3Down Power Rankings: Riders make progress

Undefeated Edmonton and defeated many times Hamilton are both ranked accordingly.

Everything in between is where it gets fun.

Edmonton Eskimos wide receiver Vidal Hazelton (15) and wide receiver Brandon Zylstra (83) celebrate in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday July 28, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

1. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 1)

Even with more injuries piling up, Edmonton put together an impressive win against B.C. who entered on a four-game win streak of their own. It was tied at 20 and the Esks rolled off 17 straight points to take control and remain perfect.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats running back Mercer Timmis (27) and defensive back Dominique Ellis, right, chase Calgary Stampeders running back Roy Finch (14) in Calgary, Saturday, July 29, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

2. Calgary Stampeders (last week 3)

The Stamps absolutely dismantled a Ticats team that looked more like kitties at McMahon Stadium. Each unit (offence, defence and special teams) scored touchdowns for Calgary and Andrew Buckley looked sharp in the second half.

B.C. Lions defensive back Buddy Jackson (3) tries to block the catch by Edmonton Eskimos slotback D’haquille Williams (81) in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday July 28, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

3. B.C. Lions (last week 2)

The Lions couldn’t slow down Mike Reilly and the Eskimos red hot offence or keep up with them either. Travis Lulay guided B.C. to 10 quick points to begin the third quarter, but Edmonton dominated late in the game once again.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers celebrate a dramatic come from behind victory over the Montreal Alouettes during CFL football action in Winnipeg on Thursday, July 27, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan

4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 5)

Some Bomber fans found out about the improbable comeback while in their cars or on the way home, leaving the stadium early with Winnipeg down 12 and 1:40 left on the clock. Never leave a CFL game that’s within two scores.

5. Toronto Argonauts (last week 4)

If you stare at the rankings long enough maybe the Argos will change positions, likely drop lower like the Johnny Sears Jr. play that cost Toronto a chance to tie or win the contest in Regina.

Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Duron Carter (89) makes a one-handed grab for a touchdown in front of Toronto Argonauts defensive back Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (9) in Regina on Saturday, July 29, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

6. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 8)

Duron Carter’s remarkable backhanded, one-hand touchdown grab is still reverberating around, Saskatchewan, Canada and North America. That could very well end up being the catch of the year.

Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Trevor Harris (7) fumbles the ball as Toronto Argonauts defensive end Victor Butler (94) completes the tackle in Toronto, Monday, July 24, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

7. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 7)

Technically it was a bye week for Ottawa, but after the Redblacks did play two games in Week 5. That rest should serve a tired group well.

8. Montreal Alouettes (last week 6)

Darian Durant and the offence put up 40 points – Als best performance by far this season – but that effort was squandered in the final 100 seconds.

9. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 9)

After a 60-1 beatdown in Cowtown, Hamilton is left searching – desperately – for answers.

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64 Comments on 3Down Power Rankings: Riders make progress

  1. Surprised the Ticats weren’t ranked 10th this week. I’m only half joking about that too.

  2. Hors E Power // July 31, 2017 at 3:40 pm //

    Fair rankings. I think you could flip a coin as to whether Sask should be 6th or 7th. A dehydrated Sears and heat exhausted team suggests to me they should be 7th. Having said that the riders legitimately move up 1 spot. Good on them.
    I’m getting tied of the Duron Carter talk. Media is making it sound like this guy set some massive record. Lets keep it real people.

    • What is funny is that as usual you choose to talk about the Riders instead of talking about your Stamps. Get a life. I won’t tell you exactly what everyone thinks of you as it will sit in moderation. Again one day hopefully those that run this site realize that you are in fact just a cancer and contribute nothing to it.

      Now in relation to the article….it is pretty much bang on. Hamilton is in a very scary spot right now as the bottom has clearly fell out from under them. Edmonton is the class of the league right now finding ways to win. With a few bounces and plays the Riders would be in a far better spot than they find themselves. However they are learning how to win right now as a team. Hopefully this week was not a 1 off and they are able to keep improving.

    • Tired of all the Carter talk? Even in an article about a Montreal and Ottawa game you’d still find a way to work in some jab at Chris Jones and the Riders. That’s rich!

