Week 5 CFL Power Rankings: Not A Big Jump For Team Green

The deck has once again been shuffled with some interesting results in week five of the Canadian Football League season.
One thing for sure is that there is a lot of parity in the East Division with teams battling for what may only be one play-off spot with a West Division cross-over looking very likely at nearly the third way mark of the season.

Here’s how the teams rank from where I stand!

9 – Montreal Alouettes (1-3) BYE – Last Ranking #8
Pretty hard to slip to the basement in the standings on a bye week but the Als did just that. The turmoil surrounding their offence and lack of a quarterback to throw to one of the most talented receiving corps in the league is troublesome to say the very least. There is a long way to go in Montreal but truly nowhere to go but up.

8 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-3) LW: 33-23 win vs. Ottawa – Last Ranking #9
Dan Lefevour took his opportunity and ran with it literally in the Ti-Cats win over Ottawa in week 5. A must win game for the Tabbies turns into an opportunity to make a statement against Winnipeg in week six. Keep in mind it was the first time in almost two years that the Ti-Cats actually played a game in Steel Town! The big question mark is whether or not Lefevour can continue to produce given that Zach Collaros is now on the six game injured list.

7 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (1-3) LW: 33-2c3 loss at Hamilton – Last Ranking #7 (2 weeks)
They may have lost to REDBLACKS in an emotionally charged McMaster Stadium but there still is a big upside to the latest team from the Nationals Capital. Ottawa will keep teams honest all year and with a few breaks they have an opportunity to move up the ranking once again.

6 – Toronto Argonauts (1-4) LW 37-9 loss at Saskatchewan – Last Ranking #5
The cupboard is bare when it comes to the Argos roster due to injury. Ricky Ray isn’t getting a lot of help from his offensive line or his receivers. The running game didn’t get going until the second half in Regina (which was too late) which completely changed the Argos approach to the game. The defence is still a work in progress but as General Manager Jim Barker alluded too if the team can stay at around .500 for the next few weeks as the club slowly gets healthy they will be OK. I’m not so sure as a bye week for the Botmen can’t come soon enough.

5 – Saskatchewan Roughriders (2-c2) LW: 37-9 win vs. Toronto – Last Ranking #6
Yes the Riders looked dominant in their win over the Argos in week five. There are still a number of questions to be answered. From the passing game to the run defence there is still work to be done in Riderville. So don’t plan the parade route yet but don’t discount the Green and White either.

4 – B.C. Lions (2-3) LW: 23-6 loss vs. Winnipeg – Last Ranking #3
If there was an award for inconsistency the Lions would be all over it! Let alone week to week, series to series the Leos seem to be confused and searching for an identity. Here’s an idea hand the ball to Andrew Harris! I still have yet to see a defence consistently shut him down. Yes I know Travis Lulay is out but the team is too talented to be floundering the way that they are!

3 – Edmonton Eskimos (3-1) LW 26-22 loss vs. Calgary – Last Ranking c#2
Were pitchforks out this week in Edmonton in front of the home of Head Coach Chris Jones? I liked the aggressive call that he made in running a fake out of his end zone late in the first half against Calgary! That decision didn’t lose the game for the Eskimos. Their inexperience did. It will be interesting to see if they can bounce back against B.C. in week six. It’s statement time for Edmonton. We shall see next week where they are at!

2 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers (4-1) LW 23-6 win at B.C. – Last Ranking #3
It’s not midnight Cinderella! Yes I still am waiting for the shoe to drop on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but last week’s dominant performance in B.C has made me a believer! There still is room for improvement but the team has come together quicker than anyone could have anticipated! It will be interesting to see how they play against a hungry Lions team this week and host Saskatchewan on a short week before a short week of their own and a trip to Toronto.

1 – Calgary Stampeders (4-0) LW 26-22 win at Edmonton – Last Ranking #1 (4 Weeks)
It’s pretty simple! Good teams find ways to win which makes them great teams! The Stamps despite an infirmary that is growing by the week, seemingly, continue to find ways to get the job done! That is why they are the best and are untouched atop this ranking for the last month!


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