TORONTO -- Brandon Whitaker and the Toronto Argonauts fought back from a 21-point deficit. That, combined with their East-leading 3-1 record, puts them atop the Nissan Titan Power Rankings.
Week 5 Ranking: 1 (Last Week: 2)
The road warriors known as the Toronto Argonauts continue to win on the road and in dramatic fashion. For the first time since 2001-2002, the Argos put together their second straight win at BC Place, a stadium that has haunted most East Division opponents. Trevor Harris continues to work his way out of holes and take control of his club when it matters most. Sitting atop the East, the Boatmen can really create some distance with a big game coming up with the Ticats this weekend.
Week 5 Ranking: 2 (Last Week: 1)
People have been asking about the play of Bo Levi Mitchell but the Stamps continued to grind out wins. A loss this week in Ottawa in overtime took them out of the top spot on the rankings and now we learn that Jon Cornish will be out some time with a broken thumb. Once again the depth will be tested on a very veteran club.
Week 5 Ranking: 3 (Last Week: 3)
Montreal comes off a bye week, staying pat at #3 after a character-building win over the Tiger-Cats. Up next for the Larks is their lone visit to McMahon to take on a Stampeders team that will be looking for a bounce back performance after letting one slip away in Ottawa.
Week 5 Ranking: 4 (Last Week: 7)
The Eskimos keep finding a way to win. Once counted out after losing starting QB Mike Reilly, the Esks now sit atop the West Division with a 3-1 record. The defence has been lights out since their Week 1 loss to Toronto. The question, however, remains under centre. James Franklin looked good in short order in Week 5 but is he the answer at QB? We will find out this week when the Esks host the Riders.
Week 5 Ranking: 5 (Last Week: 5)
The Ticats leave their four-game road trip to start the season with a split but keeping them from climbing the rankings is the fact that both their wins have come against teams that played crunch time without their starting quarterback. Hamilton will have a chance to really make some noise this week if they can slow down arguably the league's hottest quarterback in Toronto's Trevor Harris.
Week 5 Ranking: 6 (Last Week: 6)
The Lions were clawing their way to the top. After jumping out to a 21-0 lead it looked like they would continue to rise. They ended up running into a stout Argos defence that kept them out of the end zone in the second half but Travis Lulay's play continues to show that the Lions have a chance to go toe-to-toe with any team. BC will be a force once the kinks are worked out under new head coach Jeff Tedford.
Week 5 Ranking: 7 (Last Week: 8)
Almost as significant as their 2-0 start was the REDBLACKS bounce-back win over the Calgary Stampeders on Friday. Stellar second half performances from Henry Burris and Chris Williams, along with a determined defensive effort allowed the REDBLACKS to grind out a huge overtime win over the defending champs before heading into a bye week.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Week 5 Ranking: 8 (Last Week: 4)
It looks as though as far as Drew Willy goes, so do the Bombers. The uncertainty at quarterback drops them this week but as they have shown all year, one big win and they are right back in the thick of it. A lot will rest on extent of Willy's injury and how it responds when he returns.
Week 5 Ranking: 9 (Last Week: 9)
The Roughriders' short week can't come soon enough. Similar to Winnipeg, questions remain around the health of their quarterback Kevin Glenn. Already without Darian Durant, Glenn's status is critical to the success of this club unless their is a young pivot ready to blossom or a trade is in the works. That said, it is still too early to count out the feisty Riders... remember BC in 2011?
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