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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012 | 01:53 PM

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B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay, right, and Geroy Simon celebrate after Lulay rushed for a touchdown against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press) B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay, right, and Geroy Simon celebrate after Lulay rushed for a touchdown against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

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Once a week, Malcolm Kelly breaks down the balance of power in the Canadian Football League. The B.C. Lions continue to roar at the top while the Hamilton Tiger-Cats continue to fade.
Once a week, Malcolm Kelly breaks down the balance of power in the Canadian Football League.

1. B.C. LIONS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 5-2
Streak: Three wins
Don't want to scare anyone, but the Lions have given up 22 points in the last three games after a slow start to the season by the defence. Three big turnovers vs. the Riders. And they're teasing the heck out of opposing offences by letting them pick up some yards outside of scoring range before slapping them down. That's kind of mean. The Leos might run away with things from here on in if it weren't for a teeny, tiny elephant in the room. The offence. Right now, it's like a Ferrari with a couple of bad pistons. But that's still a prancing horse on the hood.

Overall record: 4-3
Streak: One loss
Look, it's way too early to decide if picking up Cory Boyd as a RB is a good idea, so let's leave that for a bit. And the Eskimos only came up with 54 yards on the ground against Montreal, so he couldn't hurt. What we did learn is that no matter how bad things are going with QB Steven Jyles, his backup Kerry Joseph is not an answer. On the positive side, someone's going to have to send Bobby Clarke out to break linebacker JC Sherritt's ankle because that guy is a major force. It would help if his corners weren't getting killed a little too often.

Overall record: 4-3
Streak: Two wins
A few days off to ice the left shoulder and Anthony Calvillo looks his old self against the Eskimos, tossing for over 300 yards and four TDs. He also threw two picks, so we'll have to keep an eye on that. Amazing how the Als keep coming up with running backs. Brandon Whitaker is out, so in comes Victor Anderson with 102 yards on the ground and another 32 by air. Rookie receiver Patrick Lavoie, from Laval, is looking like a lovely addition for the Larks. A good outing for a struggling defence, despite the late points by the Eskimos.

Overall record: 4-3
Streak: One win
Let us again praise the job done by the Double Blue defence, one that simply dominated Calgary from stem to stern. Kevin Glenn threw for almost 300 yards against the Boatmen, but it was all on the wrong side of the field. And they shut the door on any ground game. After playing poorly for a couple of weeks to start the year, the Argos special teams, under coach Mike O'Shea, have become a force, allowing just 56 yards on seven returns by the Stamps. Chad Kackert, replacing the cut Cory Boyd, had 135 combined yards. And he can block, too. Still, this club has got to find a way to finish drives.

5. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS [Down from 3]
Overall record: 3-4
Two losses: Bad Henry showed up for the first time this season as the Hamilton QB fumbled the ball four times, losing three of them and wrecking what was a pretty fair night by the Burris-led offence. There's a mitigating factor, however, as the running game disappeared when Chevon Walker was injured early and there wasn't a backup import available. This isn't uncommon as a lot of coaches only dress one and pray he doesn't get hurt. Taking a real chance. Avon Cobourne may get his opportunity this week. WR Chris Williams had three more TDs (two receiving) and continues to be the league's most exciting player.

Overall record: 3-4
Streak: One loss
The Jon Cornish revival lasted all of one game as the RB was held to 43 yards on 12 carries by a swarming Toronto defence. Other than the last-minute touchdown, the White Stallions had nothing for the visitors, outclassed from the opening kickoff. This might have been a 30 point loss if the Argos could finish drives. We keep harping on this because it's true - there's lots of time to straighten things out, starting with the stupid, stupid penalties that are killing drives or good defensive efforts. Argo defender Brandon Isaac got into their heads, and that can't happen again. .

Overall record: 3-4
Streak: Four losses
Remember when this column beat itself up for being dumb enough to pick these guys to win just four times this year and they started 3-0? Well...they've now lost four straight and have gone from OK to heading south. Saskatchewan's defence played pretty well against B.C. but there's only so much you can do when the offence is awful. Darian Durant threw for 170 yards and three picks. They can't get RB Kory Sheets open and his yards are dropping. Riders don't trust their kicking game. It all seems to be frustrating the defence as they are now taking bad penalties when that wasn't happening before. Could turn it right back around, though.

Overall record: 2-5
Streak: One win
Joey Elliott likes to call himself a gunslinger, and in his interviews he comes across as somebody about to go into Tombstone and shoot it out with the Clanton's and McLaurys. Wyatt Earp had an excellent night against Hamilton (33-43, 406 yards, one TD, no picks), as the former third stringer replaced the benched Alex Brink. It also helped the Bombers they had Alex Suber and Ian Logan back from injuries in the defensive backfield. Winnipeg may not be dead yet, folks, even if the hearse was recently seen going up Boothill.

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