Here is the second edition of my CFL Power Rankings blog.
1. Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-2) (West Division)
The Roughriders have lost 2 straight games, but still have the best record in the CFL. The reason they top the list right now is the acquisition of QB Michael Bishop from the Toronto Argonauts. Saskatchewan has been banged-up at QB this season and lacks a franchise QB. They hope Bishop can be their guy. I think Bishop could be very successful behind the Rider's o-line. With his cannon arm and quick feet, it could be a tough Labor Day Classic for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
2. Calgary Stampeders (5-3) (West Division)
The Stampeders have won 2 straight against formidable opponents in Saskatchewan and BC. The Stampeders have been a very exciting, but inconsistent team. They've beaten contenders Saskatchewan and BC, but lost to Winnipeg. The defense has been solid as of late and the offense has been there all season long. This team could be in the number one spot next week, or number six. If this team becomes more consistent, then my prediction is 2008 Grey Cup Champions.
3. Montreal Alouettes (5-3) (East Division)
The leaders of the "Least" Division have won 3 straight games but play against far worse competition than the teams in the West. If they can maintain focus after their bye-week, then they should win their next game against the BC Lions. The offense has been absolutely electric this season with Anthony Calvillo and Avon Cobourne as their big playmakers. The defense has been improving slowly and has a deadly pass rush.
4. Edmonton Eskimos (5-3) (West Division)
Led by QB Ricky Ray and last week's Offensive Player of the Week A.J. Harris, Edmonton's offense has been clicking. Their defense has been in the middle of the pack in points allowed and doesn't always play as a unit. This team has performed very well despite numerous injuries to key players like the career-ending head/neck injury to top receiver Jason Tucker and a season-ending broken leg to defensive stalwart Fred Perry. The team has rallied around Tucker and at this point are a threat to anyone.
5. British Columbia Lions (4-4) (West Division)
The BC Lions were Grey Cup favorites headed into 2008. That has all changed as inconsistency, sloppy work ethic and bad QB play have marred the first half of the season. Who is the starting QB? Jarious Jackson has been inconsistent and Buck Pierce is injury-prone. Neither have performed well and neither has franchise-RB Joe Smith. The Lions are shopping Smith right now but his value is low. The defense has been solid, led by their monster pass-rushing duo of Cameron Wake and Brent Johnson. If they pull it together they will contend, but Wally Buono may have lost control of his team.
6. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2-6) (East Division)
The Bombers gave QB Kevin Glenn his job back and for the first time in his entire professional, college and high school career: The play-calling duties. The result? A 37-24 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Tiger-Cats are the worst team in the CFL, yes, but it gives the Bombers some momentum coming into the Labor Day Classic, while their opponents, Saskatchewan have lost 2 straight. The key to the Bombers success is giing Charles Roberts the ball. If he gets carries, he gets yards, it's just the way he works. If the running game got shut down early, they left it alone for the rest of the game. Kevin Glenn is changing that. He knows this offense lives and dies with #1, so he uses him alot.
7. Toronto Argonauts (3-5) (East Division)
The Argos have lost 2 staight games and have absolutely zero momentum. They have the talent necessary, but it just won't add up to success. Coach Rich Stubler has to fix whatever is wrong with this team and fast. The bad news kept on coming, as the Argos recently released Safety Orlondo Steinauer. Steinauer was the veteran leader of the Argos stacked defensive backfield. How the Argos think this will improve their team is beyond me. I hope Steinauer signs with the Bombers....
8. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2-6) (East Division)
Proving their win against Toronto 3 weeks ago was a fluke, the Tabbies got spanked by the lowly Bombers in their last game. Coming off of the bye-week, they hope the team is re-energized and more excited to play football. This team lacks overall talent and their best player is often injured. (Jesse Lumsden). Casey Printers, the guy who was supposed to be their franchise QB has bombed this year and his backup, Richie Williams has taken over as the starter. Williams shows promise but he's still very raw and has much to learn. The side-arm QB is quite mobile and has a pretty good arm.
Well, thats how I rank the CFL entering this weeks games. Please tell me if I'm right or if I'm wrong and tell your differences. Thank you.