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CFL Power RankingsCFL Power Rankings: Week 7

Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012 | 01:30 PM

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B.C. Lions' defensive tackle Jabar Westerman, right, sacks Toronto Argonauts' quarterback Ricky Ray on Aug. 6. (Chris Young/Canadian Press) B.C. Lions' defensive tackle Jabar Westerman, right, sacks Toronto Argonauts' quarterback Ricky Ray on Aug. 6. (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
Well, well, here we are running the old 7-1 formation in the CFL. That would be seven teams within one game of each other, with the Lions out in front partly because of track record. It's a good thing this offence has this defence to look after it, as Travis Lulay and his attack aren't exactly blowing anyone away. B.C. is well ahead of the pack through six games in yards allowed per game, and that is translating to low points against. Perfect for buying time to get the offence straightened out.

2. EDMONTON ESKIMOS [Up from 4]
Overall record: 4-2
Streak: One win
Don't look now, but Steven Jyles is starting to go vertical. Okay, once in a while, but just enough to keep those cheating defenders from hanging around too much. This could all fall apart next week, especially when you peek at the stats and see the offence is dead last in many of the key categories. But right now the Eskimos are looking pretty darn alright. They still haven't lost at home, by the way. As long as this defence can carry them, the Esks can hang in there. Love to have been sitting next to RB Hugh Charles when he was told Cory Boyd was signed after the latter's release from Toronto.

3. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS [Down from 2]
Overall record: 3-3
One loss: The Cats are off on a two-game road trip to Winnipeg and Montreal to set up what could be a key Labour Day Classic with Toronto. Henry Burris has the highest QB rating in the league and he's going to be a big problem for the Bombers' beat-up defence. However (and this season every team has a 'however'), Hamilton is giving up a ton of points - 198 in six games, about as bad as Winnipeg. Cost them the game against Calgary. That's what this next section of the schedule is going to be all about. NFL camps are getting close to cut down time, so there may be a few new faces on defence.

4. MONTREAL ALOUETTES [Up from 5]
Overall record: 3-3
Streak: One win
Anthony Calvillo has had two weeks off to rest that bum shoulder of his, and that's all good. The Als won last time out against Winnipeg, but this should not be taken as a sign they are back to the Montreal clubs of old. Not with that pass defence, close to the worst in the league. The front seven is doing well against the run, by the way, but why stick to the ground against the Als if they can't pass defend?. However, with all the weapons at AC's disposal, it would a mistake to think anyone can waltz in and dominate the Larks.

5. CALGARY STAMPEDERS [Up from 7]
Overall record: 3-3
Streak: One win
Whether it's because the offensive line has suddenly started run blocking well, as he contends, or the bye week allowed him to shake off some nagging hurts, as I contend (with no proof), Jon Cornish came back in a big way, dominating the Cats on the ground and in the air for over 200 total yards. Now, consistency will be required. If Cornish keeps rolling, QB Kevin Glenn will have lots of time back there to find his excellent receivers. That defence has to get the points allowed average well below 30.

6. TORONTO ARGONAUTS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 3-3
Streak: One loss
Before the season started the Argos sent key defensive backs Lin-J Shell and Byron Parker packing because their style did not fit the new attacking defence. Now, out goes league rushing leader Cory Boyd because, it says here, he didn't fit a new offence that requires a back who can block and make gains off screens. All the chat about whether he was or was not good in the dressing room is irrelevant. So, in comes Chad Kackert, the media's choice since day 1. Word of warning - most media members have never actually coached a professional football team. Kackert has looked good in limited playing time.

7. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS [Down from 3]
Overall record: 3-3
Streak: Three losses
The Riders keep hanging all around decent, only to find a way to mess it up. This time it was a Weston Dressler fumble run back for what would turn out to be the winning margin. And a late interception by Darian Durant didn't help, either. That early season green missile has fizzled out, and it's going to be interesting to see what direction it heads now. This is a good defence, the team doesn't take penalties, they are doing well on attack. But there continues to be key mistakes at key times. Fix that, and you have a contender.

8. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 1-5
Streak: One loss
The loss to Montreal was disappointing, the team is full of injuries, it's not playing well, there's pressure on the quarterbacks and fans are wondering about the coaching staff. But other than that everything is peachy. Bombers are starting to get healthy, however, and that's going to help. Alex Suber is back on defence, Ian Logan may be. Alex Brink is out at QB, after messing up his chance, and in is Joey Elliott, another media/fan pick. Buck Pierce, who all of us writers and TV types were ready to give up on, is also near a return and won't he look good behind centre?

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