Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Power Poll (Week 5)

Another great week in the CFL leads us to another edition of the Power Poll. It was a great week of football that saw the waters get a little muddier. There was a bit of a shift in the hierarchy this week as the defending champs tumble down the rankings.

1. Edmonton Eskimos (Last Week: 1)

What can be said about the Eskimos that hasn't already been said? They just find ways to win football games. It was another strong effort from the Green & Gold as they upped their record to 5-0 and solidified their position atop the Power Poll.

2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Last Week: 3)

The Bombers still have trouble on Offense, but that won't matter if their Defense continues to pile up sacks at a ridiculous pace – averaging over four per game! Next week, Winnipeg gets their shot at the number-one spot when they take on the Edmonton Eskimos at Canad Inns Stadium.

3. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Last Week: 4)

Seems like a long time ago when the Tabbies were at number eight. That's what three wins in a row will do for you, the last coming against the Montreal Alouettes. If the Cats keep it up, they will be on top in no time.

4. Montreal Alouettes (Last Week: 2)

Montreal's descent continues as they suffer their second loss in a row. There are no excuses for this one, as Anthony Calvillo played the entire game and the Als simply got beat. Expect Montreal to come up with a much better effort in Week 6 against Toronto.

5. Calgary Stampeders (Last Week: 5)

I just don't understand Calgary. They may be 3-2, but they are the most uninspiring 3-2 team I've ever seen. Winning in Regina is never easy, but I just don't feel confident about this Stampeder squad. They face a tough test this upcoming week as the red-hot Hamilton Tiger-Cats make the trek to McMahon Stadium.

6. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Last Week: 6)

Just when I thought Saskatchewan was going to turn the corner, they fell flat on their face. They should have won in Week 5 against Calgary because everything was in their favour. The Riders were at home, against a team that was hardly a world beater, coming off a stellar win the previous week. This is simply a mediocre football club.

7. Toronto Argonauts (Last Week: 7)

Kudos to the Argos for a great effort against the undefeated Eskimos. But a loss is a loss, and the Boatmen have now lost four straight. Until the Argos find themselves a Quarterback, the losses will continue to increase. Things won't get much easier for Toronto as they face an angry Alouette team on Thursday at the Rogers Centre SkyDome.

8. BC Lions (Last Week: 8)

Bringing up the rear are the winless BC Lions. I picked them to finish first in the West; boy was I wrong. The Lions have played well in pretty much every game, but they lack that certain something to get the win. But with Saskatchewan's troubles, the Lions are not in as bad a position as a winless team should be. And BC will get their chance in Week 6 as they face the Riders at Empire Field. A win there and BC will move up the poll.

Highest Climb: Winnipeg, Hamilton (+1)
Steepest Fall: Montreal (-2)

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