    • 3rd and 1 // August 1, 2017 at 9:51 am //

      I’m new on this site but it’s real easy to see that you look for negatives to discuss about a team. The facts are very clear. The Riders beat themself in the 43-40 Overtime loss to Winnipeg. They did the exact same thing in Montreal. Missing a last second 45 yard field goal to win the game. The only game they truly were beat hands down was in Calgary. I was at the Argo Riders game on the same side as the Argo’s. Trying to say a tired dehydrated Argo team is the only reason the Riders won is ludicrous. The Riders beat the Argo’s in every important statistic. The Riders should be rated above the team they just beat. Ricky Ray was on his back 5 times. The Riders RB had 110 yards on the ground. Plus Glen threw 4 TD passes. That is a pretty well executed game plan. Riders #6 and Argo’s #7

      • We get it. Sask fans love their team. But don’t you ever get sick of trying to make that team look better than they are? The Riders shouldn’t have even had a touchdown in the Montreal game, that ball was out before it crossed the plane. The Riders have beat the worst team in the league and an average at best Argos team. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

        • 3rd and 1 // August 1, 2017 at 2:51 pm //

          I’m not trying to say the team is better than they are. They beat a team handily and are put below that team in the power rankings? Sorry but that dosent compute!
          Hell BC played 3 games out early East this season in an 11 day period and won all 3 games. There is no excuses for short weeks or injuries or anything else.
          All scoring plays are reviewed by the command center. The TD you are talking about was reviewed Why do you think you know more than the replay. Maybe they had a better angle than we did. Besides the Riders lost that game and I stated that. The fact remains all the Riders had to do was split the uprights from 45 yards out to win. They messed up. The same kicker cost them in their OT loss to Winnipeg.
          No the Riders are not going to win awards this year. However they are going to beat teams that no one gave them a chance. Just watch and see.

          • Cflfan345 // August 3, 2017 at 2:56 pm //

            I don’t think the Toronto win is considered “massive” by any standards. Even with Carter’s insane performance, the game still nearly came down to the wire had it not been for a mistake by Sears

  3. Antlerman // July 31, 2017 at 3:47 pm //

    Well Stampy we all get.tired of your talk too but you wont shut up either

  4. lochtess // July 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm //

    Well put Antlerman. Horse Apples has as much credibility as the US President.

  5. Hors E Power // July 31, 2017 at 4:02 pm //

    I paid the riders a compliment! What’s the problem?

  6. rider rooter // July 31, 2017 at 4:33 pm //

    I was surprise at the riders jumping that much in the ranking , I don’t know if they can sustain the placing but nice to see them win anyway. They were playing a tired team, Ricky Wray is a great player. I have been a critic of the horse fan , thank you for the compliment .

  7. Hors E Power // July 31, 2017 at 4:54 pm //

    I know its counter intuitive when Edmonton is the only undefeated team but after a 60-1 win and getting stronger it’s hard not to consider Calgary for first even if the esks remain undefeated

    • Losing to the Eskimos is no shame, I think the BC Lions should be ranked second. All that the Trampeders did was kick a really bad team when they were down.

    • So beating the second best team (by record) is worth a drop in the rankings because the Stamps beat the worst team in decades?? Don’t think so.

  8. Hors E Power // July 31, 2017 at 5:09 pm //

    On CFL site there are 2 interesting stories.
    One were Dickensen talking about his dissatisfaction with Calgary’s effort and not being good enough…THEY WON 60-1

    The other was Jones literally saying his team was “Good enough”

    Just interesting to see the different in culture and expectation between the 2.

    • Yep, Saskatchewan was humble in its victory, showing respect for its opponent. Calgary chose to belittle its adversary. No class, like one of their fans.

      • Hors E Power // July 31, 2017 at 5:46 pm //

        Or a winning team is never satisfied and realizes an even better performance is required to win the next game. In other words the stamps know what it takes to win.
        Jones just told his team they are good enough,why would the players bother pushing and trying to improve?

        • All that’s clear is that you are distorting both coaches words to serve your trollish personal end game. You know we’ll still talk to you if you start talking like an adult, right?

