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1.) Ottawa RedBlacks
Although they played to a tie against Calgary, the Ottawa offense looked as strong as ever against one of the better teams in the league. Trevor Harris and Chris Williams are becoming an ever more deadly combination with each passing play. Ottawa is quickly showing that last year was no fluke, and they will take the top spot in our power rankings.
2.) Toronto Argonauts
After an embarrassing season opening loss to the Tiger-Cats, the Argos responded admirably. Ricky Ray appears to be in fine form as he has a glut of young, skilled Toronto receivers to throw to. The team has shown great character in two western road wins but now must find a way to win their first ever game at BMO Field.
3.) Edmonton Eskimos
The defending Grey Cup champs got their first win of the season against the Roughriders. Adarius Bowman showed great form hauling in three touchdowns in an overtime thriller to beat their former coach Chris Jones. The defending champions get the benefit of the doubt this week, but if they continue to close out games like they did against Saskatchewan it’s going to be one heck of a roller coaster ride in Edmonton.
4.) Calgary Stampeders
Although they tied with Ottawa, Calgary did not start well in the game but showed great fight in clawing back to salvage a tie. Bo-Levi Mitchell looked in fine form as well. Although they didn’t win, they certainly didn’t lose either, so they will grab our fourth spot in the power rankings.
5.) B.C. Lions
B.C. had a chance to put themselves in the top spot, had they been able to get a win and go to 3-0. The Lions unfortunately played to a tough home loss to the Argonauts that chased starter Jonathan Jennings from the game. A good bounce back performance could easily vault the Lions up in the rankings.
6.) Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Yes, they picked up their first win of the season, and while Hamilton made the majority of the errors, the Blue Bombers certainly didn’t play a clean game either. The Blue Bombers do however have a big first win of the year and could use it to springboard into bigger and better things this season.
7.) Montreal Alouettes
Montreal had the week off but was placed here due to less losses than Hamilton, and Hamilton’s poor performance versus the Blue Bombers.
8.) Hamilton Tiger-Cats
It’s still early Tiger-Cats fans, the last two losses have not been pretty, especially with the way the team repeatedly fumbled the ball throughout the game against Winnipeg. This team does however have great depth and skill on offense and needs to clean up the little things to hopefully bounce back and move up these power rankings.
9.) Saskatchewan Roughriders
First off, I want to give the Roughriders a ton of credit for never backing down in their contest with Edmonton. They showed great fight all game long but just could not find that big play during the game or overtime to seal it, thus find themselves at 0-2 and in the number nine spot in our power rankings.