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Travis Lulay, left, and the Lions have opened the season with a pair of losses, but there are plenty of reasons for optimism in B.C. ((Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press))

Malcolm Kelly's weekly breakdown of the balance of power in the Canadian Football League:

1. MONTREAL ALOUETTES [Unchanged]
Overall record: 2-0
Streak: Two wins

Anyone else notice that play late in the game where two of Anthony Calvillo’s receivers went offside? He calmly called them back, reset everybody and started the play all over again before the play clock ran out. No panic. That’s leadership. Five Calvillo touchdown passes tied him with Damon Allen for first overall all time. Not much of a running game, but why run if you don’t have to?
2. EDMONTON ESKIMOS [Up from 3]
Overall record: 2-0
Streak: Two wins

Hands up everyone who thought the Eskimos would look this good two games in? Liars. Fun though, isn’t it? Ricky Ray has thrown for 672 yards so far, the defence is terrific, and Kavis Reed seems to have everyone on the same page. On that subject, a note to Jerome Messam, who talked his way out of B.C. last month. Shhhhh. Don’t say anything. Just take the 17 carries, 104 yards in rushing and two touchdowns, smile nice and move on.
3. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS [Up from 4]
Overall record: 2-0
Streak: Two wins

So, the offence isn’t that hot right now. Who cares? This nice start has been because of that most famous of all Blue and Gold traits from days past - defence. The Bombers beat the snot out of the Argos this week, picking up seven sacks and pounding Toronto stars Chad Owens and Cory Boyd into submission. And the defensive backfield is making sure anything that does leak through is taken care of. Work has to be done making the attack a little more creative. You don’t have to run Fred Reid on first down all the time.
4. CALGARY STAMPEDERS [Up from 6]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: One win

Had to hang on for a win against B.C., but this was better than week one, certainly. Henry Burris is still finding himself, throwing for three touchdowns and three interceptions (plus losing a fumble), and the faster Bad Henry can be replaced by Smilin’ Hank, the better. Landan Talley’s 150 yards in kick returns, four catches for 55 yards and a touchdown show his late season stats in 2010 weren’t a fluke.
5. B.C. LIONS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 0-2
Streak: Two losses

A pair of defeats to perhaps the best two teams in the league by a total of six points. Wally Buono seems to have something here. The Lions are giving up too much on defence, but let’s see how they fare against the average teams in the CFL. On offence, a running game would be nice. When your quarterback runs for 28 yards and it’s double what the guys who are paid to carry the ball get, there’s a problem to straighten out. Still, B.C. has looked awfully good for an 0-2 team.
6. TORONTO ARGONAUTS [Down from 2]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: One loss

Best thing to do after a mess like the one in Winnipeg is watch the video, figure out what went wrong and then bury it somewhere no one will ever find it. Like the vault at Gringotts. Most troubling here is the way the Bombers overwhelmed the Toronto offensive line, a unit that must be strong if the Argos are going to reach their potential. Seven sacks are simply unacceptable. Can’t imagine Chad Owens dropping the ball three times in one game again.
7. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 0-2
Streak: Two losses

Here’s a number that should scare the bejeesus out of Rider fans: 81. That’s the number of points the Green and White have given up in just two games. Quarterbacks Ricky Ray and Anthony Calvillo have burned the defence for 713 yards passing and eight touchdowns through the air. Sure, loss two was to Montreal. But Edmonton? The Riders, by the way, are 1-6 in their last seven regular-season games going back to 2010.
8. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS [Unchanged]
Overall record: 0-2
Streak: Two losses

How have the Cats managed to turn one of the CFL’s best quarterbacks last year into the stumbling boob he looks like right now? Four interceptions in two games. Arland Bruce (1,303 yards last year) can’t seem to get open. The offence can’t finish drives. And that defence, the one that gave up over 300 yards to Edmonton in the first half this week? Not nearly enough Tiger, far too much Kitty Cat. Still time to work things out, but given the sudden parity in the CFL, they’d better not wait long.