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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 | 10:01 AM

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Calgary QB Kevin Glenn completed 14 of 20 passes for 228 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the visiting Stamps trampled the Argos 35-14 in a rematch of last year's Grey Cup game. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press) Calgary QB Kevin Glenn completed 14 of 20 passes for 228 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the visiting Stamps trampled the Argos 35-14 in a rematch of last year's Grey Cup game. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

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Kevin Glenn and the brutally efficient Calgary Stampeders remain kings of our rankings after avenging last year's Grey Cup loss with a 35-14 trouncing of the Argonauts in Toronto.

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

1. CALGARY STAMPEDERS[Unchanged]
Overall record: 6-2
Streak: Won 1

That went well. The defence knocked Toronto pivot Ricky Ray out of the contest early, Kevin Glenn was his normally efficient self at QB, Jonathan Williams and Matt Walter combined for 137 yards in for the injured Jon Cornish, eight receivers caught at least one ball and Larry Taylor produced strong field position on kick and punt returns. Charging White Stallions defence shut off any running attack from the Argos and added four sacks. Rene Paredes actually missed a field goal, but that was going to happen sometime. Efficient and practical. Nothing crazy. That's how you win a road game.
2. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS [Unchanged]
Overall record:7-1
Streak: Won 2

Now three straight games the Riders haven't played well as first one part of the machine starts to miss, then another. This time it was the defence, giving up too much on the ground and big plays at poor moments, bailed out by a whacking good game from the line. John Chick must be a frightening sight coming right at you, grinning. Darian Durant led a dynamic attack that relied on its best receivers (Weston Dressler, Chris Getzlaf) to lead the way through the air. And there's Kory Sheets, up over 1,000 yards rushing now in just eight games, a record-setting pace. Keep in mind, he's only run for under 100 yards once this season. He has two against the Bombers' defence now. Update on Rob Bagg: Not as bad as everyone feared and he could be back. Excellent.
3. TORONTO ARGONAUTS[Unchanged]
Overall record: 5-3
Streak: Lost 1

Note to Ricky Ray: When things are falling apart and you are moved to run around out there trying to make something out of nothing, STOP. Fall down. Take the loss. Ray was 6-for-6 and warming up for another sensational game when 250 pounds of Charleston Hughes fell on him, wounding a shoulder and bruising the Argo chances for the night. Zach Collaros came in and, without even a hint of a running game, he had no chance to get anything going because, see, he's not Ricky Ray. Two real problems have appeared -- find a new RB while waiting for Chad Kackert to get back late season, and plug those holes in the secondary.
4. B.C. LIONS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 5-3
Streak: Lost 1

Humiliating. Awful. Embarrassing. How can you possibly lose to a team like Montreal that is wracked by injuries -- missing all of its best offensive players and featuring a third-string QB you picked off four times? Travis Lulay was left to his own devices by the blockers, resulting in four sacks and two fumbles. No running game. Couldn't finish drives (a problem all year). Special teams were just awful. Defence gave up over 460 total yards. Yet they had this one in hand in the final seconds until the secondary gave it back. Why coach Mike Benevides didn't make these guys take the train home to give them time to repent is beyond me.
5. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS[Unchanged]
Overall record:4-4
Streak: Won 3

Would have been nice to move this group into fourth, but those four wins include three against the Bombers and one over Edmonton. For now, the Cats remain King of the Second Division, but they are showing signs of coming together under new head coach Kent Austin. QB Henry Burris had a bit of a down day, but his backup Dan LeFevour was an entertaining key again, running the short yardage unit and catching a return toss from Onrea Jones for a TD of his own. See those running back moves on that? Cool. C.J. Gable is also looking good as a running and passing threat. Now, it's back-to-back with B.C., then Calgary, and we'll see what the Kitties really have.

6. MONTREAL ALOUETTES[Unchanged]
Overall record: 3-5
Streak: Won 1

Larks fans have to be proud of their guys this week after that improbable comeback victory over B.C., given there are nine starters on IR including QB Anthony Calvillo and most of his offensive line. Third-string pivot Tanner Marsh completed only 14 of his 32 tries for 1 TD and four picks, for gosh sakes. Those 14 tosses, however, created 23.9 yards per. And despite tossing two interceptions in the final minutes, Marsh went all Texas-tough on the Lions by moving his team into range for the winning FG. Congrats to Tyron Carrier for his 274 return yards. Montreal? Every chien has its day.

7. EDMONTON ESKIMOS[Unchanged]
Overall record: 1-7
Streak: Lost 6

For gosh sakes, nobody panic. These guys are slowly coming together and are getting closer. A huge win over Saskatchewan almost materialized out of the high northern Alberta sky this week, but two botched trips inside the red zone in the fourth quarter came to nothing. Rebuilding is a bumpy process, and after protecting Mike Reilly so well the week before in Toronto, the big fellas broke down again, leaving the QB on his butt too much. He also needs to recognize where Dwight Anderson is on the field and not throw in that direction. There are good pieces all over this roster, just waiting to mesh together. And those two magic words once again, folks ... Fred Stamps.
8. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS[Unchanged]
Overall record: 1-7
Streak: Lost 6

Too late to panic now, the steamship's gone down. So it's into the yard to start a new one for 2014. Find a couple of good young QBs down south you can develop. Check the NFL cuts for people you can look at over the next 10 games. And when you lay down the keel on the new ship remember that it should be made of talented Canadian players -- lots of them. To that end, the Bombers' most important employee right now may be Kyle Walters, who became head of Canadian scouting this year and had the assistant GM portfolio added to his business card a few weeks back. Go say hi at a CIS game near you. He'll be there. Drop him a name or two.


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