July 7, 2014

CFL.ca Power Rankings: Eskimos enter top half


CFL.ca Staff

Calgary Stampeders
Week 1 Ranking: 1
No game, no change. After trouncing the Alouettes in Week 1, the Stampeders entered their first of two bye weeks of the season for an early rest. This week, Bo Levi Mitchell will lead the Stamps on their first road trip of the year to Toronto, where they’ll face Ricky Ray and the Argonauts.

Saskatchewan Roughriders
Week 1 Ranking: 2

Even the elite are allowed a rough outing every now and then, right? The Riders head home to face the BC Lions on Saturday night at Mosaic, following what can only be described a forgettable loss to Toronto on the road. Expect Corey Chamblin to work his team to the bone this week, after admitting that the Riders didn’t have the best sequence of practices heading into Week 2.

Toronto Argonauts
Week 1 Ranking: 5

The Boatmen shoot up two spots after a dominant, all-hands-on-deck win over the Roughriders on Saturday afternoon. Ricky Ray was nearly perfect, throwing for over 400 yards for the fourth time as an Argo. If the Double Blue intend on staying in three-spot, they’ll need to show up against the visiting Stampeders in Week 3, and prove that their Week 2 outing was not a one-time display.

Edmonton Eskimos
Week 1 Ranking:
The Green and Gold rise to the upper-echelon of the Power Rankings after registering a second-straight win to start the new season. The Esks will have the chance at starting their year with three-straight wins for the first time since 2011, when a certain someone was leading the way for them under centre. Meanwhile, Mike Reilly has been solid so far, and appears to be more comfortable in the pocket behind a refurbished offensive line. A date with the REDBLACKS await at Commonwealth Stadium.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Week 1 Ranking: 7

After those who choose the Power Rankings took plenty of heat from Bomber fans in Week 1, the Blue and Gold rise two spots to #5 after a comeback win over the expansion REDBLACKS. Winnipeg will vie for their third-straight win on Friday Night Football in Montreal against an Alouettes team that they’ve had some success against in recent seasons. Are the Bombers for real? Only time and more wins may tell.

Montreal Alouettes
Week 1 Ranking: 8
After looking out of sorts a week earlier in Montreal’s season debut against Calgary, Troy Smith looked better in Week 2. Much like last week, it was the defence, and the play of tailback Brandon Whitaker that kept the Als above sea-level. Smith has yet to throw a touchdown pass in two games this season, and he’ll look to change that against a rising Bombers team.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Week 1 Ranking: 3

Hamilton enters their first bye week of the season after dropping a last-second decision to the Eskimos on Friday Night Football. Expect Kent Austin to be hard at work.

BC Lions
Week 1 Ranking: 4
It looks like Kevin Glenn needs some more time to figure out BC’s offence. Glenn has thrown six interceptions in two games, which is one less than he threw all last year. It won’t get much easier for the Lions this week, as they’ll face the Roughriders at what’s expected to be a wild Mosaic Stadium.

Week 1 Ranking: 9
In their franchise debut, Ottawa stunned the CFL world by taking the Bombers to the limit. If that’s the type of football we can expect from the REDBLACKS in 2014, then things might get interesting in the East.