Tuesday 12 July 2011

Power Poll (Week 2)

Not a lot of change this week, but one change in particular is sure to spark some anger from that team's fan base. But I will explain my choices just like I did in the previous installments.

1. Montreal Alouettes (Last Week: 1)

This one was fairly simple. The Als were first last week; they won again, so they stay in first. Until someone beats Montreal or plays considerably better, they will maintain in top spot.

2. Edmonton Eskimos (Last Week: 2)

Similar to Montreal, Edmonton rolled again in Week 2. Until someone knocks them off, they're staying right where they are.

3. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Last Week: 5)

I may have underestimated Winnipeg a bit, because last week I wasn't impressed with their victory, and I ranked them accordingly. I was a little more impressed this week, and was blown away by the Defense. The Offense is still a problem, and if a solution isn't found, this team will run out of steam. But that's for later; right now, Winnipeg is the third-best team in the CFL.

4. Calgary Stampeders (Last Week: 7)

I think my jumping of Calgary over Toronto (who beat Calgary in Week 1) will be viewed as biased because I hate the Argos. But Calgary looked much better in their win over BC than Toronto did in their win over Calgary. Both of them played horrendous in their respective losses, so for that I jumped the Stamps ahead of the Argos despite the head-to-head result.

5. Toronto Argonauts (Last Week: 3)

I wasn't sold on the Argos last week, but thought they might have a little of that 2010 magic in them in 2011. They played horrendously against what looks to be a very good Bombers team, but Toronto is still probably the most confounding team in the league. Until they show some consistency, their ranking is likely to be all over the place.

6. BC Lions (Last Week: 4)

BC is 0-2, and they might be the best 0-2 team I've ever seen. They have lost their two games by a combined six points, and each loss can be attributed to odd play calling by the coaching staff. If the BC coaches can stop making bonehead calls, the Lions could be as good as any team in the CFL. Until then, they will continue to be the best of the worst.

7. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Last Week: 6)

The Riders have issues; that much is certain. How they plan to fix those issues, that is uncertain. The Defense seems incapable of stopping anyone (42 points allowed to Edmonton, 39 points allowed to Montreal), and the team can't expect the Offense to carry the load while the Defense gives up over 40 points per game. That's a recipe for disaster, and right now the Riders are a disaster.

8. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Last Week: 8)

As much as it pains me to say, Hamilton is clearly the worst team in the CFL. The Defense is being asked to do a lot because the Offense doesn't seem to be able to do anything. Two games, 26 points. That's nowhere near acceptable. Right now, this is not a good football team.

Highest Climb: Calgary (+3)
Steepest Fall: Toronto, BC (-2)

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