Read what our CFL expert thinks of all eight teams through two weeks of action
It’s just a few hours until kick-off for Week 3 of the CFL and one of the members from our Canadian football handicapping crew has rolled out some power rankings based on the first two weeks of the season.
These ratings are usually going to start coming earlier in the week and they are 100-percent debatable but its happy hour somewhere in North America so have a wander and let the arguments begin!
1. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS
As the only undefeated team heading in to Week 3, the Riders are the cream of the crop thus far. Saskatchewan leads the league in scoring with 75 points and QB Darian Durant has been rock solid, completing 40 of 56 pass attempts (71-percent) for 429 passing yards and five touchdowns. Kory Sheets continues to dominate the ground game and leads all CFL running backs with 264 yards rushing.
2. CALGARY STAMPEDERS
With the Stamps’ only loss coming at the hand of the undefeated Riders, Calgary fills the No. 2 spot heading into their Week 3 matchup vs. the Alouettes. After 172 yards rushing in Week 1, RB Jon Cornish took a step back against the Riders last week (42 yards) when the Stamps were shutout in the second-half but he’ll look to regain his form against an Als rush D that’s allowed just 66 rushing yards per game (RYPG). Note: Montreal allowed 97 RYPG in 2012
Read “Office Politics” for Pat Archibald’s view on the Anthony Calvillo – Dan Hawkins situation
3. BC LIONS
The Lions found their stride in Week 2, knocking off the defending Grey Cup champs. A visit to Edmonton to take on the Eskimos should help the Lions gain some momentum.
4. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
A dominant defensive performance in Week 2 stations the Bombers at No. 4 in our power poll and if QB Buck Pierce and the offense can find their grove this team could be the surprise of the East.
Read Week 3 CFL Picks for Greg’s play on the Bombers at Ti-Cats
5. TORONTO ARGONAUTS
Toronto still cannot win in BC and Thursday’s 24-16 loss extended the Boatmen’s streak to nine-straight on the left coast. Facing the undefeated Riders tonight should give us a nice insight at to what these Argos are made of.
Click Roughriders at Argonauts for Pat’s pick against the spread on tonight’s game
6. MONTREAL ALOUETTES
AC and the Als looked lost against the Blue and Gold in Week 2, “A disgusting performance” as Calvillo put it. It’s unfamiliar territory for the French Birds being this low on the power rating chart but until we see some more cohesiveness on offense, sixth it is.
7. EDMONTON ESKIMOS
Mike Reilly bounced back from his horrid performance in the opener but that ranked eighth in average points allowed per game last season (32.0). A strong performance by RB Hugh Charles leads the Esks out of the cellar.
8. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS
Which Burris shows up this week? 0-2 and the Cats are underachieving once again. The loss of holdout WR Chris Williams is hurting more than they thought.