Posted: 7/24/2013 10:13:16 AM
Not many changes in this week's rankings. It's hard to believe the East Division leader is just 2-2 on the season. The league is fairly top-heavy right now. Best of luck this week.
Last week's ranking in parentheses.
1. Saskatchewan Roughriders (1)
The Riders look like a CFL juggernaut right now. I guess the only
concern is, are they peaking too early? Remember, they'll host the 101st
Grey Cup in Regina this fall. A loss is coming, but I'm certainly not
interested in standing in Saskatchewan's way right now.
2. B.C. Lions (2)
B.C. has benefited from a rather soft schedule over the last few weeks,
hosting the Argos before a home-and-home set with the Eskimos. Things
will get a little tougher this week (or should I say next week - the
game will be played on Tuesday) as they head to Toronto for their
toughest road test of the young season.
3. Calgary Stampeders (3)
Drew Tate is hurt. Now Kevin Glenn is banged up as well. No big deal.
The Stamps have more QB depth than any team in the league, with
third-stringer Bo Levi Mitchell more than capable of holding his own as
we saw last weekend against Montreal. We'll see if the Stamps can avoid a
letdown against a hungry Bombers squad in Winnipeg on Friday.
4. Toronto Argonauts (4)
Toronto desperately needed a strong showing in Winnipeg last week and
got just that, rolling to a 35-19 victory. Unfortunately, they'll have
to soldier on without RB Chad Kackert for the next few weeks, and to
make matters worse, QB Ricky Ray is nursing a knee injury but should be
good to go by Tuesday night when the Argos host the Lions.
5. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5)
The Bombers aren't doing anything to instill much confidence in their
home faithful, but with that being said, neither are the teams below
them. Despite winning only once in four games this season, Winnipeg
still finds itself just one game back of the East-leading Argos. The
Bombers have dropped seven in a row against the Stampeders but will try
to reverse that trend on Friday.
6. Edmonton Eskimos (8)
I'm going to give the rebuilding Eskimos the benefit of the doubt and
bump them up a couple of spots this week. They're just 1-3, but those
three losses have come against Saskatchewan and B.C. (twice), arguably
the league's two best teams. They didn't quit last Saturday at B.C.
Place, and have a winnable game on deck in Montreal on Thursday night.
Obviously, QB Mike Reilly's injury status will be key.
7. Montreal Alouettes (7)
The Als looked great last week. For a quarter. It was all downhill from
there as the offense couldn't punch back once the Stampeders made the
necessary defensive adjustments. QB Anthony Calvillo and offensive
coordinator Mike Miller are saying all the right things, but body
language during games seems to indicate otherwise. Needless to say, the
Dan Hawkins era is off to a miserable start in Montreal.
8. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6)
Until the Ti-Cats can get healthy, there will continue to be a few
stinkers here and there. We certainly saw one on Sunday as they were
trounced 37-0 by the Riders in Saskatchewan. Hamilton won't have to wait
to get a shot at revenge as it will host the Riders on Saturday night
in Guelph. The good news is, Saskatchewan hasn't swept the season series