1.) Ottawa Redblacks
Yes, the Redblacks did lose, but they also had their second quarterback go down with an injury and still only lost by 1 point. Brock Jensen was impressive in relief of Trevor Harris. The RedBlacks have announced that Henry Burris will be coming back for Week 6, and that will help the offense immensely. Still with the most points overall, the Redblacks remain in the top spot by a hair.
2.) B.C. Lions
Even though the Lions did not play this past week, they still finished on top of the Western Division and shall remain in the second spot.
3.) Calgary Stampeders
The Stampeders had a fine return to form, Bo Levi-Mitchell absolutely torched the Blue Bombers defense by throwing for the three touchdowns and 310-yards with a 70.7 passing percentage. The Stamps led wire-to-wire for a decisive victory on the road in Winnipeg and are looking better with each game. They should look to keep climbing in the standings.
4.) Hamilton Tiger-Cats
What a difference a half makes for these Tiger-Cats. Down 31-7 at one point during their game against Edmonton, Hamilton came roaring back in the second half to pull off an epic 37-31 win. Jeremiah Masoli set a new CFL consecutive completions record and the team completed the largest comeback in their history to jump up to fourth in these rankings.
5.) Toronto Argonauts
The Toronto Argonauts finally got their first win of the season at BMO Field, and now we’ll have to see if they can use that home win to go on a run. It will be tough due to the announcement of Ricky Ray’s MCL sprain, that will keep him out for three to five weeks. It will be interesting to see how Logan Kilgore handles a starting role in Toronto. Full marks however for a nice win versus the troubled Alouettes to put the Argonauts into fifth.
6.) Edmonton Eskimos
Edmonton are by far the biggest sliders of the week as they completely imploded during the second half of their game against the Tiger-Cats. The Eskimos need to clean up parts of their defensive play or the roller coaster season will continue in Edmonton after getting torched for 391-yards by Hamilton. The optics of a blown 25 point lead are not good.
7.) Saskatchewan Roughriders
Finally Roughrider fans, your boys in green and white have their first win of the season, and in doing so have leapfrogged the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Western Division. The fight in the Roughriders was evident all night long as they never backed down to one of the league’s most potent offenses in Ottawa. They were able to set up a money field goal late by Tyler Crapigna to send Ottawa home with their first loss of the season – which also pulled Saskatchewan out of the power rankings cellar for the first time this season. Wins like that could be the spark of a good run by this team, but we will have to wait and see.
8.) Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Things went from bad to worse in Winnipeg this week. The team has dropped to a 1-4 record and to last place overall in the Western Division. Drew Willy was pulled from an ugly start, which included a poor interception to Joe Burnett that was easily taken back for a touchdown. The play on the field needs to improve for the Blue Bombers or big changes will be on the horizon in the Manitoba capital.
9.) Montreal Alouettes
Things are also on the verge of reeling out of control in Montreal. After their blowout loss to Hamilton, Nik Lewis – a veteran CFL slotback – called out his team to the media in hopes of sparking their dormant offense. The Alouettes came to BMO Field and were in the game at points, but just could not put together a full 60 minute effort. With their weak offensive play, the Alouettes find themselves sliding into last place in our rankings.