Through five weeks of the 20-week CFL season, it's already apparent the West Division is ruling the league with an iron fist.
The Calgary Stampeders remain the only unbeaten team in the league after defeating the previously undefeated Edmonton Eskimos by a score of 26-22. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers torched the BC Lions 23-6 to further establish the balance of power in the West.
As for the East Division, things remain close, as each team has only amassed one victory this season.
Here's a look at the final scores from each Week 5 contest:
|Team 1||Score||Team 2|
|Calgary Stampeders||26-22||Edmonton Eskimos|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||23-6||BC Lions|
|Ottawa Redblacks||23-33||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|Toronto Argonauts||9-37||Saskatchewan Roughriders|
With those results now in the books, the standings have shifted in a big way—especially in the East. Take a glance at how each team is faring heading into Week 6:
While the season has another 15 weeks remaining before the playoffs, certain teams already have plenty of ground to make up to stay in contention.
The path to redemption for these squads starts with their Week 6 contests, and due to some intriguing matchups, the current standings could shift dramatically once more.
Week 6 Schedule
|Away Team||Home Team|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|Toronto Argonauts||Montreal Alouettes|
|BC Lions||Calgary Stampeders|
|Saskatchewan Roughriders||Ottawa Redblacks|
Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Each of these teams is looking to continue momentum after earning impressive victories in Week 5.
Winnipeg is looking good at 4-1 on the season, but a win here is crucial in a very strong West Division. The team will once again rely on the arm of Drew Willy. The quarterback hasn't been overly efficient this year, tossing six touchdown passes and four interceptions, but he's been moving the ball nicely, accumulating 1,301 yards so far—good enough for second in the league.
Take a look at the Blue Bombers' most recent performance, courtesy of CFL Official Feed:
Willy is coming off a strong performance in Week 5 against the BC Lions, and with a lackluster running game behind him, another big showing will be needed to fend off a Hamilton team that seemed to discover its offense in Week 5 due to a well-balanced offensive attack.
Toronto Argonauts at Montreal Alouettes
The Alouettes are back in action in Week 6 after a terrible start to their season. This team was simply dominated by the Lions in Week 4, losing by a score of 41-5 after being unable to muster any kind of offense.
Although, the Argonauts are facing a similar situation. They were torched 37-9 by Saskatchewan in Week 5 with no signs of a running game and some poor decisions from quarterback Ricky Ray.
The victor of this contest will benefit greatly from a much-needed boost of confidence.
BC Lions at Calgary Stampeders
Calgary will look to keep its unbeaten streak alive in Week 6 against the Lions. The Stampeders have been able to get it done with an efficient passing attack from Bo Levi Mitchell, who has thrown seven touchdown passes so far this season without tossing a single interception.
Special teams has played a big role for Calgary as well. Here's a great look at a touchdown the unit produced against Edmonton, via the Stampeders' official Twitter account:
For the Lions, a more consistent effort from quarterback Kevin Glenn is necessary. He's fourth in the league in passing yards but struggles with accuracy, throwing five touchdowns against eight interceptions so far this season.
If Glenn gives Calgary's defense opportunities to create turnovers, the Stampeders will undoubtedly remain undefeated this season.
Saskatchewan Roughriders at Ottawa Redblacks
The Roughriders are 2-2 on the season after a dominant win against Toronto in Week 5, but this team has plenty of work ahead to contend in the ultra-competitive West Division.
Saskatchewan's defense showed up in a big way against Toronto, holding the Argonauts to just nine points while forcing two interceptions. The team also controlled the clock nicely with a solid 113-yard, three-touchdown performance from running back Will Ford.
Ottawa will be looking to get back on track after giving up 33 points to Hamilton in Week 5. The Redblacks allowed Hamilton's Dan LeFevour to gain 361 yards through the air and 109 yards on the ground in a terrible defensive showing.
If the Redblacks allow that same kind of freedom to the versatile Darian Durant, they'll suddenly find themselves in a two-game slump.