CFL Rankings: Week 6
Last week's ranking in parentheses.
1. Saskatchewan Roughriders (1) The Riders aren't going to run the table this season but that doesn't change the fact that they've looked awfully good through five weeks, outscoring the opposition by a whopping 96 points in racking up five straight wins. They'll enjoy a week off before facing their toughest test of the season to date, a matchup with the Stampeders in Calgary.
2. Calgary Stampeders (3) With Drew Tate and Kevin Glenn both injured, Bo Levi Mitchell stepped in under centre last week, and the offense didn't miss a beat. Now Tate and Glenn get a week off to recuperate and the Stamps defense gets a chance to get even more in sync before next week's showdown with the undefeated Riders at McMahon Stadium.
3. Toronto Argonauts (4) The Argos picked up a statement win over the Lions on Tuesday night, doing so without their starting quarterback (Ricky Ray) and running back (Chad Kackert), not to mention a key cog at wide receiver (Dontrelle Inman). Zach Collaros isn't about to overtake Ray's starting job, but if Tuesday's performance was any indication, the former college standout has a bright future in the CFL.
4. B.C. Lions (2) Something isn't quite right with the Lions offense. They've topped out at 32 points this season, and that came in a losing effort against Calgary back in Week 1. I do expect the B.C. defense to respond with a big effort this week after getting ripped by the Argos on Tuesday. They still rank number one in the league in total yards allowed and second in points allowed.
5. Montreal Alouettes (7) I'm willing to give the Als a major boost in the rankings this week following the firing of Dan Hawkins on Thursday. His hiring was simply perplexing to me, and to be honest, I'm surprised he lasted as long as he did. Expect an immediate turnaround from the Als, as the personnel is still in place for this team to compete for the East Division title.
6. Edmonton Eskimos (6) This may be a rebuilding year, but I still feel the Eskimos have the potential to be a solid bet moving forward, provided they can stay healthy. They'll get a chance to pick up their second win of the season against the Ti-Cats on Friday night and after a strong second half in Montreal last week, have some momentum on their side. The Esks are 0-2 at home this season and should be desperate to give the Commenwealth Stadium faithful something to cheer about.
7. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5) Credit the Blue Bombers for doing the right thing and officially handing the reins of the offense over to QB Justin Goltz. Buck Pierce is on the downside of his career due to injuries and otherwise, and it's become clear that he's not the man to lead this team back to glory. With that being said, Goltz faces a tough task against an angry Lions squad in B.C. this week.
8. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8) I had the Ti-Cats lower than most in last week's rankings, but I don't think I was far off. If this team were healthy, it would be competitive, but that simply isn't the case. Revenge will be on the Ti-Cats minds on Friday night in Edmonton, but whether they can put together four solid quarters of football and steal a win on the road remains to be seen.
- Larry Ness
- July 29, 2015 - 8:05 PM
- Offered at:
- 5dimes @ 133 Texas
After getting 21 runs on hits, the Yanks fall a little 'flat' in this one...
My free play is on the Tex Rangers at 8:05 ET.
Losing a game after taking a 5-0 lead in the first inning is rare. Losing a game after taking a 5-0 lead by an eventual final of 21-5, is "off the charts," rare! The Yankees adjusted their rotation for their series with the Rangers by giving Chris Capuano a spot start Tuesday, in order to give MasahiroTanaka and Michael Pineda extra rest. Capuano couldn't get more than two outs before giving up FIVE runs but New York's strategy worked out just fine, as the Yankees rebounded with an 11-run second inning, on the way to a 21-5 win.
New York is 9-2 since the All-Star break and pulling away in the AL East (now SEVEN games up on the Orioles), thanks to an offense that has piled up 42 runs in its last four games. Tanaka has pitched with at least five days' rest in every outing since returning from a stint on the disabled list on June 3 with a strained right forearm. He's 5-2 with a 3.79 ERA in nine starts in that span (Yanks are 7-2), including winning three straight starts behind a 2.82 ERA, 20 strikeouts and an opponents BA of.152..
Tanaka will be making his first career start against Texas and his "opposite number" is Colby Lewis (10-4, 4.49 ERA). Texas has lost three straight and 12 of 13 at home, where it is a major league-worst 16-28 but Lewis has turned in a quality start in NINE of his last 10 outings. Lewis has pitched into the eighth inning in capturing both starts since the All-Star break, allowing two runs over 7.2 innings with a season-high nine strikeouts in Friday's 4-2 victory at the LA Angels.
After getting 21 runs on hits, the Yanks fall a little 'flat' in this one. The home dog 'barks' LOUDLY in this one.
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