1 Edmonton Eskimos (5-0-0)
Edmonton started well against the B.C. Lions and then had to weather a storm as B.C. played much better in the second half. But once again we saw the class and quality of this STILL undefeated Eskimos squad as they weathered a 10-3 third quarter by the B.C. Lions to come back and put up a strong 16-4 final quarter and had a spectacular 412 yards of offense from Mike Reilly, including the longest touchdown reception in Eskimos history to solidify the win and their first place in our rankings.
2 Calgary Stampeders (4-1-1)
It really doesn’t get much more emphatic than Calgary’s win against the lowly Tiger-Cats. Calgary was obviously favoured going in but they absolutely had their way all night with Hamilton, including putting up 30 points in the second quarter alone. It was a blowout in every sense of the word and will be a massive confidence booster going forward as the Stampeders climb back into 2nd place this week.
3 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (3-2-0)
Winnipeg looked dead in the water, down 40-28 with 1:40 to go but this team incredibly pulled off a stunning rally after falling victim to similar circumstances versus the B.C. Lions a week prior. Winnipeg's ability to shrug off a tough loss from the previous week and come back with a gutsy win the next week will put them in third place this week.
4 B.C. Lions (4-2-0)
Down ten points to begin the second half in their game against the Eskimos, the Lions rallied to tie the game before losing to the Eskimos. Despite the loss, Travis Lulay and the Lions offense continue to play well as he tossed two touchdowns to the sure-handed Emmanuel Arceneaux in a game that still came down to the wire and put the Lions in fourth place this week.
5 Saskatchewan Roughriders (2-3-0)
Saskatchewan got back on the right side of the win-loss column this week with an impressive showing against the Argonauts. Not only did Kevin Glenn throw the football well, but Duron Carter turned in one of the candidates for catch of the year. The Roughriders now have two wins but both have come versus Eastern opponents and they are still 0-3 when playing in their own division this year. If Saskatchewan can improve their in-division play they could find themselves higher than fifth place in the coming weeks.
6 Toronto Argonauts (3-3-0)
The Argonauts suffered a disappointing loss to the Roughriders. They were in the game, even until late in the fourth quarter, but they just could not find a big play to get them over the hump and gave up a huge late touchdown to Saskatchewan to sink them and sink them down to sixth place in the rankings this week. Don't fret too much Argonaut fans about this sixth place finish, the Argonauts are still the best team in the Eastern Division right now.
7 Montreal Alouettes (2-4-0)
The CFL prides itself on it’s “No Lead is Safe” mantra and that was really on display in Montreal’s loss to Winnipeg this past week. Holding a 12-point lead late in the game was not enough as Montreal was shocked by the Blue Bombers to send them reeling into seventh place in the rankings for this week. Montreal feels like a team on the cusp and if they can fix their mistakes they might be able to go on a run in the near future and not blow games like they did against the Bombers.
8 Ottawa RedBlacks (1-4-1)
Ottawa had a grueling schedule last week and had a much deserved bye week and even though they were inactive they still didn’t finish last!
9 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-5-0)
Two words: Complete Disaster. That sums up what was a horrendous night for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Calgary. Hamilton already had been in ninth place for the majority of the season and they really couldn’t have done much more than they already did to lock themselves into last place for another week with that 60-1 embarrassment. Last season I often wrote harshly about Saskatchewan as they had a lengthy losing streak to open the season, with constant comparisons to the 2003 Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the team that finished 1-17. Now it’s time to start comparing this Hamilton team to the one that set a CFL record for the worst single season ever and if things continue the way they have been going, Hamilton may break their own record.
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