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Posted: Monday, July 9, 2012 | 11:39 AM

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Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo went 31-of-39 for 443 yards and three TDs against Winnipeg, despite hurting his shoulder. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press) Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo went 31-of-39 for 443 yards and three TDs against Winnipeg, despite hurting his shoulder. (Paul Chiasson/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: 2-0
Streak: Two wins

Returner Tim Brown saved the day for a Lions' squad that brought its B game to B.C. Place. He scampered for 296 yards and a key TD, just when the club needed it most. As it was they still almost let the Tiger-Cats steal one. Andrew Harris had 147 yards on 13 carries and looks like a pro running back. Adam Bighill, 2nd year linebacker, has moved into the starting line up and been terrific, with nine tackles, a sack and a forced fumble against Hamilton.
2. MONTREAL ALOUETTES [Up from 6]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: One win

QB Anthony Calvillo may be a really old fart as athletes go, but boy he comes up smelling like roses. He was 31-39, 443 yards and three TDs against Winnipeg, that despite hurting his shoulder and going to the dressing room where, apparently, he met with a faith healer or something and came right back out again. Brandon Whitaker had 235 yards running and was catching out of the backfield. Have to cut down on fumbles. Defence solid.
3. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 2-0
Streak:Two wins

One more week before we decide if this is real or a mirage, but for two games now the defence (the one even the club's own GM was worried about) has looked great. Offensively, the jury is still out because Darian Durant and Co. had absolutely nothing against Edmonton until the final two minutes after killing Hamilton. Rookie runner Kory Sheets is looking like a find so far with over 200 yards by land and air in two games. Lions in next week, then we can see.
4. CALGARY STAMPEDERS [Down from 2]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: One loss

Bringing in Kevin Glenn as backup to Drew Tate looks like one of the smarter moves of the CFL off-season. Toronto coach Scott Milanovich said Glenn worries people because he can suddenly go off for 12-straight completions. What worries Stamps fans is he can also go off for four interceptions. Good news on Tate is it's not his throwing shoulder. Calgary was actually only in the game against Toronto because of returner Larry Taylor. But this defence will bounce back.
5. TORONTO ARGONAUTS [Up from 7]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: One win

We've finally found a way to describe Ricky Ray's throwing style: He throws calm. Offered that to three Argos receivers and they all nodded and smiled. It's lovely being a Ray receiver. Under fire? Same throw. Looking for his outlet guy? Same throw. All day to find someone? Same throw. And he's still just learning this offence. Toronto actually far outplayed all of the Stamps except returner Larry Taylor, who they couldn't stop. Defence good. Special teams tackling, not good.
6. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS [Down from 5]
Overall record: 0-2
Streak: Two losses

Boy, four road games is a tough way to start the sked. Buck Pierce was OK against the Alouettes, but he threw a pick and fumbled twice. Running game was better, but not great. A concern is the way Anthony Calvillo picked apart the Winnipeg secondary, a group that is supposed to be among the finest in the league. A positive is that the Bombers did not quit after getting down early in a place games can run away quickly. Two more before coming home.
7. EDMONTON ESKIMOS [Down from 4]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: One loss

First off, that was two solid defensive efforts in a row. Edmonton can still defend. In Week 1, Steven Jyles was sacked zero times and had a decent game. In Week 2 he was sacked five times and the Esks scored one point. This is not hard to figure out. Rework your blocking schemes. Changing from Jyles to Kerry Joseph and back again and then back again is not a solution to lousy blocking. That sound you hear is a bunch of Winnipeg defenders licking their lips.
8. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 0-2
Streak: Two losses

It's too early to tell if rookie runner Chevon Walker is a budding star until other teams get enough film on him to make adjustments. He's fun to watch, though, with two long scampers for TDs in two games. A couple of mind cramps at the end of the first half did the Kitties in this week, and that has to stop. But way better than Week 1 against the Riders. Next, how to stop a heating up Ricky Ray. Cats could be 0-3 in mid July.

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