CFL Power Rankings: Esks, Stamps don’t have to be perfect – CBC Sports – Football

Here’s how I rank the Canadian Football League teams heading into Week 8:

  • Record: 6-0
  • Streak: Won 6
  • Next: at Ottawa

Still unbeaten in six is impressive given the lengthy injury list, but this victory over Hamilton (they of the single point against Calgary) came within a play of going the other way. Eskimos outplayed the Kitties every which way for most of this game, before loosening up by sending in the bench. QB Mike Reilly was running all night, and came up with 317 yards on a pair of majors and no picks. His last six drives were punt, punt, TD, punt, fumble and a turnover on downs with :46 left on the 55. Why didn’t they punt? Eskies also took 10 penalties in the second half, against none by the visitors. Bryant Mitchell stepped up and caught eight for 121 yards in his first game. And LaDarius Perkins for 105 yards on 19 carries in his starting debut at running back.

Game Wrap: Eskimos stay undefeated with win over Tiger-Cats1:55

  • Record: 5-1-1
  • Streak: Won 3
  • Next: Bye

QB Bo Mitchell was chatting after the game about how tough the West is this year, and thus the importance of keeping the pedal down. As they did in two games vs. Eastern teams that produced a pair of victories with a combined score of 101-25. A joke going around on Twitter pointed out the Argos had scored 24 times the points of Hamilton. Stamps were far from perfect in Toronto, starting with six sacks allowed. Yes, the Double Blue have the best front four in the game right now, but six? Did Mitchell say something untoward in practice? Calgary also fumbled the ball four times, fortunately getting two of them back. And there was the 222 yards allowed in returns. So there is a lot for coach Dave Dickenson to work on during the bye week.

Game Wrap: Stampeders beat Argonauts, take over 1st in West1:50

  • Record: 5-2
  • Streak: Won 1
  • Next: at Saskatchewan

Total domination from start to when the game was really finished by the end of the third quarter. Leos blitzed the visiting Riders (and thanks for the jump in crowd size, Saskatchewan fans — 23,415), leaving nought but a couple of pride TDs to wreck the shutout. QB Travis Lulay, who will be back on the bench soon when Jonathon Jennings is ready to go again, threw for 338 yards and watched his running backs pile up 202, for a 535 net. Backup Alex Ross played the last three series. Receiver…

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