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Posted: Monday, July 2, 2012 | 04:02 PM

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B.C. Lions' Ben Archibal, 65, lifts up quarterback Travis Lulay (14) after Lulay scored a touchdown against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press) B.C. Lions' Ben Archibal, 65, lifts up quarterback Travis Lulay (14) after Lulay scored a touchdown against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday. (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
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: One win

Summer in Vancouver is great for cruising and that's what the Lions did in their opener over the Bombers. Congrats to Geroy Simon, whose 105 yards on five catches sailed him past Milt Stegall into first overall in career yards. A nicely balanced offence, and everyone on defence got into the act. Kicker Paul McCallum was perfect on four field goals. Grey Cup champs look just fine.
2. CALGARY STAMPEDERS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: One win

An impressive win over the Als, especially from a defence that held the league's leading rusher, Brandon Whittaker, to 43 yards, and Anthony Calvillo to a 50 per cent completion rating and two interceptions. QB Drew Tate had a good night (25-35, 299 yards and a TD), but he also had two picks. The offence mixed things up nicely with Jon Cornish contributing 86 on the ground and eight different receivers catching balls.
3. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: One win

Awwww, what do we know? The Riders threw Darian Durant (390 yards in the air, four TDs) and Weston Dressler (13 catches, 180 yards, three TDs) at the Cats and beat the tar out of them. Impressive opener on the road for a team we all said would struggle on defence. Just one game, but you have to like the discipline. Linebacker Abraham Kromah, from that football factory at Duke University, had seven tackles and a sack.
4. EDMONTON ESKIMOS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: One win

Who knew the key figure in the Ray/Jyles trade was kicker Grant Shaw? Four field goals when the Eskies needed points. Hey, if the Argos want to hand you a gift win in week one, take it. But don't go dancing home thinking B.C. has a challenger. Still, Steven Jyles was a steady 21-36 for 236 yards, and receiver Adarius Bowman was a real weapon. Must run better. Defence looked alright. The coaches will be thrilled with the zero turnovers.
5. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: One loss

It's nice the Bombers have two starting pivots, but what use is that going to be if the offensive line and backs can't block for them? Buck Pierce gets run over in the first quarter and has a sore knee (he'll be back). Alex Brink came in and did OK against the tough Lions. Must find a running attack. Rookie Bloi-Dei Dorzon had four yards on five carries and missed some blocks. A loss to B.C. in week one is hardly cause for alarm, but there are still three more road games left to start the season.
6. MONTREAL ALOUETTES
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: One loss

It's just one loss, but you have to be concerned about the rebuilt defence giving up 465 yards to the Stamps. Not a good sign, but it's a work in progress. LB Chip Cox cannot do all the work himself back there (13 tackles). QB Calvillo and the attack were OK, and will be fine. Punter Sean Whyte, who had a big night, is going to be busier this year and he'll be counted on for field position.
7. TORONTO ARGONAUTS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: One loss

The Argos brought QB Ricky Ray back to his old Edmonton stomping grounds and honoured him by committing 18 penalties. Eighteen. That includes seven offsides. Cost them a win. Kicker Noel Prefontaine had a bad night, and that has to change right away. Ray started slowly but had it together in the second half. Chad Owens had 324 yards in total offence (and dropped a TD pass). Defence was solid, and that's a key moving forward.
8. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: One loss

Ok, no need to panic, but for one night these Cats were playing like it was 2002. An awful opening. Most worrisome was the lousy tackling downfield. Like last year. But there are some bigger questions, such as, if you are going to start rookie runner Chevon Walker over Avon Cobourne, why did he only carry the ball seven times? One of those was a huge run for a TD in the first half. Then, nothing. QB Henry Burris was OK but needs a consistent running game. Move along to B.C.

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