      • I’m a Rider fan and I can see where you were going given the blowout score. However I give the stumps full credit for pretty much starting the second half with their starters parked. At that point honestly if they are filtering through their roster and still scoring at will, I’m not sure it was then running the score up as much as Hamilton playing so poorly that their o and d couldn’t get started period.

  9. Mmmbacon // July 31, 2017 at 5:16 pm //

    Calgary is where they belong. Until the beat the esks, if they can, edmonton is the best team. As for the riders, flio 6 and 5 and we are talking. Argos have been over rated all season based on their first game

    • Hors E Power // July 31, 2017 at 5:21 pm //

      What if Edmonton loses between now and labor day and Calgary doesn’t?
      Riders at 5 might be getting a little carried away. They still need to beat a big boy before they can advance that far

    • Riders13 // July 31, 2017 at 5:25 pm //

      Yep, Edm and BC are the class of the league but Calgary belongs to be in 2nd based on the lions 2nd loss of the season. Gotta feel for Hamilton and hope they get get back on track…much more fun with parity across the league this season.

      Kind of ironic that someone is tired of all the Carter talk this week but couldn’t shut his yap last week when DC and Bell got into it. Classy move by DC to give the ball to that 12 year old cancer survivor!

      • Hors E Power // July 31, 2017 at 6:03 pm //

        Kind of ironic how riderfans glow with the accolades being given to Carter. Yet if he dropped a few of those and only had 30 yards instead of a 130 and pouted all they way home instead of making time for a young cancer survivor, they would be complaining about being picked on and fake, trolling news stories!!!

  10. pantsonfire // July 31, 2017 at 5:40 pm //

    Common opponents, Calgary & Edmonton. Both beat Ottawa in close games. Let’s take the Ottawa tie out & look at 5 games for both. Both beat Hamiton, Edm beat Mtl, Calgary lost to Mtl. Cal beat Wpg & Sask in non- common opponents, Edm beat BC twice. I think BC is better than those 2 clubs & higher in the standings & rankings. When you consider the Mtl loss, the only thing that you can rate Stamps higher on is the bigger beatdown of Hamilton. So I can’t see how Stamps, at this time, should outrank Esks. Keep in mind Esks also held DD to 166 passing vs 296 vs Stamps. Ottawa put up 900+ yds offence on Cal in 2 games, 340 vs Esks. Yes, Esks are winning by close scores but scores don’t indicate the dominance with a very depleted club. I still like Stamps to take 1st but I gotta give credit where it’s due. Sorry Horsie, gotta disagree with you on this 1. Take out the common foes & Esks have played better opponent.

    • Hors E Power // July 31, 2017 at 5:52 pm //

      Trying to analyze based on common opponents is pointless. Using that measure I would simply say Calgary beat Hamilton way easier than Edmonton did and should therefore be number 1

    • George Porge // July 31, 2017 at 6:04 pm //

      I have to agree with you on the point of analyzing opposition teams here. At the beginning of the year, I had figured Ottawa to be one of the best teams in the league, and so almost losing to them and then squeaking a win against them seemed like a thing a great team would do. Now it seems like Ottawa has lost their way. Now Calgary lost to Montreal (which they always seem to do, though last year it was a meaningless game – not so much this year) which is also a hapless team. To date, I would say that Calgary’s 4-1-1 record flatters us in the way that Saskatchewan’s 8-2 record flattered them in mid-2014. At that time, I expressed doubts on the Riders’ record, and I’m starting to do the same for the Stampeders now.

      Don’t get me wrong, I think Calgary is still a good team, but you’re right in that they haven’t played B.C. or Edmonton yet. Those are going to be the major test. The Hamilton game was an aberration and something that will probably not happen again for another two and a half decades.

      As they say – season really starts on Labour day.

      • Hors E Power // July 31, 2017 at 6:16 pm //

        People have been under estimating Calgary for 2 years now. I agree BC/ Edmonton are the real test and Calgary must beat these teams.

    • White Horse // August 1, 2017 at 7:43 pm //

      Pantsonfire….agreed…Labour Day will be the deciding factor for Stamps/Esks. Riders and Wpg will also settle I thought or two.

