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CFL Power RankingsCFL Power Rankings: Week 6

Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 | 08:39 AM

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Mike Reilly (13) and Matt Norman of the Lions celebrate a TD in Monday's 18-9 win at Toronto. (Chris Young/Canadian Press) Mike Reilly (13) and Matt Norman of the Lions celebrate a TD in Monday's 18-9 win at Toronto. (Chris Young/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 [Unchanged]
Overall record: 4-2
Streak: Two wins

Not the most brilliant offensive output against Toronto, but the defences kicked the crap out of each other and showed both are definitely ready to dominate their divisions. And the Lions confirmed they can find a way to win when the other team shows up ready to compete. Three picks on Argos QB Ricky Ray were caused by pressure and mixing things up so the reads weren't coming as quickly for him as they should have. On the other hand, Lions QB Travis Lulay went back to average after one week of excellent.
2. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS [Unchanged - bye]
Overall record: 3-2
Streak: Three wins

Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur ... sorry, but that's how things have suddenly turned around in Tiger Town after it looked for a bit as though the players were going to scratch the coach's eyes out. Speculation pre-season said putting QB Henry Burris back together with new head coach George Cortez (they had glory days in Calgary) was going to be a good idea. Well, yeah, Smilin' Hank is rolling. The fur ball in all of this is the defence has got to keep improving. It is currently last against the pass and the run.
3. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS [Unchanged - bye]
Overall record: 3-2
Streak: Two losses

The Riders are in the bottom half of practically every defensive category so far, but their points allowed total of 22.6 is third best. That means teams are moving on them, but they aren't finishing off those drives. This can change, especially since the green team has blown two big leads over the last pair of games. Tighten up and smarten up. Another thing you might have noted is that the Riders don't control the ball for long (lowest time of possession in the loop), relying on quick, sharp strikes for points rather than long drives. Must be ready when defences tighten up.
4. EDMONTON ESKIMOS [Unchanged - bye]
Overall record: 3-2
Streak: One loss

QB Steven Jyles took a football with him everywhere he went on the bye week to help him cut down on fumbles. Not really true, but a good idea. So far, Jyles has thrown for all of three TDs and three picks, but can say he has better stats than Alex Brink in Winnipeg. Still, Jyles, the heir to Ricky Ray has not been a disaster and is managing himself well. Last in team passing, though. LB J.C. Sherritt is developing into one of the dominant defensive players of this CFL generation.
5. MONTREAL ALOUETTES [Up from 7]
Overall record: 3-3
Streak: One win

That defence is still struggling along, trying to put some consistent efforts together, allowing Winnipeg QB Alex Brink to throw for more than 300 yards and two TDs. But a key this week was the re-emergence of RB Brandon Whitaker as a weapon, running for 115 yards on 18 carries and taking pressure off QB Anthony Calvillo, who was still sacked three times. Coach Marc Trestman has to get his offensive line back to where it was in past years when no one touched A.C. -- ever. WR Jamel Richardson is right on target to lead the CFL in receiving again.
6. TORONTO ARGONAUTS [Down from 5]
Overall record: 3-3
Streak: One loss

QB Ricky Ray threw four interceptions, fumbled once and was sacked four times on a sunny holiday Monday afternoon. He'd be best to just dump it in the circular file and move on. Keys for the Argonauts here are they played the defending champs tough for four quarters, including three straight stops on the goal-line, and they learned what has to be done to compete at the highest level. Remember, Toronto's goal is to make the Grey Cup game at home, so the club has to be judged at that level. There is talent here.
7. CALGARY STAMPEDERS [Down from 6 - bye]
Overall record: 2-3
Streak: One loss

The rest of us may be confused, but I'm sure coach John Hufnagel knows what's going on with his white stallions. The offence is doing OK with Kevin Glenn in at QB and boasts great receivers, but Calgary can't run the ball and RB Jon Cornish is invisible and frustrated. Then there's the defence giving up way too many points for a team in red and white. Personally, I still blame the black helmets. A real concern is the Stamps are last in takeaway/giveaway. Hug that football.
8. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 1-5
Streak: One loss

You could look at the raw stats in the Bombers' loss to Montreal and think it wasn't too bad, really. Oh yes, it was. Playing against a struggling Als defence, the Blue attack was OK led by an alright QB in Alex Brink, a good game by WR Terrence Edwards and nice effort by RB Chad Simpson. The defence, decimated at the back, was picked apart by Montreal QB Anthony Calvillo, who knew exactly how to take advantage of the holes. Major patch job needed on the bye week.

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