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Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 | 10:21 AM

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The Montreal Alouettes have dropped three in a row after blowing a 24-0 first-quarter lead to Calgary in Week 4. (Paul Chiasson) The Montreal Alouettes have dropped three in a row after blowing a 24-0 first-quarter lead to Calgary in Week 4. (Paul Chiasson)

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The Montreal Alouettes sink to the bottom of our weekly CFL power rankings after an embarrassing come-from-ahead loss to Calgary in Week 4.

Malcolm Kelly breaks down the balance of power in the Canadian Football League:

1. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS [Unchanged]
Overall record:4-0
Streak: Won 4

Oh, boy. Here we go. Two more wins and the Riders fans will be sending challenge notes to the Baltimore Ravens. Everybody duck. Having said that ... Wow, this team is playing well, and what you notice more than anything else is that the Green and White hustle to the end of every play, and hustle every play to the end of the game. Down 37-0, the Tiger-Cats must have wondered what was going on when the Saskatchewan defence came looking for heads in the late going. Don't these guys quit? Complaint: Why was running back Kory Sheets (130 yards) still in the game when it was long over? And Rob Bagg, you are amazing. Back from two ligament operations and receiving like this.
2. B.C. LIONS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: Won 3

Andrew Harris, boom boom. Andrew Harris, boom boom. Andrew Harris, boom boom. Add an Emmanuel Arceneaux 77-yard touchdown, and you have the story in the win over Edmonton. QB Travis Lulay was efficient, though not brilliant, and that's fine. There was nothing particularly overwhelming about this game. Just a professional win. Take it, move on. Critical Review: Despite the effort that went into the paddling-a-boat routine in celebration of Harris's final TD, it really wasn't in the same league as Arceneaux's perfectly timed "using the corner orange pylon to putt the ball as though it were the British Open" approach. Two thumbs up.
3. CALGARY STAMPEDERS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: Won 2

In order for an historic collapse to occur, the other team has to make it happen. That's exactly what the Stamps did. Down 24-0 after one period in front of a stunned crowd, the White Stallions pulled the cavalry together, milled around for a moment or two and then charged. Sort of a reverse Light Brigade. It was 38-3 the rest of the way, as it was the Alouettes who had cannon to the left of them, cannon to the right. QB Kevin Glenn played a nice game, again replacing the injured Drew Tate, was hurt himself (also an arm) but looks like he'll be ready this week. And ... how ... about ... Fred ... Bennett ... running ... down ... Noel ... Devine ... and popping the ball out, to possibly save the game?
4. TORONTO ARGONAUTS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 2-2
Streak: Won 1

The Argos went to Winnipeg, played their best game of the season and floated to a victory. Toronto's performance seemed a little early in the season for a team coming off the Grey Cup and rebuilding its defence, so it was a good omen. Then Argo-Nuts started chewing their fingers, waiting for news on QB Ricky Ray (fabulous 19-of-20), RB Chad Kackert (the Grey Cup MVP), and CB Jalil Carter, all of whom were hurt. UPDATE: Ray was declared day-to-day and "not as bad as last year" when he missed a month, so that's positive. Kackert is out up to six weeks, a big loss. No word on Carter.
5. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS [Up from 6]
Overall record: 1-3
Streak: Lost 2

Buck Pierce is hurt again, but the good news is the QB was not smacked in the head, he was speared in the stomach and missed the second half against Toronto. He might play this week, but Justin Goltz went 13-of-15 in relief and may have confirmed why Bombers management dumped two other QBs and want to keep him. Bet the Ottawa RedBlacks noticed. They might want him too in the expansion draft. If you were to look at the stats from this one, it should have been a much closer contest, but the Argos were able to finish against an outclassed defence, and Winnipeg, using a second-string receiving corps due to injury, could not.
6. EDMONTON ESKIMOS [Up from 8]
Overall record: 1-3
Streak: Lost 2

The Green and Gold put in a decent effort in losing to B.C. this week, and really, this is what rebuilding looks like. There were some positives, such as more than 100 yards rushing, and Mike Reilly looking like he's beginning to get some kind of idea out there. That panicked pick in the shadow of his own goal post was dumb. Nate Coehoorn is becoming an elite receiver. Loved all the goofy people on Twitter saying Jon Crompton should get a chance because he became the 700th backup to enter a game late and do well. Folks, they didn't prepare for this guy, that's why these things happen.
7. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS [Down from 5]
Overall record:1-3
Streak: Lost 1

How fans of the Kitties don't get car sick watching this club's ups and downs is beyond me. And it's been going on for years now. No consistency. Still early in Kent Austin's career as this vehicle's mechanic, but the Lexus-Edsel switcheroo has to stop. Where this really went wrong is Saskatchewan had over 150 yards rushing, and Hamilton had 16. QB Henry Burris had 10 of those just trying to stay alive. Must find a running back. Just 10 first downs while the clawless defence was being ripped apart. The special teams coverage was good, so that's something. Now they have the Riders again, in Guelph.

8. MONTREAL ALOUETTES [Down from 7]
Overall record: 1-3
Streak: Lost 3

No other team in CFL history has lost a game after leading by that much (24-0) following the first quarter. Embarrassing. What's weird about this, and I'm used to living on an island alone, is these guys seem to be trying hard, they just aren't doing anything. First, there's no discipline. There were 13 penalties this time. Bonehead plays, like Noel Devine not protecting the ball as he was run down from behind on a 108-yard return that could have put the Als right back in it. And on, and on. Always been against changing head coaches in mid-season, and it won't work here. Just have to keep plugging, and see what happens.



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