorize the league two years ago. It might be asking a
little much for them to deliver back-to-back road wins, but another
favorable matchup awaits in Hamilton this Saturday.
6. Montreal Alouettes (5)
It's important not to put too much stock in one result, especially at
this early point of the season. But things haven't gone particularly
well for the Als in the first two games of the Dan Hawkins era. I'm not
sure Anthony Calvillo has ever looked as frustrated with his offense,
whether due to play-calling or otherwise. Montreal hasn't lost its first
two home games since way back in 2007.
7. Edmonton Eskimos (8)
Mike Reilly looked much sharper in his second game at the helm of the
Eskimos offense while the defense dominated in a rain-soaked win in
Hamilton last Sunday. That was a much-needed victory following an
embarrassing opening week no-show against the Riders. Edmonto takes a
step back up in class this week, hosting the Lions on Saturday night.8. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6)
Andy Fantuz means an awful lot to the Ti-Cats offense - perhaps that
was never more apparent than in last week's disjointed effort against
Edmonton. Head coach Kent Austin doesn't sound confident that he'll be
able to return this week, meaning the Ti-Cats will need some of their
secondary offensive threats to step up against an aggressive Blue