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CFL Power Rankings: Stampeders keep a stifle down

With Week 3 complete, Malcolm Kelly breaks down a change of energy in a Canadian Football League.

1. Calgary Stampeders (unchanged)

  • Record: 2-0-1
  • Streak: Unbeaten in 3
  • Last: Won during Winnipeg, 29-10
  • Next: At Montreal

The rest of a joining won’t like this, though a White Stallions are dominant in 3 and still have nonetheless to put a full diversion together. This time a corruption took a half to get untracked, while a counterclaim did adequate to keep a measure down. A few orange slices and a small rest and a appurtenance found it for a final 30 minutes, outscoring Winnipeg 20-0 and withdrawal small wish for any comeback. LB Maleki Harris had his second defensive touchdown in dual games, this time a superb collect 6 that saw him review QB Matt Nichols like a Dr. Seuss book (Go Dog Go). Calgary focus Bo Mitchell rolled adult 400 yards in net offence, used Kamar Jorden (six catches, 97 yards) as this week’s favourite receiver, and softened his regular-season symbol to 45-7-2.

Game Wrap: Stampeders palm Winnipeg initial detriment of season.1:48

2. Edmonton Eskimos (unchanged)

  • Record: 2-0
  • Streak: Won 2
  • Last: Bye
  • Next: Ottawa

With dual linebackers (J.C. Sherritt, Cory Greenwood) and a tip using behind (John White) out for a year, a Eskimos spent an off-week swapping players in and out as they ready for an ego-bruised Ottawa. Travon Van moves into a tip RB spot, and behind him will be Kendial Lawrence (also doing returns), re-signed after being expelled following training camp. In a joining where kicking is so important, a biggest arms for this group right now is Sean Whyte, 6-for-6 in margin goals so distant and on a club-record 24-straight run. QB Mike Reilly needs his receivers to hang on to a footballs and those fellas have a repute for doing that, so no worry right now.

3. B.C. Lions (up from 4)

  • Record: 2-1
  • Streak: Won 2
  • Last: Won during Montreal, 23-16
  • Next: At Hamilton

Going 2-0 so distant on a tough three-game East outing is some-more than adequate though criticizing style, as it buys time in a early going to find some consistency. Wally’s Men relied on a counterclaim again, led by a unusual Solomon Elimimian’s 15 tackles. He brought everybody down in Montreal, other than a hostile H2O boy, a heat and sideline contributor John Lu. Tied 16-16 with 6:30 to go, QB Jonathon Jennings (28-39, 288 yards, one TD, 0 picks) took his corruption on a winning drive, a offset four-pass, four-run bid for a victory. As in Toronto a week before, a conflict was in fits and starts, though found a latter when many needed. Leos had 5 receivers with during slightest 30 yards in catches, though finished usually one pass longer than 30 yards. Need some-more vertical.

Game Wrap: Lions measure late to tip Alouettes1:43

4. Toronto Argonauts (up from 6)

  • Record: 2-1
  • Streak: Won 1
  • Last: Won during Ottawa, 26-25
  • Next: At Winnipeg

Ask not what your group did for we in a initial half, ask what a other group gave we in a second. A large win in Ottawa against a Grey Cup champs was handed to them on a platter and a Double Blue played good adequate to take it. The Argos were awful early (six penalties in a opening 8 mins including 4 on defence), though a few unhappy looks from manager Marc Trestman (those can be devastating) and they started pulling it together. QB Ricky Ray to SB S.J. Green constructed 210 yards and a good touchdown as Toronto came behind on a road. Defensive finish Victor Butler, a former Dallas Cowboy, had 3 sacks (he leads a joining with 7 in usually 3 games) and 8 sum tackles. Overall this building counterclaim had 5 sacks and 6 pass knockdowns.

