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Posted: Monday, July 23, 2012 | 08:00 AM

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Eskimos running back Hugh Charles shows off his backflip skills after scoring a touchdown against the Lions on Friday. He paced the offence with 118 yards on 20 carries. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press) Eskimos running back Hugh Charles shows off his backflip skills after scoring a touchdown against the Lions on Friday. He paced the offence with 118 yards on 20 carries. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

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 Malcolm Kelly breaks down the balance of power in the Canadian Football League. <br/>

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

1. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: One loss

Well, that was painful. Leading by 17 on the Stamps in the fourth quarter, the Riders collapsed completely, losing in overtime. The worst of it was having Calgary on its own 17 with under two minutes to go and letting them drive down. Still, it's one loss, though an event that does show up the corners on defence a bit as everyone works out what everyone else is doing in the early going. Darian Durant had an off night, going 19 for 37 for 219 yards and a pick.
2. EDMONTON ESKIMOS [Up from 5]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: Two wins

Can't move them up to first yet because of that one-point dud two weeks back, but all credit goes to head coach Kavis Reed who did not allow his club to dwell and instead rebuilt their heads right away. For the second week it was RB Hugh Charles (20 carries, 118 yards) who allowed the offence to work the way it has to if it's to win with consistency. That opens up the defence just enough to give QB Steven Jyles the chance to tip-toe with teeny tiny tosses down the field. Very nice job. And how about the Joe Burnett show? Two picks for 133 yards.
3. CALGARY STAMPEDERS [Up from 4]
Overall record: 2-2
Streak: One win

QB Kevin Glenn had a solid outing against the Riders, going 27 for 42 for 385 yards, four TDs and no picks. Nothing forced. No panic. That last point is the key one, because when Kevin loses it, he loses it big time, tossing picks all over the place. Nik Lewis continued his future Hall of Fame receiving career with three TDs. There is a serious concern, however, because RB Jon Cornish can't get it going. He has a history of toughing out injuries that would put others on the IR. Is he doing that now?
4. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS [Up from 6]
Overall record: 2-2
Streak: Two wins

When Henry Burris is Smilin' Hank, all is right with the world. Against the Als, he was every bit the former CFL most outstanding player, going 27 for 30 for 360 yards and four TDs. Amid all the talk about Ricky Ray's trade to Toronto, the Burris trade into the Hammer to reunite with coach George Cortez was underplayed. It's entirely possible Burris and Ray could renew their long-time rivalry in the East final this time. Returner Chris Williams was fab again, but please put the hot dog routine away. It makes people want to toss their lunch.
5. B.C. LIONS [Down from 2]
Overall record: 2-2
Streak: Two losses

Three games in a row not quite up to snuff. If you look at the offensive numbers, QB Travis Lulay and the Lions attack should be scoring many more points. But they are gaining lots of yards on the wrong side of the field, and little when they really need it. Part of that this time came from Lulay's two interceptions, the second one to Burnett capping the game. Still, Lions have all the tools. Andrew Harris continues to impress with 185 yards running and catching.
6. MONTREAL ALOUETTES [Down from 3]
Overall record: 2-2
Streak: One loss

Pardon me, coach Trestman? Don't mean to be impertinent or anything, and you know how much respect we have for you, and all. But, well, your defence really stinks right now. That's 139 points allowed in four games. It's putting a lot of pressure on QB Anthony Calvillo to make things happen, and that's eventually going to get him hurt. And while we're at it, why is Brandon Whittaker (CFL's top rusher last year) not being used? Just 11 carries in the last two games. Um ... thank you for your time.
7. TORONTO ARGONAUTS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 2-2
Streak: One win

When Mike O'Shea, the Argos' beloved special teams coach, stood up and took all the blame for the lousy kick coverage so far, it embarrassed his players. They thought it was their fault and he should never have taken the fall. So, they went out and fixed it. Much better coverage led to a win. The offence is still up and down, unable to finish in the second half until the last moment when Ray pulled a play he'd been saving out and hit Jason Barnes for the winner. Still developing.
8. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 0-4
Streak: Four losses

Home. Finally home. The injury list added safety Ian Logan (darn hard to replace) so the already depleted secondary is now officially ripped apart. Receivers are banged up. QB Buck Pierce is still out. The line is bruised. QB Alex Brink was, all respect to his coach who tried to be nice, awful. So, the Bombers should be easy pickings now, right? Don't you believe it. They have four straight at home, split by a bye week to get healthy. They aren't done yet. Strange that the Argos picked on sooper-dooper-pooperstar DB Jovon Johnson twice for a TD. Hmmm.

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