After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back with my weekly CFL
rankings in 2012.
We had some terrific discussions on a weekly basis two years
ago, and I’m hoping for the same this season.
Here’s a look at how I see the league shaking down from top
to bottom heading into Week 2. 1.
There’s no question, the defending
Grey Cup champions are the front-runners. We knew that heading into the 2012
season, and nothing has changed after their wire-to-wire blowout victory over
the Blue Bombers.
Drew Tate is the unquestioned
leader of the Stamps offense following the departure of Henry Burris. Despite
last week’s 38-10 win, there’s still plenty of room for improvement. Tate threw
for 299 yards and completed 71% of his passes against Montreal, but also tossed
a pair of interceptions.
Is it possible that the
Roughriders disastrous 2011 season was a fluke? The talent was certainly there,
but there was a lack of drive and leadership. If the Riders 2012 opener was any
indication, they’re poised to return to the level they reached in 2010. I’m a
big believer in first-year head coach Corey Chamblin.
The Argos could just as easily
be 1-0 heading into Saturday’s home-opener against Calgary, but they shot
themselves in the foot time and time again in Edmonton last Saturday. Their
lack of discipline cost them, but that’s something that can be fixed. The
pieces are in place for Toronto to contend for the East title this year.
I mentioned earlier that
it’s important not to overreact to the results we saw last weekend, and the
Ti-Cats are a perfect example. This is a much better football team than it
showed in its home opener against Saskatchewan last week. That’s not to say the
Ti-Cats will bounce back this week, as they face a tough matchup in B.C., but
they will get better.
The Eskimos got it done with smoke
and mirrors in their opener against the Argos. I think we’re going to see them
struggle offensively with Steven Jyles at the helm, and no real semblance of a
running game. Their defense will keep them competitive, but they’re by no means
a contender for the West Division crown.
I’m afraid the era of
dominance in Montreal may be coming to an end, or at least a brief halt. I still feel that the Als have
one of the most explosive offenses in the CFL, even if they didn’t show it last
week, but they’re a mess defensively, and have major issues to deal with in the
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The Bombers were Grey Cup
finalists last season, but they got there thanks only to a fast start. After opening
7-1, they went 4-8 the rest of the way. Now they’re off to a winless start to
2012 after suffering a 33-16 loss in B.C. last week. As long as they’re relying
on oft-injured Buck Pierce and inconsistent backup Alex Brink at quarterback,
they’re going to have to lean heavily on their defense – a defense that I believe
is going to take a step back.
Feel free to chime in with your comments. Rankings can be
quite subjective at this early stage of the season, and I would love to get a
good discussion going.
I have a free play posted on Sunday’s Eskimos vs. Riders
total at Covers Experts. Be sure to check that out, along with the rest of my
Week 2 plays.
Best of luck this weekend!
Sean Murphy has been a professional sports handicapper
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