Here’s how I rank the Canadian Football League teams heading into Week 7:
1. Edmonton Eskimos (unchanged)
- Record: 5-0
- Streak: Won 5
- Next: Hamilton
You can always count on Edmonton to feature talented receivers, and this season is no exception. In the victory over B.C., one that wasn’t as close as it seemed, three of them went over 100 yards. Brandon Zylstra (seven catches, 107 yards) is now at 516 yards for the season in just five games. Duke Williams, who has the vertical leap of an Olympic volleyball strong-side attacker, had 104 yards of his own, while Vidal Hazelton grabbed eight for 159 from QB Mike Reilly. Remember, this is an offence with Adarius Bowman, the league’s best catcher, on the six-game injured list. Great game. NOTE: Coach’s challenges at 13:37, 12:48, 12:17 and 10:38 of the fourth quarter this week slowed a fine football game to a crawl. This has to stop. Automatic replay on all scoring plays and one challenge a game per coach. Period.
2. Calgary Stampeders (up from 3)
- Record: 4-1-1
- Streak: Won 2
- Next: At Toronto
While everyone was counting points in a record 60-1 victory vs. Hamilton, we were counting the passage of years since a Canadian quarterback has shown he might one day be a starter in this league. Coaches have said since Russ Jackson retired in 1969 that not having a Canuck at the controls was simply because ours weren’t good enough. Enter Calgary-born Andrew Buckley, who played the entire second half as coach Dave Dickenson emptied his bench in the destruction of the Cats. Buckley went 10 for 10, 106 yards, a touchdown, no picks, and 10 yards running. He showed poise, a power arm, good legs. In other news, QB Bo Mitchell and his attack are ready to match anyone in the tough West, and the defence seems pretty good. Get your tickets now.
3. B.C. Lions (down from 2)
- Record: 4-2
- Streak: Lost 1
- Next: Saskatchewan
The Travis Lulay story has been a good one since he came in for injured Jonathon Jennings three games ago. However, six interceptions vs. seven touchdowns is a worry. Take this week at Edmonton when a flutter ball in the direction of Bryan Burnham in the first half was picked. Two plays later, Edmonton hit for a 108-yard pass and run that featured…