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Posted: Monday, July 16, 2012 | 09:16 AM

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Kory Sheets and the Saskatchewan Roughriders have reason to celebrate as they rise to No. 1 in the CFL Power Rankings. (Liam Richards/Canadian Press) Kory Sheets and the Saskatchewan Roughriders have reason to celebrate as they rise to No. 1 in the CFL Power Rankings. (Liam Richards/Canadian Press)

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Malcolm Kelly breaks down the balance of power in the Canadian Football League.

Malcolm Kelly breaks down the balance of power in the Canadian Football League.

1. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS [Up from 3]
Overall record: 3-0
Streak: Three wins

Hear that? It's a prairie cricket, chirping at the idiot who said this team would win only four games. Corey Chamblin, the rookie head coach, has his club believing they can rise above adversity. B.C. threw for twice as many yards, but the Riders picked off QB Travis Lulay twice. B.C. outran the Riders, but Saskatchewan countered with a 129-yard return off a missed field goal by Tristan Jackson. They are taking advantage of what they're given. Long way to go, but this is fun.
2. B.C. LIONS [Down from 1]
Overall record: 2-1
Streak: One loss

What? You thought they'd go undefeated? As mentioned above, the Lions were good enough to beat the Riders this week, but let down when it counted. First test of Mike Benevides and his ability to give the players heck when they need it while getting them ready to go again. Lulay threw for 345 yards and two TDs while having an off day. That gives one pause. Need to get RB Andrew Harris running more. Kicker Paul McCallum ... where are you, man?
3. MONTREAL ALOUETTES [Down from 2]
Overall record: 2-1
Streak: Two wins

Nice win and all, but that's not going to continue with a running game producing exactly eight yards. QB Anthony Calvillo keeps bouncing back from big hits, but at almost 40, that's not going to happen ad infinitum when he has to throw every down. He is amazing though. Montreal caught a huge break when those extra seconds clicked off the clock on the second last play. How is it, by the way, that other leagues can match up the TV clock and stadium clock and this one can't?
4. CALGARY STAMPEDERS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 1-2
Streak: Two losses

All due respect to rookie QB Bo Levi Mitchell of Katy, Texas, but with Drew Tate out for the season, the Stamps have to protect Kevin Glenn as if their season depends on it. That late hit in the Montreal game on Glenn could have ended any hopes right there. Tate was a work in progress, so there's no way to know what he would have done healthy. We know Glenn will throw unfortunate interceptions at poor times while looking fabulous at others. Have to get RB Jon Cornish making significant gains.
5. EDMONTON ESKIMOS [Up from 7]
Overall record: 2-1
Streak: One win

A great defensive effort and RB Hugh Charles were enough to carry the Eskimos to a nice win, bouncing back from Week 2's debacle. Let's not anoint these guys contenders, however. The stalwart defence had four sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles against the Bombers. Charles contributed 196 yards receiving and rushing. Nice to see SB Fred Stamps get some catches. QB Steven Jyles threw for just over 50 per cent, a TD and two picks. Still miles to go.
6. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS [Up from 8]
Overall record: 1-2
Streak: One win

QB Henry Burris was having a so-so time of it on Saturday when he showed what a good pair of legs can do by bursting through for two keepers in the fourth quarter, just when the Argos were coming back. Still, 12-27 for 181 yards is not going to cut it on a regular basis. WR Chris Williams had two big plays for TDs that galvanized a big crowd in the Hammer. This was a messy win. Will have to be much, much sharper with B.C. coming in.
7. TORONTO ARGONAUTS [Down from 5]
Overall record: 1-2
Streak: One loss

Hey, you guys in Double Blue! See that wide, white stripe over there? It's called a goal-line because, see, the goal is to get the ball over it for a TD after you put together yet another pretty 70-yard drive. And have you ever seen such lousy kick coverage in your life? Argos have always been known for strong special teams. What's happened? Yet it says here, they learn to finish drives and cover kicks and this is a Grey Cup contender.
8. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS [Down from 6]
Overall record: 0-3
Streak: Three losses

This is one tired looking bunch, having played three straight on the road to start the year and a fourth coming on a short week. Love QB Buck Pierce's bravery, but as many are now saying, it's time to let Alex Brink or Joey Elliott take the reins and get main reps in practice because Buck just can't last in games. WR Chris Matthews is looking like an early top rookie candidate. Love DL Bryant Turner. Offence is playing desperate and there's no need. Be calm. Nine of the last 14 are going to be a home.

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