  11. pantsonfire // July 31, 2017 at 6:22 pm //

    The retort to that is Mtl beat Calgary & Edmonton beat Calgary. The 59 point differential means nothing. It happens once in a blue moon & is no indication of how good you are vs the rest of the league. The 2 points in the standings counts for a lot more. In baseball terms, Stamps are 1.5 games behind Esks. So, yeah I like Stamps to end 1st but they don’t belong there now. You previously argued when Stamps were 2nd to Esks that Calgary deserved 1st due to playing stronger opponents. Beating BC twice is a bigger task at present than beating Riders or Wpg – unless you want to debate that. You can’t have it both ways, Horsie. But we could rank Riders & Wpg higher than BC so then, yes, I would say Stamps #1 even with the loss to Mtl. Otherwise, nope. Doesn’t fly. I gotta be fair. Esks have done more with less than anyone in the CFL right now & have already won the season series against a team picked by many to win the GC & challenge the Stamps, the latter point even you have conceded in the past.

    • Hors E Power // July 31, 2017 at 6:31 pm //

      You previously argued when Stamps were 2nd to Esks that Calgary deserved 1st due to playing stronger opponents. Beating BC twice is a bigger task at present than beating Riders or Wpg – unless you want to debate that. You can’t have it both ways

      When did I say Calgary should be ranked higher than Edmonton based on playing stronger opponents?

    • Hors E Power // July 31, 2017 at 9:40 pm //

      You say it means nothing winning by 59 points.
      Consider Calgary has won the last 2 87-11 combined. That’s no fluke my friend

  12. pantsonfire // July 31, 2017 at 6:23 pm //

    Oops, Esks beat Mtl, not Calgary of course.

  13. pantsonfire // July 31, 2017 at 7:18 pm //

    July 25 – ” Hard to understand why BC didn’t shift to 1, Calgary to 2 & Edmonton to 3 given the strength of each’s opponent”. That takes the Hamilton beating out of the equation. Calgary opponents – Ottawa twice, Montreal, Wpg & Sask. Calgary played 1 more game so take tie out of it. Esks you’d rank lower despite Montreal loss, despite saying Sask & Hamilton should reverse positions, thus valuing Riders lower opponent & despite Edm beating BC vs Stamps taking out Winnipeg. Esks had stronger opposition & didn’t change with another week in the books & Esks beating BC while Calgary beat Hamilton. Sorry, Horsie. I’m for you most weeks but not this time.

    • Hors E Power // July 31, 2017 at 7:36 pm //

      I have a huge fan following!

    • Hors E Power // July 31, 2017 at 8:04 pm //

      I encourage you to read further in that article. I rescinded what I said above. We are all allowed to change opinions and someone made a good point to me so I changed my thoughts. Go back and look

  14. White Horse // July 31, 2017 at 8:03 pm //

    These rankings are a hoax to many, but in the West Division the ranking is as it should be. In 2014 Stamps beat Eskimos 4 times includes playoff game and won the Cup. In 2015 Edmonton beat Calg two of three and won the Cup. BC not a factor. However this season I believe BC to be a factor. The Labour Day game Calg/Edmonton is huge not considering BC Calg.

  15. Hors E Power // July 31, 2017 at 8:08 pm //

    Cal and BC play a big game Aug 18.
    Mid August to mid Sept Cal vs Edm twice and and Cal vs BC twice
    That will go along way to deciding positioning in the west amongst the top 3

  16. Riders13 // July 31, 2017 at 10:28 pm //

    BC plays 2 tough games against the Riders back to back with a game at NMS on Aug 13 so if we use your theory, BC should be easy to beat on the short week on the 18th. Of course the stamps could choke as usual.

    • Hors E Power // July 31, 2017 at 11:15 pm //

      My theory? I’ not sure where I said teams should be easy to beat on a short week?

    • Hors E Power // July 31, 2017 at 11:16 pm //

      Stamps could choke as usual?
      When do the stamps fail in big regular season games?

  17. Riders13 // July 31, 2017 at 11:27 pm //

    You’re right…the stamps usually only choke in playoff and championship games.

