Once a week, CBCSports.ca breaks down the balance of power in the Canadian Football League.

1. MONTREAL ALOUETTES [up from 2]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: Three wins

A big win over Hamilton this week showed what this old horse can still do when given its head. But didn't you just see the Als’ whole season slipping away for a second there when it looked as though QB Anthony Calvillo might be injured? Defence forced four big turnovers in front of its first home crowd of the year.
2. CALGARY STAMPEDERS [up from 3]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: One win

QB Henry Burris had a bad first half with two picks to give him six in two weeks, but came out fabulously in the second against Saskatchewan. The defence picked off three passes by Darian Durant and kept the Riders' running game under control.
3. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS [down from 1]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: One loss

All good teams need someone to slap them upside the helmet once in a while to help keep things in focus (hello Darian Durant). What's worrisome, however, is that the other two best teams (Montreal and Calgary) have scored a combined 91 points against the Rider defence. Must fill those holes.
4. TORONTO ARGONAUTS [unchanged]
Overall record: 3-1
Streak: Three wins

In the late going against B.C., young Ryan Christian went down with a cramp and on to the field ran vets Jeremaine Copeland and Andre Durie to carry him off. This team is together. How are they winning? With great defence. And not taking penalties. Imagine what happens when QB Cleo Lemon works out what he's doing.
5. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS [up from 7]
Overall record: 2-2
Streak: One win

Nice legs on quarterback Steven Jyles, who scampered for 63 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Edmonton. But remember, that's how Buck Pierce got hurt. The defence really earned this one with a terrific effort. DB Clint Kent had seven big tackles.
6. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS [unchanged]
Overall record: 1-3
Streak: One loss

The Cats are allergic to Montreal, and now they have to go into Saskatchewan where the Riders will be angry. Fumbled the ball three times against the Als. Defence did enough to keep the Kitties in this one until they got tired in the fourth.
7. B.C. LIONS [down from 5]
Overall record: 1-3
Streak: Three losses

Travis Lulay looked really nice at QB in the first half against Toronto, then collapsed in the second. So did the rest of the team. You can't blame this one on the young offensive line - it gave up no sacks to a real good defence. The pieces are here, they just aren't fitting.
8. EDMONTON ESKIMOS [unchanged]
Overall record: 0-4
Streak: Four losses

Arkee Whitlock made a nice run in the first half against Winnipeg, turned to his bench and pounded a fist on his heart as if to say "Let's go, boys." Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Dull. Lifeless. Mistake prone. Rather than making things happen, these guys are waiting for something to happen. Like, say, getting cut. Or the coach to be fired.