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Jul 21, 2015

Stamps lead, Esks rise in Power Rankings

The Calgary Stampeders continue to lead the CFL Power Rankings, ahead of the B.C. Lions and Edmonton Eskimos.

Jon Cornish Bo Levi Mitchell

The Calgary Stampeders continue to lead the CFL Power Rankings, ahead of the B.C. Lions and Edmonton Eskimos.

Early in the season, it appeared that the East was gaining ground in the rankings, but Western dominance is once again taking hold.

There wasn't a lot of movement in this week's rankings -- a function of so many close games -- but the Eskimos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats flip-flopped to third and fifth, respectively.

 

Calgary Stampeders

This Week: 1 | Last Week:1 | Record: 3-1

TEAM STATS

  • PF
    86
  • PA
    97
  • DIFF
    -11
  • YDS/GP
    344.8
  • YDSA/GP
    336.8

Yet again, not the most impressive performance but, despite only 165 yards passing for Bo Levi Mitchell, the Stampeders took a 26-25 decision against Winnipeg, and that was enough to keep them ranked at No. 1. That the Stampeders, with relatively mediocre performances, have been able to hold the number one spot speaks more to questions about the rest of the challengers than it is am affirmation of Calgary's dominance.

Key Injuries: DT Corey Mace (foot), T Dan Federkeil (leg), T Edwin Harrison (leg).

B.C. Lions

This Week: 2 | Last Week: 2 | Record: 2-1

TEAM STATS

  • PF
    78
  • PA
    83
  • DIFF
    -5
  • YDS/GP
    373.3
  • YDSA/GP
    465.5

Found a way to hold on for the win in Saskatchewan, despite giving up 501 yards to the Riders. QB Travis Lulay only threw for 127 yards too, but he ran for 105 yards and found A.C. Leonard for a couple of touchdowns to make the difference.

Key Injuries:  WR Lavelle Hawkins (arm), DB Ryan Phillips (hamstring).

Edmonton Eskimos

This Week: 3 | Last Week: 5 | Record: 2-1

TEAM STATS

  • PF
    80
  • PA
    55
  • DIFF
    +25
  • YDS/GP
    342.7
  • YDSA/GP
    334.3

The Eskimos have established that they can beat the RedBlacks, and while that's certainly better than losing, it still leaves some question about how good Edmonton might be. What's been encouraging is that their backfield, between Shakir Bell and Kendial Lawrence, has been productive enough in the absence of John White, that it has made life easier for QB Matt Nichols.

Key Injuries: RB John White (Achilles), G Simeon Rottier (knee), WR Shamawd Chambers (knee), QB Mike Reilly (knee), G Greg Wojt (concussion).

Toronto Argonauts

This Week: 4 | Last Week: 4 | Record: 2-1

TEAM STATS

  • PF
    88
  • PA
    76
  • DIFF
    +12
  • YDS/GP
    372.7
  • YDSA/GP
    413.0

The life away from home continues for the Argos (who will play four of their first five on the road) heading to B.C. this week, but Toronto is coming off a bye and relatively impressive performances through the first three games of the season. With every game, QB Trevor Harris is making it easier to envision him as the team's quarterback of the future.

Key Injuries: QB Ricky Ray (shoulder), SB Andre Durie (knee).

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

This Week: 5 | Last Week: 3 | Record: 1-2

TEAM STATS

  • PF
    88
  • PA
    67
  • DIFF
    +21
  • YDS/GP
    388.3
  • YDSA/GP
    308.3

A sloppy loss at Montreal last Thursday, with QB Zach Collaros throwing three interceptions, puts a dent in the TiCats' early-season record, but it's not a major indictment either. Hamilton's two losses have both been on the road and by a combined total of five points, so they're not too far off where they need to be.

Key Injuries: RB C.J. Gable (hand), WR Luke Tasker (knee), DT Brian Bulcke (knee), DT Linden Gaydosh (Achilles), DE Eric Norwood (lower body).

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

This Week: 6 | Last Week:6 | Record: 2-2

TEAM STATS

  • PF
    106
  • PA
    127
  • DIFF
    -21
  • YDS/GP
    355.5
  • YDSA/GP
    424.8

Close but not quite in Calgary, in a game that saw the Bombers score on two passing plays of longer than 70 yards. More encouraging, though, was that the defence was at least adequate, which is more than could be said earlier in the season.

Key Injuries:  None.

Montreal Alouettes

This Week: 7 | Last Week: 7 | Record: 2-2

TEAM STATS

  • PF
    85
  • PA
    69
  • DIFF
    +16
  • YDS/GP
    336.5
  • YDSA/GP
    358.0

The win over Hamilton wasn't pretty, but for an Alouettes team running its third-string QB, they can take the victory and not worry about style points. That said, the continued progress of QB Rakeem Kato does open the door for better results moving forward.

Key Injuries: WR Eric Deslauriers (finger), DB Andrew Lue (hamstring), DE Aaron Lavarias (arm), WR James Rodgers (undisclosed), QB Dan LeFevour (shoulder), QB Jonathan Crompton (shoulder), LB Kyries Hebert (ankle), LB Bear Woods (pectoral).

Ottawa RedBlacks

This Week: 8 | Last Week: 8 | Record: 2-2

TEAM STATS

  • PF
    76
  • PA
    101
  • DIFF
    -25
  • YDS/GP
    335.8
  • YDSA/GP
    319.8

After the first two wins, it looked like the RedBlacks could be a surprise team, but after back-to-back losses against Edmonton, skepticism reigns once again.

Key Injuries: WR Marcus Henry (undisclosed), DE Justin Capicciotti (undisclosed), MLB Travis Brown (shoulder).

Saskatchewan Roughriders

This Week: 9 | Last Week: 9 | Record: 0-4

TEAM STATS

  • PF
    122
  • PA
    134
  • DIFF
    -12
  • YDS/GP
    510.8
  • YDSA/GP
    411.0

This is getting kind of ridiculous. Another game in which the Riders pile up 500 yards in total offence and still lose a close one. Now, falling behind 27-11 and mounting a furious comeback isn't quite the same as being competitive throughout the game, but a team averaging better than 500 yards in total offence that has been outscored by a total of a dozen points in four weeks should be better than 0-4.

Key Injuries:  WR Ryan Smith (undisclosed), QB Darian Durant (Achilles), ILB Shea Emry (neck)

Scott Cullen can be reached at scott.cullen@bellmedia.ca