It was a rather mild week in the CFL in Week 14. The good teams (Hamilton, Calgary) beat the bad teams (Toronto, Saskatchewan), a healthy team (Montreal) beat an injury-depleted one (Winnipeg) and the home team (BC) beat the road team (Edmonton). For the CFL in 2011, that counts as stability.
1. British Columbia Lions (Last Week: 1)
It sure looks like the light has gone on for Travis Lulay. With the weapons that BC has on Offense – Geroy Simon, Arland Bruce, Akeem Foster, Shawn Gore and Andrew Harris – if Lulay keeps clicking like this, the Lions are going to keep winning.
2. Montreal Alouettes (Last Week: 2)
The near collapse in Winnipeg is not something you usually see from an Anthony Calvillo-led squad. Whether it portends to bigger problems is unknown, but the Als held on and, in the end, that is all that matters.
3. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Last Week: 3)
It's really hard to kill a team for losing with its third-string Quarterback and Running Back starting for the team. But the Bombers are 1-4 since their 7-1 start, so a loss to Hamilton, regardless of the circumstances, should make the people in Winnipeg a little nervous.
4. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Last Week: 4)
It was far from a dominant performance, but the Cats did beat the Argos and have won two in a row. The Tabbies have hovered around .500 all year, but with their next two games against the Bombers and Alouettes, the Cats have a golden chance to move up in the standings.
5. Calgary Stampeders (Last Week 6)
The Stamps eviscerated the Riders, but does that really prove anything? A matchup with the BC Lions looms on the horizon, and the importance of that game for Calgary cannot be understated.
6. Edmonton Eskimos (Last Week: 5)
That 5-0 start seems like an awful long time ago. The Eskimos haven't looked good since Fred Stamps got hurt. With a date with the Riders coming up, they should be able to get some of their confidence back.
7. Toronto Argonauts (Last Week: 7)
You don't win in the CFL without an Offense, and while I am a fan of Steven Jyles, he has not been the cure-all for the Argos' woeful Offense. Toronto has no Receivers. When you're relying on Prechae Rodriguez to light a spark, all hope is lost.
8. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Last Week: 8)
The Riders have completely given up. I don't care how anyone wants to paint it, if you lose back-to-back games by a combined score of 82-8, then you've phoned it in. Changes will be coming in the off-season. This team needs an overhaul.
Highest Climb: Calgary (+1)
Steepest Fall: Edmonton (-1)