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CFL Power Rankings CFL Power Rankings: Week 5

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2012 | 01:20 PM

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Lions quarterback Travis Lulay (14) scampers beyond the reach of Stampeders defensive lineman Brian Bulcke on Saturday. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press) Lions quarterback Travis Lulay (14) scampers beyond the reach of Stampeders defensive lineman Brian Bulcke on Saturday. (Jeff McIntosh/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. B.C. LIONS [Up from 5]
Overall record: 3-2
Streak: One win

So that's what happened to QB Travis Lulay. He went on vacation for a couple of weeks and handed his uniform off to a guy playing pickup in Stanley Park. Lulay came back, picked up the reins and was tee-riff against Calgary, throwing for 315 yards and three TDs, running for 41 yards on six carries and was just an all-around pain in the tush to the Stampeders. B.C. came in convinced the key was to run the ball to set up the pass and everyone got into the act, including three running backs, two quarterbacks and a pair of receivers. Total: 161 yards by land. Oh, the defence was great.
2. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS [Up from 4]
Overall record: 3-2
Streak: Three wins

Is there anything brighter than Smilin' Hank when he is on the top of his game? Zip! Zoom! Bam! Pow! Three quick touchdowns and the Ticats come screaming back on the Riders, winning for the first time in Regina since the opening year of the millennium. QB Henry Burris threw for 356 yards and four scores, spreading the wealth among eight receivers, including WR Chris Williams, who is just, like, so cool and exciting. Whenever the kitties have been this high up in recent years, they've always picked up a nose bleed and tumbled. Hang in there, cat.
3. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS [Down from 1]
Overall record: 3-2
Streak: Two losses

Well, that was painful (Part II). This is going to be a controversial pick for third, given the Riders blew two big leads two weeks in a row. But for three quarters, Saskatchewan was in control against Hamilton before the locally despised Henry Burris ripped them apart. That third 15 minutes was outstanding. It's taking a while for the lessons of 60-minute football to be imparted by Riders rookie head coach Corey Chamblin. Talking to his players, they love him. Time to show him the love.
4. EDMONTON ESKIMOS [Down from 2]
Overall record: 3-2
Streak: One loss

QB Steven Jyles had a couple of nice long tosses for TDs, but that was about it on a so-so night (16-30, 244 yards) that ended with an awful fumble just as a win was at hand. Had a bad 'Oh no, not again' feeling there when the Esks went into the second quarter with just a single point. Defence played well again, but softened up late. WR Cary Koch seems to be the real thing, as does WR Nate Coehoorn. Still a hard work in progress.
5. TORONTO ARGONAUTS [Up from 7]
Overall record: 3-2
Streak: Two wins

Let us speak of Chad Owens, the heir apparent to one Michael Clemons among the hearts and minds of Argos fans. Just 5-foot-8 (oh, please!) and 180 legit pounds (can humans live with zero per cent body fat?), the Hawaii native is the most incandescent of the breakout stars in the CFL. With two consecutive seasons over 3,000 total yards, he's now added "receiver" to the tool box. QB Ricky Ray found him for seven catches, 97 yards and two TDs as part of a Owens's 277-yard night against the Als. Swayze Waters has a huge kicking leg and can sing the blues. OK, I'm guessing on the latter.
6. CALGARY STAMPEDERS [Down from 3]
Overall record: 2-3
Streak: One loss

Well, you got me. RB Jon Cornish has been terrible the last three games from the running back spot and he ranted after another lousy outing, blaming it on the offensive line. He apologized on Twitter, but it says something serious is going on -- either with the O-line or the runner or both. Cornish carried six times for minus-1 yards this week and has just 199 yards on 52 carries this season. QB Kevin Glenn was so-so, but he has to have a running attack to even out the offence. The defence is giving up 30 points a game and that's decidedly UN-Stampeder-like. Lots to do in the bye week.
7. MONTREAL ALOUETTES [Down from 6]
Overall record: 2-3
Streak: Two losses

Well, the defence was certainly better this week, holding Toronto to 23 points, a significant improvement. Overall, the Als bested the Argos in practically every category and, when the game became a battle of kickers and field position halfway through the second quarter, the Als should have won the thing. They just could not finish. QB Anthony Calvillo's left shoulder looks like it's hanging by a thread, but what are the Als to do? They need the old guy. And A.C. has the pain threshold of an Olympic rower.
8. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 1-4
Streak: One win

QB Alex Brink was looking bad again when something went click. Reps? Nah. You knew this had to be the week when Brink (26-38, 294 yards) hit WR Chris Matthews with a Hail Mary on the :00 at the half with the Bombers down 10. And that impossible bounce after a blocked punt that gave Winnipeg the ball right back, well, late coach Richard Harris was looking out for them. Rushing game is coming along with Chad Simpson. Great crowd came out despite the 0-4 start, all on the road. Now three more at home and a chance to get back into the fight.

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