Wednesday, July 30, 2014

2014 CFL Power Rankings Week 5

1. Calgary Stampeders
Undefeated, beat Edmonton on the road despite a huge number of fans drawn by an epic 50/50 draw. As long as they keep Drew Tate from starting, they're good.

2. Edmonton Eskimos
So they lost to the Stamps at home. If not for an ill-timed third down gamble, there was a possibility to win this game. A lot better than the Eskimos of last year, that's for sure.

3. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Still only one loss and hung on on the Lions last week, who some probably still consider a good team.

4. Saskatchewan Rough Riders
Kind of a bipolar team (no offense to bipolar people). Gets waxed by the Argos at home, waxes the Argos on the road. Both the offense and defense it somewhat mediocre.

5. BC Lions
They have two wins so they have to go here. Also all five Western teams are ranked above the Eastern teams, which is amusing.

6. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Banished from the basement on the strength of a quarterback performance for the ages by Dan LeFevour, the Cats are tied for first in the East with a win. Collaros is apparently out concussed for some time longer, but LeFevour seems like an OK replacement. Pass defence the last two games has been surprisingly good, considering the number of Canadians starting.

7. Toronto Argonauts
Ricky Ray. That's pretty much enough for seventh. Also despite all their receiver injuries, they're cobbling a corps together that isn't totally shit. In theory, when everyone gets healthy there should be some Darwinian battle for starting spots that should lead to good things. That's looking pretty far ahead for power rankings.

8. Ottawa Redblacks
Actually, considering they were on the road and LeFevour's crazy stats, the Redblacks were in this game and had a chance until they couldn't convert a third and two late. A mediocre defence and mediocre receivers (although the just signed Onrea Jones should help, although why he wasn't signed earlier by Ottawa or Toronto for that matter is puzzling) is holding Ottawa back.

9. Montreal Alouettes
Maybe the Alouettes shouldn't have bet on Troy Smith, who some are calling Cleo Lemon 2: Electric Boogaloo. Although Cleo bizarrely managed to win some games for the Argos despite his shitty stats.  

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