5. Ottawa Redblacks (down from 3)

  • Record: 0-2-1
  • Streak: Winless in 3
  • Last: Lost to Toronto, 26-25
  • Next: At Edmonton

A left-handed quick-kick call that went wrong did not remove Ottawa this game. Nor did that missed additional indicate on a bobbled snap during a end. Or a snap that went over QB Trevor Harris’s conduct for a Toronto touchdown. Or a 5 sacks and mixed hurries on Harris. It was a group bid all a way. A sellout mob of 24,347 came assured a Grey Cup champs usually indispensable to play someone other than Calgary and things would be fine. No dice. For a second week, those spontaneous errors did a RBs in. Let’s remind ourselves Ottawa won a East in 2016 with a reduction than .500 record, buoyed by a diseased multiplication that couldn’t compare it. You can’t count on that this time around. Harris constructed 356 yards net, and strike Greg Ellingson for 170. That should have been enough. Now, 3 games in 11 days (Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto).

Game Wrap: Toronto Argos overcome over Ottawa in waver battle2:03

6. Saskatchewan Roughriders (up from 8)

  • Record: 1-2
  • Streak: Won 1
  • Last: Won over Hamilton, 37-20
  • Next: Bye

From a impulse Naaman Roosevelt hold his initial pass of a game, jumped adult out of finish and patted Gainer a Gopher on a nose, we knew it was going to be his night. QB Kevin Glenn found him with 10 balls for 167 yards in an bid that bright why a Riders won their initial in new Mosaic Stadium, over Hamilton. Glenn tossed for 380 altogether to a horde of peaceful hands, with a full 122 yards entrance after a catch. It’s one thing to transport it in, another to go Yackety Yak (Don’t Look Back). Great effort. Glenn repelled everybody by scampering in himself from 6 yards out, and afterwards combined another after on a sneak. Fine defensive bid – a sea of immature hold a Kitties to usually 195 yards net. Shame they have a bye after that peculiarity game.

Game Wrap: Blue Bombers spoil celebration in new Mosaic Stadium opener2:03

7. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (down from 5)

  • Record: 1-1
  • Streak: Lost 1
  • Last: Lost to Calgary, 29-10
  • Next: Toronto

Of all a solitaire joints in all a universe … a Bombers had to open during home opposite Calgary. And another detriment creates it 17 out of a final 18 games finale sadly contra a Stamps. This should not meant we’re vouchsafing Big Blue divided with anything, since they did this to themselves in front of an glorious mob of 30,165. QB Matt Nichols led a glorious early expostulate and afterwards threw a collect in a finish zone. Ryan Lankford ran a missed margin idea behind some-more than 50 yards, fascinating a collected throng, and soon fumbled a ball. The counterclaim hold Calgary initial and idea from a one(ish) 3 times, took a reticent penalty, afterwards hold twice some-more before a sixth try went over for a major. Nichols threw a collect 6 in a second-half opening that constructed 0 points. Too many mistakes.

8. Montreal Alouettes (down from 7)

  • Record: 1-2
  • Streak: Lost 2
  • Last: Lost to B.C., 23-16
  • Next: Calgary

Seems to be some beating in Montreal during a approach Larks have begun a season. But it seems here there are adequate positives to consider improved days are ahead. The counterclaim is personification well, giving a conflict a possibility to get untracked. With good restraint from a descent line (zero sacks in 3 games), new QB Darian Durant has some time behind there, though anticipating coherence is still a problem. A small finish would be nice. Durant was 24-36, 245 yards, 0 TDs and one pick, pier adult 334 yards in sum conflict and that should furnish more. Given time, it will come, generally when that 45 per cent in second down conversions improves. Kicker Boris Bede was ideal on 3 margin goals, so final year’s awful run seems to be behind him.

9. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (unchanged)                         

  • Record: 0-2
  • Streak: Lost 2
  • Last: Lost during Saskatchewan, 37-20
  • Next: B.C.

Too early to panic, though never too early to evangelise a small discipline. Kent Austin’s group non-stop a diversion with 5 true penalties and afterwards did it again to start a second half. Overall Hamilton saw 15 flags, and that’s a lot when a officials have apparently been told to keep a flags in their pockets unless it’s obvious. And what was LB Will Hill meditative when he put his hands on an central after holding difference to a call? That’s going to be a diversion or two. As in diversion one opposite a Argos, Kitties saw their secondary, generally a corners, ripped too mostly and afterwards combined to a difficulty with bad rebellious after a catch. QB Zach Collaros’s all-pass, no-run conflict constructed 195 yards net for usually 23:39 in possession. That’s a sleepy Lions group entrance in this week. Must take advantage. 

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