Well, we finally got our East-West upset, although it really wasn’t much of one. With Darian Durant out for the season, the Saskatchewan Roughriders looked to be offensively inept as backup Tino Sunseri only completed 9 of 21 passes in a 28-3 loss to Hamilton–Hamilton!–last week. But the biggest game was the near-upset that wasn’t, as the Calgary Stampeders erased a 29-10 halftime deficit to beat the Boatmen, 40-33. And unlike the Riders, the Stamps didn’t miss a beat when their backup went in. All Drew Tate did was go 6-for-6 with 74 yards and two scores, although it remains to be seen how much time Bo Levi Mitchell might miss–and how much he’ll be missed, for that matter.
Last Week’s Rankings
1. Calgary Stampeders (10-1) Last Week: 1. For 30 minutes of football, it looked like the Stamps would be slipping in the rankings, but an impressive second-half outburst, in which they outscored Toronto 30-4, led to one of the most impressive CFL comebacks in recent memory. Bo Levi’s injury might be a bit of a concern, but hey, who can complain about the way Drew Tate played last Saturday!?
2. Edmonton Eskimos (8-3) Last Week: 3. Although there wasn’t anything incredibly impressive about the Esks’ win over Montreal–their own fourth-quarter outburst aside–with a few teams around them in the rankings slipping, Edmonton moves back into second place.
3. B.C. Lions (7-4) Last Week: 5. With Winnipeg and Saskatchewan on the decline, the Lions move up to third place. To their credit, they did beat the Bombers pretty bad last week.
4. Saskatchewan Roughriders (8-3) Last Week: 2. There were really no positives to take home from the Riders’ loss to Hamilton, but hey, at least they’re 3-0 over Winnipeg…
5. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (3-7) Last Week: 7. I dunno guy, but I think even Hamilton could beat the Bombers right now.
6. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-6) Last Week: 4. After three straight losses, it almost feels like the Bombers are back in the Least Division. But while their 6-6 record would put them ahead out East, right now they appear to be in danger of missing the playoffs.
7. Toronto Argonauts (3-8) Last Week: 8. Hey man, if football games were only 30 minutes long, the Argos would be first in the East right now. I’ll give ‘em one spot up for effort, but they’ll need to play a full 60 minutes next time.
8. Montreal Alouettes (3-8) Last Week: 6. In the CFL Least Division, the difference between sixth and eighth in the power rankings is all about how badly you lost last week.
9. Ottawa REDBLACKS!!!!! (1-9) Last Week: 9. The REDBLACKS!!!! didn’t even need to play last week; they’re still the worst team in the league.