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Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012 | 11:03 AM

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Lions quarterback Travis Lulay (14) is hauled down in Saturday's 27-21 loss by Roughriders defensive tackle David Veikune. (Liam Richards/Canadian Press) Lions quarterback Travis Lulay (14) is hauled down in Saturday's 27-21 loss by Roughriders defensive tackle David Veikune. (Liam Richards/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: 9-4
Streak: Lost 1

The quick strike at the end didn't work this time. Just when Travis Lulay was being anointed MOP, the QB tossed in an average one. The Lions aren't starting well at all, waiting until the opening 15 minutes have ended before getting in gear. And injuries are piling up among thereceivers. Geroy Simon's hamstring is acting up. Arland Bruce may have a concussion. There are still two games left with Calgary (starting this week), so the race is on. Congrats to LB Adam Bighill, who had a team record 13 tackles in Regina.
2. CALGARY STAMPEDERS [Up from 3]
Overall record: 8-5
Streak: Won 1

It's been fascinating watching RB Jon Cornish this year, one that might still finish with a MOP nomination for him. Might be too much distance to make up now, but you have to hand it to him for zipping past 1,000 yards with a 180 against Edmonton. If he can just stop the distractions that seem to bare his soul to the world. Calgary looks more like a team that can nose out the Lions and earn the ticket to Toronto as the weeks go by, led by the quietly efficient, wholly professional QB Kevin Glenn and his nearly 70 per cent completion rate.
3. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS [Up from 4]
Overall record: 7-6
Streak: Won 2

The season doesn't really count until the harvest moon hangs over Mosaic Stadium, as anyone could tell you who has watched this club beat Calgary and B.C. in consecutive weeks. There was a play early on against the Lions that showed QB Darian Durant has his boots on, ready to go. He stepped up into the pocket, saw he was surrounded by 2,000 pounds of humanity, backed right out and calmly hit his release-valve guy for a first down. Durant has SB Weston Dressler hot now, as well. Oh, yeah, nice defensive effort.
4. MONTREAL ALOUETTES [Down from 2]
Overall record: 8-5
Streak: Lost 1

One of two teams that can only win by scoring a bunch of points (see below), the Als are putting the "C" in incontinent, as in they have to stop peeing games away with lousy coverage in the defensive backfield and an inability to tackle ball carriers. The Larks gave up almost 500 yards to Hamilton, but what really must drive head coach Marc Trestman up the wall is how inconsistent his defenders are. Solid for a couple of weeks, then a rotten one. Missing RB Brandon Whitaker is going to be a big deal if Victor Anderson can't be sprung for significant yards.
5. TORONTO ARGONAUTS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 7-6
Streak: Won 1

Jim Barker took a lot of guff (from me) last season for the way his coaching was interfering with his managing. Now that he's concentrating on the latter, there isn't anyone in the CFL who has done a better job -- hiring Scott Milanovich to coach, finding receivers (Inman, Rambo, Mann), dumping Cory Boyd and putting Chad Kackert in as starting runner. Two moves have turned out to be crucial, ie. trading for QB Ricky Ray and then realizing he had to sign an experienced backup. In came Jarious Jackson, who did a nice job against Winnipeg by getting a big win while Ray nurses his knee.
6. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS [Up from 8]
Overall record: 5-8
Streak: Won 1

Only way the Kitty Cats can win is to score massive more points.Given the defensive challenges, that requires large, large offensive numbers. So Smilin' Hank Burris pushed the felines past the 400-point mark on the season by blasting the Als -- and there's still five games left to make 500. Unfortunately, the defence also topped 400 (now 409), so it's easy to see where the problem lies. Having said that, neither Montreal nor Toronto will want to play these guys in the playoffs. Assuming the Ticats can get there.
7. EDMONTON ESKIMOS [Down from 6]
Overall record: 5-8
Streak: Lost 5

They're dancing the deck chair shuffle in northern Alberta, where panic is the order of the day. Five losses in a row. They can't score. There's an unnecessary jam in the backfield. That vaunted defence has wilted. Ex-players are taking shots. And the solution is to have head coach Kavis Reed,a former defensive back (and one-year RB coach), take over from Marcus Crandell on offensive play calls? It's not the play calls, it's the QBs. Kerry Joseph gets his turn this week. This is all a shell game. Keep the pea moving and no one will notice the whole Ricky Ray trade thing didn't quite work out.
8. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS [Down from 7]
Overall record: 3-10
Streak: Lost 1

QB Buck Pierce's career seems now straight out of War Horse (coming to a DVD near you). He's seen the sunlit fields of his youth (in British Columbia) turn into a slog through the artificial mudtrenches of the CFL. Now he seems beaten and bruised, athletically shellshocked, unable to withstand the physical rigours. It's time to lead Pierce to pasture and let him live a long, hopefully happy life in the sun. Meanwhile, this team begins working for next season (hey, we hear there's a new stadium!!) and that starts, continues and ends with finding a pivot no matter who is running the asylum.

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