1.) Ottawa Redblacks
Trevor Harris and the league’s best offense by a mile (or should I say kilometre in Canada?) continues to roll along. Trevor Harris only made three incomplete passes all game against Toronto, and was eight yards shy of throwing for 400 yards. Also, Trevor Harris still only has one, count them one interception throw so far this season. With the skilled receiving corps that Harris has to throw to, Ottawa may develop a stranglehold on this spot.
2.) B.C. Lions
Jonathan Jennings and his Lions teammates had a huge bounce back game versus the Riders and looked spectacular on all sides of the ball. Jennings threw for 429 yards whilst spreading the offense around, getting three different receivers in on the touchdowns. The defense also held the fort down late after the Lions gained the lead. Congratulations also go out to head coach Wally Buono for his 400th career CFL win. If B.C. can string together some good weeks consecutively, they may begin to challenge Ottawa’s stranglehold after all.
3.) Edmonton Eskimos
The defending Grey Cup Champions once again showed great form this week as Mike Reilly went on an absolute tear, throwing for 465 yards despite the fact that the Bombers had a 13-3 lead at one point in the game. They once again showed championship resiliency never giving up until eventually taking over the lead for good, and dispatching the Blue Bombers for their first regulation win of the season. The past two games previous, Edmonton did not end them well but still came back to win one while losing the other game to Ottawa. This week they started poorly but still came back to win, for this they get the third spot.
4.) Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Hamilton used a huge second half to embarrass the Alouettes as they played a strong defensive game, registering eight sacks overall versus Montreal. They were able to get by with only 208 yards throwing from Jeremiah Masoli, as well as a 5/5 night by kicker Brett Maher. When it looked like much more of the same was coming in the first half, they took control and came out with a huge win to get their record back to even, avoiding slipping further below .500 winning percentage.
5.) Calgary Stampeders
Calgary, while on a bye week, shall retain the fifth spot as they did not lose their previous game coming into the rankings for this week.
6.) Toronto Argonauts
The Argonauts started their game against Ottawa well, but just couldn’t close it out as Ottawa got a huge kick return touchdown that sunk the Argos and still kept them winless at their new home, BMO Field. While Ricky Ray did not throw any interceptions his special teams group let him down, giving up that huge kick return touchdown to Ottawa in the fourth quarter that ended up sinking them.
7.) Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Winnipeg added another loss to their record to drop two games below .500 and looked shaky in the process. Two interceptions thrown by Drew Willy as he and the Bombers once again could not compete for the full 60 minutes. Now they have tons of questions swirling around the team at many positions, from head coach to starting quarterback.
8.) Montreal Alouettes
Montreal had an incredibly poor performance, only scoring seven points, and none were a major score as the Alouettes offense looked disjointed all night, giving up eight sacks. Rakeem Cato was eventually lifted from the game as things got out of hand. Overall this was a loss so bad it had Nik Lewis calling his team out to the media after the game.
9.) Saskatchewan Roughriders
This is not the start Chris Jones envisioned having with his new team as they still sit winless on the season. They are yet to win a game at home during the Mosaic Stadium’s historic final season. The Roughriders even had a sizeable lead at one point during their game versus B.C., including a 23-10 lead at halftime, but they just could not finish it off as the Lions ran away with the game in the fourth quarter. Losing quarterback Darian Durant was a huge blow as well, although Mitchell Gale was able to throw 247 yards after coming into the game. Gale will now be thrust into the starting role and will have to regularly throw that much, or more, to give the Riders a chance to break their win column goose egg. As they still remain the CFL’s only winless club, they remain at the bottom of our Week 5 power rankings.