Toon-Town CFL Power Rankings Week 2:

Well, week two in the Canadian Football League was definitely a homer’s week as no road team won. Yes that means there were a couple of surprises especially in Montreal and Toronto.

How will that factor into this week’s Power Rankings? Well the biggest drop of the week is at the top of the ranking, while the biggest drop may be an unlikely team.

Check it out below and agree or disagree if you wish:

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9 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-2) LW: 28-24 loss at Edmonton – Last Ranking #8
Well the punches continue to roll for Kent Austin’s crew. Starting Quarterback Zach Collaros left the game after a questionable hit from Odell Willis and now comes word that once again the team won’t have a home game until likely September due to construction delays to their new home, Tim Horton’s Field. Fortunately, the Ti-Cats get the bye this week to heal-up and hone-up on offensive and defensive schemes in an attempt to right their faltering ship.

8 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (0-1) LW: 36-28 loss at Winnipeg – Last Ranking #7
Well the latest edition of an Ottawa CFL franchise got off to a solid start, taking a 21-7 lead in Winnipeg before the Blue Bombers came back to take the victory. Lots of positives to take away from this one for REDBLACK fans. The improvement appears to be needed on defence in order for the squad to take the next step.

7 – B.C. Lions (0-2) LW: 24-9 loss at Montreal – Last Ranking #4
The second biggest drop this week goes to the boys on the left coast. Is this an indication of where there talent level is at? No, moreover it’s an indication of where the club is at as far as cohesion and executing their systems. Is there reason to be considered in Vancouver? Not really for whatever reason the Lions seem to be perennial slow starters. The offence though needs to pick it up, though and quickly as they head to Regina this week.

6 – Montreal Alouettes (1-1) LW: 24-9 win vs. B.C. – Last Ranking #9
The biggest gain of the week goes to the Montreal Alouettes who showed that despite being an older group they are still a productive group on defence. The Als confused the Lions offence and made plays so that their offence didn’t have to. Still no sold on Troy Smith but credit where credit is due and he played well enough to get the ‘W’ in week 2. A home date against the red-hot Blue Bombers will be a big test in week 3.

5 – Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-1) LW: 48-15 loss at Toronto – Last Ranking #1
Well this poll is a what have you done for me lately and to be truthful when it comes to the Riders the answer is not a lot! That’s why they have the biggest drop this week. The Green and White were dominated in all three phases on Saturday in the Big Smoke. The big question now is which Rider team shows up in week three the one that dominated the Ti-Cats or last week’s crew in Toronto? The measuring stick will be laid out as they play against a divisional opponent for the first time this season, Saturday at Mosaic.

4 – Toronto Argonauts (1-1) LW 48-15 win vs. Saskatchewan – Last Ranking #6
From the world of things are never as good or bad as they seem I bring you the Toronto Argonauts. The double-blue were blasted 45-21 in week one in Winnipeg but an utterly dominating performance in week two has restored a lot of confidence in the Ricky Ray lead squad. Week three will be a big test for the Boatmen as they host Calgary without Andre Drurie. Which team will show up?

3 – Edmonton Eskimos (2-0) LW 28-24 win vs. Hamilton – Last Ranking #3 (2 Weeks In A Row)
The deficiencies of the Eskimos have been chronicled in this space for the last month. However, the Eskimos are finding ways to win! It wasn’t pretty against Hamilton and truth be told if the Tiger-Cats decide to throw on the final play instead of the QB sneak maybe a ‘W’ becomes a loss. That being said the Eskimos do have room for improvement and a lot of work to do to remain in the top half of this ranking.

2 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2-0) LW 36-28 win vs. Ottawa – Last Ranking #5
OK, I’ll be honest I still am not entirely sold on the Blue Bombers Canadian depth nor their ability to continue performing at their current level. However, credit has to be given where it is due and Drew Willy with back to back 300-yard passing games, and the team showing some character coming back from an early deficit to Ottawa cannot be overlooked. Can the Bombers keep up the pace? They are in Montreal with a chance to flex their muscles in week 3.

1 – Calgary Stampeders (1-0) LW BYE – Last Ranking #2
Well not bad, take a week off move up a spot! Simply put that’s the truth of the matter when it comes to the assembled talent on the Stampeder roster. Calgary has the ability to run away and hide thanks to a favorable early-season schedule. However, they may have to do it without running as reigning Most Outstanding Player Jon Cornish is suffering through the effects of a concussion. The Stampeder offence is a completely different animal without him on the field not to mention the ratio changes that move will create. Calgary will get a test in Montreal but for now it looks like smooth sailing, despite injury in CowTown.

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