We're two weeks into the CFL season and not surprisingly there are still more questions than answers.
Can the Stamps survive without Drew Tate for the next month?
Are the Riders really that good?
Will the Ti-Cats turn it around, and if so, when?
One thing's for sure; the defending Grey Cup champion B.C. Lions still look like the team to beat as we head into Week 3.
Here's how I have things shaking down from top to bottom.
1. B.C. Lions
We saw some cracks in the Lions defensive armor last week, but most of their issues came in the fourth quarter, when the game had been all but decided. Travis Lulay hasn't had to do a lot of heavy lifting, completing just over 60% of his passes while throwing only three touchdowns, yet the Lions have put up a whopping 72 points in two games. That's a good sign.
2. Saskatchewan Roughriders
The Riders are the only other undefeated team, and have also b
een kind to their backers going a perfect 2-0 ATS. Their defense has been stellar, but they'll face a stiff test against B.C. on Saturday. The good news is, they get to play at Mosaic Stadium, where they've owned a tremendous home field edge over the years.
3. Toronto Argonauts
Last week it was the Argos offense that stepped to the forefront, firing on all cylinders in a 39-36 win over the Stampeders. Ricky Ray is off to a blazing hot start with his new team, having completed just shy of 75% of his passes for over 700 yards through only two games. Cory Boyd picked up his first 100-yard rushing game of the season in last week's victory.
4. Calgary Stampeders
This is where the acquisition of veteran QB Kevin Glenn will, or at least should, pay off. It's easy to forget that this is a guy that's only two years removed from a 5,000-yard passing season. He suffered a bit of a drop-off in production last year, but threw for 172 yards and found the end zone twice in relief of Drew Tate last Saturday in Toronto. A tough test awaits on Thursday night in Montreal.5. Montreal Alouettes
The Als picked up their first win in convincing fashion last week, but keep in mind, that came at the expense of the struggling Blue Bombers. There are injury issues for Montreal to deal with right now, as Anthony Calvillo's shoulder is less than 100%, while slotback Jamel Richardson was forced to leave last week's game with a knee injury. Both are expected to be on the field against Calgary on Thursday.6. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Hamilton has the talent to turn things around, but it needs to get going in a hurry. Saturday's rivalry matchup with the Argos would be a nice place to start. After getting embarrassed in their home-opener, you can bet that the Ti-Cats will be fired up for this one. If nothing else, QB Henry Burris was able to get in rhythm with his receiving corps last week, throwing for 359 yards, four touchdowns, and only one interception.7. Edmonton Eskimos
It was already a struggle for the Eskimos offense before losing WR Adarius Bowman to a season-ending knee injury last week. As I've said on several occasions already this season, Steven Jyles isn't the answer under
center, although I'm not sure his backup, veteran Kerry Joseph, will solve the Esks offensive woes either. They've scored only 20 points through two games.
8. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The Bombers nightmarish season-opening road trip continues in Edmonton this week. The injuries are piling up on the defensive side of the ball, and that's bad news, as this unit has struggled through two games. Winnipeg has been outgained by a whopping 313 total yards, while giving up 74 points in back-to-back losses, and they're only halfway through their four-game road trip.
Feel free to chime in with your thoughts on this week's rankings.
You can check out my complete Week 3 card at Covers Experts, where I'm off to a 5-2 start this season, and 33-19 going back to the start of 2010.
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