As we all know we have yet to see Turkeybend this season. I hope everything is alright. For as long as I have been a member Turkeybend has been doing weekly Power Rankings of the teams in the CFL. He always had a Rider bias but his picks were well thought and the argument behind them was always solid. Not to mention he was hilarious! I am going to be posting a Turkeybend Power Rankings each week in hopes that:
- Turkeybend gets his ass back to the boards
- This is the official Power Rankings thread where everybody can give their rankings.
Having said that...
THE TURKEYBEND WEEK 3 POWER RANKINGS
1. Montreal Alouettes
Week in week out, Anthony Calvillo proves that he is destined to be one of, if not the best quarterback the Canadian Football League has ever seen. Not only did he tie Damon Allen's for most career passing record, he managed to lead his team to a win in hostile Rider territory, no easy task. But Montreal isn't all about Calvillo, they are and continue to be the class of the league. Dynamic receivers such as SJ Green (amazing endzone catch, inches out of bounds, boo) and the rest of the Als have earned this number one spot.
2. Edmonton Eskimos
I am serious, and so is this team. Eskimos at number two when last week I would have put them in one of 6, 7 or 8. Biggest jump of the week and possibly the season, but this club deserves it. They may have been the West Division punching bags last year, but new Head Coach Kavis Reed has this team fired up. Ricky Ray (541 yards offence) and his receivers are putting on a clinic out there! The Edmonton defence held the Tiger Cats to a measly 10 points, in a game where they had everything to prove. Fans of other teams beware: This is a team to watch this year. Eskimos are no longer a free 2 points.
3. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
This was an incredibly tough pick. The defence is the only reason the Bombers are sitting at #3 in my rankings. And what a defence it is! This is a tough group of guys that made an impact in week one in Hamilton and PROVED in week 2 that they are for real. Toronto couldn't get anything going, the rushing game was stuffed (2 3rd and shorts got STUFFED!). Offence clearly needs some work, Buck while his stats aren't pretty, is doing just enough to let the defence win games.
4. Calgary Stampeders
What a game between this team and the BC Lions. A wise man once said 'stats are for losers' but the one one stat the Stampeders wanted was a 'W' and they got one. While they almost got hoodwinked, Henry Burris and Coach Hufnagel led the team to their first victory of 2011. They are #4 because they did look good putting those points on the board, and because you better believe Coach Huf will have this team amped up and ready to go against the Bombers on Thursday.
5. B.C. Lions
My picks between 3-5 are basically interchangable. While this team is posting an 0-2 record, this is not by any means a bad football club. I was skeptical on Travis Lulay last year, but I am a believer now! He may have dropped 2 but they were both comeback close games. If BC can manage to strike first and not try to win by coming back they will be looking pretty. BC Lions should do a tie in with the new Harry Potter movie coming out and change Lulay's name to Ron Weasley. Maybe Don Matthews will make a comeback to play Voldemort? j/k but this is a good football team watch out for them.
6. Toronto Argonauts
The Toronto defence makes me REALLY want to rate this team higher. But they showed that while they are amazing, the offence is still lacking the OOMPH to make this team a true contender. Cory Boyd got held to 14, which is just incredible considering how talented that man is. Lemon, well the jury is still out. I enjoy him and think he has become much more seasoned this year and will improve and don't be surprised if you see the Toronto Argonauts be a huge contender this year. P.S. I know it has already been said but watch out for this D.
7. Saskatchewan Roughriders
In spirit of Turkeybend I was gonna but the Riders at #1 without hesitation.
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However, the simple fact is the Riders, despite hanging around with MTL for the first half of the game are 0-2... AT HOME. I wouldn't fret too much Rider fans. I know after looking at riderfans.com even one loss and the people want the head coach fired. Calm down, Greg Marshall along with his GM is going to mold this team into a huge winner. It may or may not be this year, but this is a core I would love to have, especially Durant.
8. Atlantic Schooners
After a pretty good article by Matt Cauz of CFL.ca http://www.cfl.ca/article/cauz-can-atlantic-canada-support-a-team I am going to put the Atlantic Schooners at #8 in the Turkeybend Week #3 Power Rankings. I was out East for the first Touchdown Atlantic, and it was an amazing time. Everybody was a buzz and the TVs were lit up. Perfect place to put a 10th team. Which leads me too...
9. Ottawa Football Club
Atalntic gets the nod above Ottawa and Hamilton because there is actually a game there this year. The same cannot be said for Ivor Wynne or Landsdowne Park. But regardless of the legal wranglings going on in our nations capital, The Ottawa Football Club has inadvertently managed to look better than the Hamilton Tiger Cats. In fact going to court arguing over land, money and historicl buildings is downright sexy when u compare it to...
10. Hamilton Tiger Cats
What the hell happened? Seriously. I know it is only week 2, but this team needs to check itself before it wrecks itself. This is NOT a team that should e 10th on the TB PR, but yet, here we are. High expectations coming into the season, this was the team that was supposed to challenge Montreal (lol). After the Week 1 'controversy' the QB is still complacent, D is letting the big plays in and their fans are getting IRATE on forums. Maybe the club and fans overestimated itself, or maybe this is a reality check.
Post your personal rankings below! What do you think??? Let's hope for the quick return of the real Turkeybend ASAP.
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