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Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray, left, celebrates a touchdown with slotback Jason Barnes on Sunday. Visiting Edmonton shocked the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium to conclude Week 1. ((Liam Richards/Canadian Press))

Once a week Malcolm Kelly breaks down the balance of power in the Canadian Football League.

1. MONTREAL ALOUETTES
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: One win

Anthony Calvillo threw three first-half touchdowns and looked ready to destroy the B.C. Lions, but then the offence went quiet and the defence fell asleep, allowing the visitors back into it. Nice game from running back Brandon Whittaker (119 yards). Losing defensive back Jerald Brown was a tough blow as he’s likely out for the year.
2. TORONTO ARGONAUTS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: One win

We’ll say it again: all the Argos need out of QB Cleo Lemon is an average year and this club will be very good. That’s what he was against the vaunted Stamps. RB Cory Boyd picked up where he left off last year (100 yards). Defensive tackle Claude Wroten (two sacks) looks like he could be the find of the early season. Losing hugely underrated non-import LB Jason Pottinger to injury hurts because he’s such a key to that defence.
3. EDMONTON ESKIMOS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: One win

Meet JC Sherritt, rookie outside linebacker, who came off the practice roster to start on Sunday night and had a mere 11 tackles. That’s why the Eskimos are going to be fun to watch because we’ll be meeting so many new people each week. The Esks looked great upsetting Saskatchewan with a cobbled together offensive line and old Ricky Ray throwing for almost 300 yards. Don’t get carried away yet, Edmonton fans, but kudos all around.
4. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: One win

QB Buck Pierce got through the first game unscathed (despite an enormous hit that left everyone wondering if the oft-concussed pivot would get up – he got up), the defence looked good, defensive back Alex Suber was outstanding against the Cats’ Arland Bruce, and all in all it was a great first week.
5. B.C. LIONS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: One loss

Terrible start against Montreal but full credit for battling right back and outscoring the Grey Cup champs 16-3 in the second half. Travis Lulay’s 366 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions were encouraging. Newcomer Tim Brown ran punts and kicks back for 182 yards, heralding a possible new star. But the Lions have a hole down the middle of the secondary they have to close.
6. CALGARY STAMPEDERS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: One loss

Offence looked good at times, rough at other points, but it will come around. Defence was mostly unlucky, though the rebuilding job at cornerback is still going to take some time. Terrible night for Rob Maver, who missed three field goals, had teammate Jon Cornish step on his foot and then tore a quad muscle and is out a while. Can punter Burke Dales place kick?
7. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: One loss

Flat, flat, flat (please insert your own prairie joke here). No pressure from the defensive line. Too soft in the secondary. Three picks from QB Darian Durant and a fumble. But the offence came up with over 400 yards, so this has to be on the defence in the end. They’ll get this straightened out, we’re sure. Just don’t wait too long.
8. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: One loss

Somehow coach Marcel Bellefeuille has already set off a quarterback controversy by pulling Kevin Glenn in the second half when he ran into a tough spot and tossed two interceptions (three overall). Quinton Porter starts Week 2? Really? We’ve seen this story before, the Kitties scoring lots of early points and then getting nothing the rest of the way.