CFL Rankings: Week 5
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Last week's ranking in parentheses.
1. Saskatchewan Roughriders (1) The Riders look like a CFL juggernaut right now. I guess the only concern is, are they peaking too early? Remember, they'll host the 101st Grey Cup in Regina this fall. A loss is coming, but I'm certainly not interested in standing in Saskatchewan's way right now.
2. B.C. Lions (2) B.C. has benefited from a rather soft schedule over the last few weeks, hosting the Argos before a home-and-home set with the Eskimos. Things will get a little tougher this week (or should I say next week - the game will be played on Tuesday) as they head to Toronto for their toughest road test of the young season.
3. Calgary Stampeders (3) Drew Tate is hurt. Now Kevin Glenn is banged up as well. No big deal. The Stamps have more QB depth than any team in the league, with third-stringer Bo Levi Mitchell more than capable of holding his own as we saw last weekend against Montreal. We'll see if the Stamps can avoid a letdown against a hungry Bombers squad in Winnipeg on Friday.
4. Toronto Argonauts (4) Toronto desperately needed a strong showing in Winnipeg last week and got just that, rolling to a 35-19 victory. Unfortunately, they'll have to soldier on without RB Chad Kackert for the next few weeks, and to make matters worse, QB Ricky Ray is nursing a knee injury but should be good to go by Tuesday night when the Argos host the Lions.
5. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5) The Bombers aren't doing anything to instill much confidence in their home faithful, but with that being said, neither are the teams below them. Despite winning only once in four games this season, Winnipeg still finds itself just one game back of the East-leading Argos. The Bombers have dropped seven in a row against the Stampeders but will try to reverse that trend on Friday.
6. Edmonton Eskimos (8) I'm going to give the rebuilding Eskimos the benefit of the doubt and bump them up a couple of spots this week. They're just 1-3, but those three losses have come against Saskatchewan and B.C. (twice), arguably the league's two best teams. They didn't quit last Saturday at B.C. Place, and have a winnable game on deck in Montreal on Thursday night. Obviously, QB Mike Reilly's injury status will be key.
7. Montreal Alouettes (7) The Als looked great last week. For a quarter. It was all downhill from there as the offense couldn't punch back once the Stampeders made the necessary defensive adjustments. QB Anthony Calvillo and offensive coordinator Mike Miller are saying all the right things, but body language during games seems to indicate otherwise. Needless to say, the Dan Hawkins era is off to a miserable start in Montreal.
8. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6) Until the Ti-Cats can get healthy, there will continue to be a few stinkers here and there. We certainly saw one on Sunday as they were trounced 37-0 by the Riders in Saskatchewan. Hamilton won't have to wait to get a shot at revenge as it will host the Riders on Saturday night in Guelph. The good news is, Saskatchewan hasn't swept the season series since 2010.
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- Larry Ness
- April 1, 2015 - 8:00 PM
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- pinnacle @ Under 5.5 -135
The Flyers arrival in town should also ensure Pittsburgh's full attention since they have defeated them in their last six encounters...
My free play is on Philly/Pitt Under at 8:05 ET.
Pittsburgh will find themselves down a man on defense with both Christian Ehrhoff and Kris Letang out for tonight's Metropolitan Division class between these two in-state rivals. With the Penguins' lacking the salary cap flexibility to call up another defenseman, they will have to resort to relying on a five-man rotation at their blue-line where all five will be expected to log in more minutes. At least in the short-term, that should not impact Pittsburgh's tenacity on its end of the ice. This team has the luxury of leaning on goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury who has bettered his numbers after the All-Star break with a 2.18 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. The Pens have plenty at stake as they fight for home ice advantage for the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Flyers arrival in town should also ensure Pittsburgh's full attention since they have defeated them in their last six encounters. The Penguins average 2.8 goals per game but see that mark fall a half-goal to 2.3 goals per game against division rivals. Pittsburgh has also played seven of its last nine games under the number against teams with a winning percentage below .400.
Philadelphia enters this contest looking to rebound from a 3-2 loss to San Jose in the shootout on Saturday. The Flyers now go on the road where the under is 5-0-2 in their last seven road games against teams with a winning record on their home ice. Much of the "credit" for these unders can go to the Philly offense that scores only 2.3 goals per game away from home which does not reach their 2.6 goals per game average for the season. However, while the Flyers' offense struggles when playing in hostile environments, a pleasant surprise for this team already eliminated from the playoffs, has been the play of Steve Mason. The netminder has a very respectable 2.24 goals against average this season along with a .927 save percentage based on a sensational second-half of the season where he has produced a .939 save percentage and 1.89 goals against average since the All Star break. Take the under.
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