From Sun football scribe Mike Beamish:
1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers: At 5-1, the Bombers deserve their jolly boast of “Swaggerville.” Yet the dumpster is not far away if anything should happen to swashbuckling QB Buck Pierce.
2. Edmonton Eskimos: Dominated physically by the Blue Bombers for their first loss in six starts, the descent begins for an Eskimos team that was punching above its weight class.
3. Calgary Stampeders: The Stamps have the first-place Eskimos in their sights and a much-needed bye week ahead of them after injury-marred first third of the season.
4. Montreal Alouettes: Adrian McPherson believes he’s the league’s best alternate QB, but he doesn’t get a chance to show it with record-smashing Anthony Calvillo headed toward immortality.
5. Hamilton Tiger-Cats: Turned a half-time lead in Calgary into a resounding defeat, though instant relief is near, with the very beatable Argos busing into town this week.
6. B.C. Lions: Nobody figured the Lions were going to go 0-18, but a 24-11 win over a bad Roughrider team left many unconvinced that the worst of the season is necessarily behind them.
7. Toronto Argonauts: One can only stand seeing head coach Jim Barker lose it on the Argos’ reality TV show so many times before eyes start to glaze over, just as Argo fans are tuning out on their team.
8. Saskatchewan Roughriders: There may or may not be a rift between quarterback Darian Durant and offensive coordinator Doug Berry, but there is a huge, defined gulf between the 2011 and 2010 Riders.