  18. pantsonfire // July 31, 2017 at 11:36 pm //

    Hey Horsie, I’ve got no problem with you. I find you quite entertaining. Large following, sure, more power to you. Just saying whatever argument you use you got to back it with something. Or not – if you think Stamps are tops just because that’s OK by me. But I would think that the boys that do the rankings at the 3 or 4 sites have some basis for their rankings & 2 beat downs of BC likely score higher than a historical demolition of the TiCats. Bottom line – Calgary, BC & Edmonton will soon sort this out. I’m out.

  19. Hors E Power // July 31, 2017 at 11:49 pm //

    Hate to burst you bubble but Calgary has won the last 2 McMahon stadium west finals at home (2014,2017) by a combined score of 85-33. Calgary has played in 10 Grey Cups in the last 26 years (suggesting pretty good playoff success), they are 5-5 in that game. Sorry to embarrass you the facts maybe you’ll learn not to spew stupidity.
    Rides fans simply don’t have that type of history to understand or make comparisons. Sask will need to go AT LEAST 4-4 vs the west in remaining games (that assumes you can sweep the east, if not you will have to be over .500 vs west). You won Sat but didn’t gain anything on the strong west This year hangs by a thread

    • Sorry to burst your bubble, if you are going to bring up the past maybe you should be cheering for a better team. Since 1970: Cal 12 GC APP with 6 wins and 6 loss for 50%. Edm 18 APP with 11 wins and 7 loss for 61%. For the past 7 years your team has been at the top of the league and only won one cup with 3 appearances. While Edm, BC, MTL, SASK and TO are 1 for 1, OTT 1 for 2 and HAM 0 for 2. So Cal after all these good times in the last 7 years places 7th on that list of 9 teams. Only Win and HAM are behind CAL.

      • Sorry forgot to move Sask to join OTT in the 1 for 2. 🙂

        • Well said ESKS14. Lets not forget how many home playoff games before 2014 they choked in. Especially against the Riders. He seems to forget that.

      • George Porge // August 1, 2017 at 4:22 pm //

        Well firstly, SSK is actually 1 for 3 in the past seven Grey Cup games. If you’re going to cherry pick, at least learn how Google works.

        It’s pretty telling when you have to narrow down your statistics to the point where they lose all meaning, just to have some way to make your team look slightly better than average.

        Your Esks missed the playoffs twice in that seven year period, and had to back in through the East two other times. But they won the single Grey Cup game in which they played in that whole 7-year period, so that makes them a better playoff team than SSK, HAM, OTT, and CGY who have all managed to win their divisional championships and actually attend the “big show” multiple times.

        Yeah.. I’ll take our “choking in the playoffs” over whatever it is your Eskimos have done over the past seven seasons.

  20. The past is behind us…the week ahead should be some great ball providing the refs let them play and the command center has a full power failure. Calgary vs Toronto has potential to be a great game. Riders have to dig very deep against a very talented Eskimo club. If they come out shaky Edmonton will manipulate. I feel the same will be true in Toronto. Ray is good but if Calgary shuts him down and gets their offense rolling they may dominate.

  21. Hors E Power // August 1, 2017 at 12:08 am //

    Yup… Are you harvesting wheat without proper ventilation again? Sask plays BC not Edmonton

  22. It’s been the case that teams playing on a short week generally lose a bit more than 2/3 of the the time, Rider13. So the odds are against the team on a short break. There are things to keep in mind. Ottawa, in their 3 game stretch over 11 days won 5 days after playing Edm. But their opponent Mtl also played 5 days before so no advantage. Ottawa then lost to Toronto 5 days later, who were coming off a break. Toronto in turn lost to the Riders after a short week. So odds are against BC on the 18th. Ambrosie has already stated that he wants to get rid of the short weeks. It’s an obvious disadvantage.

  23. I think Stamps will gave their hands full against Lions. West division is very competitive.

  24. When Mike Reilly gets hurt the Eskimos are revealed as the smoke-and-mirrors team they are. In the mean time, either Jason Maas or the Challenges have to go. Preferably both.

    • Lol, so most teams want Franklin because he can play. Plus the last time our QB got hurt he came back on 8 and a row to win the GC. But keep talking

      • George Porge // August 2, 2017 at 9:02 am //

        ..and then the subsequent season he was just good enough to back into the playoffs in the East, just barely squeaked by Hamilton and then got completely humiliated by Ottawa in the East Final.

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