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Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 | 11:08 AM

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B.C. Lions kicker Paul McCallum kicked his way into the record books by nailing his 29th consecutive field goal on Saturday against the Calgary Stampeders. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press) B.C. Lions kicker Paul McCallum kicked his way into the record books by nailing his 29th consecutive field goal on Saturday against the Calgary Stampeders. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

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Once a week, Malcolm Kelly breaks down the balance of power in the Canadian Football League.

Once a week, Malcolm Kelly breaks down the balance of power in the Canadian Football League.

 

1. B.C. LIONS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 8-6
Streak: Seven wins

Three way tie for first in the West. Paul McCallum kicked his way into the record books by nailing his 29th and 30th consecutive field goals, missed the next one and then, with 00:00 on the clock, put a beauty, eh, in to keep the Lions' win streak alive. Not bad for 41-years-old. Good thing Tim Brown had such good totals (189 combined yards) because that dumb decision to run out a missed field goal and then fumble could have sent him to the practice roster. Lions will go for eight straight, at Regina.
2. MONTREAL ALOUETTES [Unchanged]
Overall record: 9-5
Streak: Three wins

Now that the Anthony Calvillo all-time passing leader chase is over, the Als look to the battle for first in the East and home field advantage in the division final. It took the offence a while to get rolling against a determined Argos defence, but they found the top gear in the second half. Such a balanced attack, and with the Bombers coming up in two weeks, that's going to be crucial. Cobbled together defence will be sorely tested from here on in. Must not look past Hamilton this week.
3. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS [Up from 5]
Overall record: 9-5
Streak: One win

Everything in context for the Bombers. Coach Paul LaPolice walked into the room after laying a beating on Hamilton and congratulated his guys for making the playoffs. By the time he got to the press scrum outside, it was time to think of next week's game in Edmonton and then at home with Montreal in the battle for first in the East. Hosting the East final could be what separates the Als from the Bombers. What a job by the organization having Chris Garrett ready to replace the injured Fred Reid at running back.
4. EDMONTON ESKIMOS [Up from 6]
Overall record: 8-6
Streak: One win

Time for some nice words for Kavis Reed, rookie head coach of the Eskimos who has brought his club back to the playoffs despite many (like me) saying he needed one full year of rebuilding before making a run. Finding a way to win a game when your offence isn't clicking as the Eskimos did against the now awful Riders shows the Green and Gold have matured. Solid defensive outing produced two sacks, three picks and a forced fumble. Next is Winnipeg in what should be a tough game.
5. CALGARY STAMPEDERS [Down from 3]
Overall record: 8-6
Streak: One loss

You cannot make any mistakes in late season games against talented opponents and expect to win. Henry Burris fumbled twice against B.C. and that was enough in an excruciating last-second loss. If you take out Landon Talley's 81 yard catch and run for a TD, Burris only threw for 112 yards on the night. Larry Taylor had as many yards returning by himself as the Stamps' offence overall and if not for him, the Lions would have won by a lot. Next stop Toronto, where an improving Argos' defence will be tough.
6. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS [Down from 4]
Overall record: 7-7
Streak: One loss

Offensive coordinator Khari Jones doesn't seem the kind to walk the floors at night worrying about what happened on Friday against Winnipeg, and that's good. A coach who can't let the game go isn't going to be in this business long. Me, I'd be pacing the floor until dawn after that performance. Backup QB Quinton Porter had a nice outing replacing an ineffective Kevin Glenn in the fourth quarter, but the Bombers were already mentally packing up their ol' kit bags by then.
7. TORONTO ARGONAUTS [Up from 8]
Overall record: 3-11
Streak: Two losses

What do we have on the Argos that's good? The defence is improving every game now under Orlondo Steinauer. Special teams are OK. Kicking is OK. So there is something to build on for 2012. If there is a coaching change - it won't happen - it says here, until after the season. There is some talk in the local media about special teams coach Mike O'Shea taking over as head man, but that should only be if you find him a highly experienced CFL offensive coordinator.
8. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS [Down from 7]
Overall record: 4-10
Streak: Three losses

When the Argos went to Montreal they showed up ready to play despite being out of the playoffs. Then there are the Riders. No touchdowns for 13 quarters plus 5:01. Last visit to the end zone was at 9:59 of the third quarter against Toronto on Sept. 17. My late mum always taught me if I didn't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all ... so I've said enough.

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