Kind of a shame that unless Calgary and Ottawa meet in the Grey Cup in about 14o days that they won’t face each other for perhaps more than 365.
Here are this week’s power rankings, with last week’s ranking appearing at the beginning of the parenthesis.
Calgary (1, 1-0-1, at Winnipeg): Two big questions hang over the Stamps this week: Why is kicker Rene Parades struggling, and how deeply did the injury bug bite in the win over Ottawa? This week’s game is the first of two straight on the road.
Edmonton (2, 2-0, BYE): The question of whether the Eskimos have the defense that might be championship-worthy is starting to be answered. Edmonton plays two more east teams after its first bye week; a 4-0 start is not out of the question.
BC Lions (5, 1-1, at Montreal): The Lions went 4-0 on the road against the Eastern Division teams last season. One victory already is in their back pocket; two more can be earned over the next two weeks.
Winnipeg (4, 1-0, vs Calgary): The Blue Bombers were the last team in the CFL to score a touchdown this season; but if their win against Saskatchewan is any indication, the offense will generate a lot of points this season. A stern test awaits in the home opener this week.
Ottawa (6, 0-1-1, vs Toronto): Admit it, you’d like to see Calgary and Ottawa play every week! Unfortunately, that won’t happen. Three of the next four games against division rivals Montreal and Toronto give the REDBLACKS every opportunity to notch victories.
Toronto (3, 1-1, at Ottawa): The optimism after a week one win came tumbling down in a loss to BC. The offense sputtered, generating only one touchdown. Amanti Edwards, who caught 10 passes, was on the receiving end of the score.
Montreal (7, 1-1, vs BC): Opening the season with four straight games against the west was going to test the mettle of this team. Through two games, it appears the defense is stout and the offense is average. Wasn’t that true last season, too?
Hamilton (9, 0-1, at Saskatchewan): Playing six consecutive games against Western Division teams is probably not what the TiCats need right now. But that’s what faces a Hamilton team that was blasted in a season-opening loss at Toronto before a bye week.
Saskatchewan (8, 0-2, vs Hamilton): There’s an old adage in sports: Bad teams lose close games. The Roughriders are 0-2, and their losses have been by a combined four points. It’s not must-win time yet, but it’s not far away.
Meanwhile, the ROUGE Standings:
BC Lions: 4
Rest of League: 0
Honorable Mention, Dave Ridgway: 1