The top three teams hold serve in this week’s edition of CFL Power Rankings
After watching the Riders, Stampeders and Lions each win straight-up by more than a touchdown last week and clear their respective pointspreads by double-digits, there was little need to adjust the top part of the leaderboard. From the No. 4-spot down it was a different story, though, and as we get set for another round of CFL betting our experts have shuffled the deck in the second edition of Pick Sixty power ratings.
1. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS (Last week: 1)
Class of the league so far and we’re already seeing movement on this week’s CFL odds as bettors line up to back the home favorites. Offensive depth will be tested with QB Darian Durant (foot) expected to sit this one out but the team has confidence in second-year QB Drew Willy. In limited action last season (2 starts); Willy completed 69 of 95 passes for 709 yards and five touchdowns to four picks. Saskatchewan opened at -6 and a couple of books have moved to -6.5.
2. CALGARY STAMPEDERS (Last week: 2)
Offense didn’t miss a beat with Kevin Glenn stepping in for the injured Drew Tate. Is Tate becoming the next Buck Pierce?
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3. BC LIONS (Last week: 3)
The Lions have found their groove and are starting to roll. With a home game against the Eskimos on tap, BC will be challenging the Stamps for No. 2 in our standings.
[quote_text color=”#000000″ text_color=”#ffffff”]Since Week 18 of the 2010 season the BC Lions are 9-2 SU and 8-3 ATS in divisional home games during the regular season[/quote_text]
4. TORONTO ARGONAUTS (Last week: 5)
The Boatmen have not yet returned to their winning ways of 2012 but the pieces are in place. Toronto has divisional road games at Winnipeg (Week 4) and Montreal (Week 6) looming and that could offer a nice chance to break out of their slump.
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5. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS (Last week: 4)
Coming off another decent defensive outing matched by another poor showing from Buck Pierce and the offense. Until the O-line can stop the blitz, Buck and the Bombers are in trouble.
6. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS (Last week: 8)
Christened Alumni Stadium with their first win last week but we’re not buying in on the Cats. Hamilton was 1-3 SU/ATS on the road last season when coming off a win but we should note that the lone victory was in Saskatchewan (Week 5).
7. MONTREAL ALOUETTES (Last week: 6)
AC and the Als showed minor improvements but still haven’t bought in on Dan Hawkins and his new playbook. At 1-2 SU/ATS, the Als are missing Marc Trestman.
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8. EDMONTON ESKIMOS (Last week: 7)
Edmonton’s struggles have HC Kavis Reed on the verge of a breakdown. His public display of anger and frustration after the game last week will either boost his players or sink the ship. We’ll see if his players respond but for now it’s down to the cellar.
The PickSixtySports.com CFL picks are 3-3 this season and we’ll have this week’s top plays rolling out by Thursday