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Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris celebrates a touchdown against the Edmonton Eskimos during Week 11 action. ((John Ulan/Canadian Press))

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

1. CALGARY STAMPEDERS [Up from 3]
Overall record: 7-3
Streak: One win

It’s great when the coaches read this column and follow its advice. QB Henry Burris came out so-so again this week so they went to the run game and piled up over 180 yards led by Joffrey Reynolds, Jon Cornish and Burris himself. Ken-Yon Rambo helped out his pivot by grabbing seven for 121 yards. The Stamps spend the majority of the schedule from here hanging out with the lower tier of the league, so consistency will mean another West title.
2. MONTREAL ALOUETTES [Up from 5]
Overall record: 6-4
Streak: One win

Didn’t it look as though Anthony Calvillo and his receivers, S.J. Green and Jamel Richardson, were spending a sunny Sunday playing pitch and catch in front of McConnell Hall? Just a complete whipping of the Kitty Kats. Why do the Als insist on leaving AC in at QB when the game is well in hand? It’s going to bite them one day. One damper: Cornerback (another one?) Dwight Anderson left the game with a muscle strain that hopefully is minor.
3. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS [Down from 1]
Overall record: 7-3
Streak: Two losses

Can’t go back to the future until all the ghosts from the past are gone. Bombers revisited 2010 on Sunday, turning the ball over six times, including five picks tossed by Buck Pierce, who may have been a little woozy after a big hit. Despite all of that, the offence produced over 400 yards. Now injuries are cropping up, most importantly to middle linebacker Joe Lobendahn. Winnipeg heads to Montreal for the first of three meetings between the East leaders. Too early for those “Saggerville” cracks on Twitter.
4. EDMONTON ESKIMOS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 6-4
Streak: One loss

Not being able to run the ball did the Eskimos in this week as they re-matched with Calgary. Ricky Ray threw for 345 yards, thanks to his receiving corps getting healthy again. More to be heard from this club in 2011. So much talk about Chris Williams in Hamilton being a shoo-in for top rookie, but how about some love for Eskimos’ linebacker JC Sherritt, who had 10 tackles on the weekend to give him 58, second in the CFL. Terrific signing by Eric Tillman.
5. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS [Down from 2]
Overall record: 5-5
Streak: One loss

If the Cats continue this freakish one victory, one defeat thing, the schedule says they’ll win the East semi and lose the final. These guys have got to find some consistency. They were never in the return match with the Alouettes. Kevin Glenn was 13-for-30, they only ran for 39 yards. Terrible. Tough games with Edmonton and Calgary coming up at home, where the Kitties need to stop acting like house cats (I’ll play when I want to, or maybe not) and start acting like Tiger-Cats.
6. B.C. LIONS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 4-6
Streak: Three wins

Tie for sixth. One of the great old saws in sports says in order to win, your best players have to be your best players. Exactly what happened against the Argos, led by receiver Geroy Simon’s six catches for 117 yards (we’ll give him the weird fumble as a one-off), and QB Travis Lulay with 263 yards in the air and a long 53-yard scamper. Keron Williams had three big sacks, taking advantage of a beat up Toronto offensive line. Tad Kornegay is turning out to be a big defensive pickup by Wally Buono.
7. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 3-7
Streak: Two wins

Nice to be back on track, but before everybody starts booking rooms in Vancouver for the Grey Cup, let’s mention that the Riders scored 28 of their points off six Winnipeg turnovers on Sunday. Darian Durant is calling his own plays now and came up with a 14-for-27 day, despite having Andy Fantuz back to fill out what’s now a fully professional receiving squad again. Still, they’ll take the win, especially with awful Toronto coming in. Pay attention – opponents like that can bite you.
8. TORONTO ARGONAUTS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 2-8
Streak: Two losses

It’s going to take a 7-1 finish, at least, to get into the playoffs and since we believe you should never quit in this league, the Argos may as well keep going. But one more loss and it’s time to think 2012, when Toronto hosts the 100th Grey Cup game and just has to be good. New QB Steven Jyles looked OK, actually, and a few more games should shake the rust off. More Cory Boyd from the backfield needed. Linebacking corps has been ruined by injuries.