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Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 | 12:40 AM

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback Aaron Woods, right, runs the ball against the B.C Lions during the second half in Vancouver on Monday. (Ben Nelms/Reuters) Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback Aaron Woods, right, runs the ball against the B.C Lions during the second half in Vancouver on Monday. (Ben Nelms/Reuters)

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Once a week, Malcolm Kelly breaks down the balance of power in the Canadian Football League. Find out which teams he thinks were studs and duds in Week 6.

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

Overall record:5-0
Streak: Won 5

Over in southern Alberta, they're doing a lot of neighing about how Friday will be the real test for the undefeated Riders as they shoot for an even half-dozen in a row. Thought they'd already passed that exam, having beaten Calgary and Toronto so far in the streak. Looking for reasons why this club is rolling, you don't have to go any further than that fella standing back there behind the QB. Kory Sheets has 712 yards and a 6.0 average per carry. That opens everything else up. Linebackers can't cheat, there's single coverage all over the place and the offence is feasting. Darian Durant returns at pivot. More good news.
Overall record: 4-1
Streak: Won 3

If anyone had time during bye-week vacation to soul search, this group might have focused on how they were able to give up 22 unanswered second-half points to the Riders when they first met back in Week 2. That was a touch humiliating, but post-game interviews touched on how it was blah blah a learning process, and blah blah we'll remember that. Friday would be nice. Coach John Hufnagel announced Drew Tate, who was injured in the loss to Regina, would be back at QB this week despite the tremendous effort by Bo Levi Mitchell in beating Winnipeg. The White Stallions will have Durant to contend with, so the defence has to be sharp. Still too early for this one to be any sort of must-win game.
Overall record: 3-2
Streak: Won 2

Here's some news: Argos come out of their relatively short bye week with Ricky Ray likely back at the helm. Here's some other news: Because of their decidedly third-class status at the Rogers Centre, schedule vagaries mean these guys go to Montreal on Thursday to play just their second game in 19 days. Toronto continues to tinker with its defensive line, looking for some combination it likes. At the same time, the rebuilding secondary seems to be coming together. The loss of RB Chad Kackert was worrisome, but Curtis Steele had 109 yards running and catching against the Lions as the understudy. What he has to show this week is the ability to block for Ray, who does not run around avoiding folks in the way backup Zach Collaros did last week.
4. B.C. LIONS [Down from 3]
Overall record: 4-2
Streak: Won 1

A win's nice and all, but didn't really like this one enough to keep the Lions in front of the Argos. Too many first-half mistakes and a lack of running game all night allowed an inferior team to stay in the game. Travis Lulay looked good once he warmed up, though those four sacks can't happen again. Kicker Paul McCallum is showing his age, but next game he could look 25 - that's the way it goes when you are athletically a senior citizen. Most important for the Lions is they got over the red zone hump and started to finish drives again. Bringing WR Emmanuel Arceneaux back this year is going to make a huge difference in the long term. Big target. Big-time player.

Overall record: 2-3
Streak: Won 1

GM Jim Popp admits his mistake, fires coach Dan Hawkins after five games, appoints Doug Berry the offensive co-ordinator, himself as the new field general and then finds out RB Brandon Whitaker, coming off a superb game, may be out for a few weeks, slot back Jamel Richardson is gone for the season and Ricky Ray will likely be quarterbacking the Argos when they show up on Thursday night. Nice week. So out they went practising in the glow of an altered sun with Anthony Calvillo calling his own plays and everyone talking about the "Alouettes Way" in the press. Question: If Popp knew in training camp that Hawkins wasn't keeping to the "deal" of not making major changes, why didn't he step in then? Now it's up to Jim himself, and AC.

Overall record:2-4
Streak: Won 1

Better. Henry Burris ran what looked like Hamilton's successful 2012 offence against the Eskimos this week for two reasons: He had his regular receivers back from injury (minus Andy Fantuz), and the running game wracked up more than 160 yards. So the Kitties are moving the ball, as they actually did in the second straight loss to the Riders the week before. And all those teenagers playing in the secondary had a pretty good game too, so there's hope there. On the other hand, they almost blew this one in the late going. No time for self-congratulation, you see. The 14 days between games are manna from heaven for this injury-ravaged outfit.
Overall record: 1-5
Streak: Lost 4

Justin Goltz (13-of-28, 112 yards) is going to take time to develop into a first-string quarterback, and the cost of that will be games like this. He wasn't very good, but now he's been anointed this team's offensive leader, patience will be required. Defence played well against B.C., especially in stopping the run and rushing Travis Lulay (four sacks). They ultimately spent too much time on the field and ran out of gas. Complaint: Safeties are stupid, especially when you give up one late that breaks a tie against a good offence when your own attack is doing absolutely nothing and your defence is competing. Stop it. (Thank you, Rider fans, I know it worked once, but that proved the rule).
8. EDMONTON ESKIMOS [Down from 6]
Overall record: 1-5
Streak: Lost 4

Ted Turner famously wrote that in a crisis, do something. And if that doesn't work, do something else. I don't think he had the Eskimos in mind however, a team whose coaches take a creative approach to crisis management by often doing the exact opposite of what everyone else might think of. Such as that decision to not try the field goal in the final seconds of the first half against Hamilton. Or a confusing use of personnel (such as not having QB Mike Reilly handle the two-point conversion at the end there). Reilly, by the way, is now developing well. Shocking considering the beating he's taking because the O-Line and the blocking schemes are a mess. Eskies have an awful schedule coming up.

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