3Down Power Rankings: New basement dweller; Ticats on the rise

There is a new team that finds themselves in the outhouse of 3DownNation’s Power Rankings. For the first time all season, there is a team that’s tumbled all the way past the Ticats.

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell (19) passes during first half CFL action against the Edmonton Eskimos in Edmonton, Alta., on Saturday September 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Amber Bracken

1. Calgary Stampeders (last week 1)

Bo Levi Mithell’s last-minute touchdown pass to Marquay McDaniel got the Stamps a hard fought road win at Commonwealth. Calgary has created a gap at the top of the West.

Malik Leggett, 9, holds the Banjo Bowl trophy as his dad, Moe Leggett (31), Jamaal Westerman (55) and Shayon Green, all look on after the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders during CFL football action in Winnipeg, Saturday, September 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan

2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 3)

Mo Leggett was rockin’ out in the Banjo Bowl, two touchdowns, one on a punt return and another via interception. Those put the Bombers ahead and sealed the game.

3. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 5)

Edmonton lost a headset and crucial game with Calgary. Head coach Jason Maas was clearly frustrated when addressing the media post-game. Streak have defined the Eskimos season, seven straight wins to start and four losses in a row since.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris (33) and Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Kacy Rodgers III battle to recover a fumble during the second half of CFL football action in Winnipeg, Saturday, September 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan

4. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 2)

The Riders came crashing back down to reality and slid down our rankings in the process. Turnovers and poor special teams play led to the green and white having their winning streak snapped.

5. B.C. Lions (last week 6)

Travis Lulay was likely lost for the season with a major knee injury – big blow. B.C. needs to see better play for Jon Jennings to get back in the mix out West, and possibly find an experienced backup.

Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Trevor Harris (7) gets tackled by Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ Coleman Davon (0) during the first half of a CFL football game in Ottawa on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

6. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 4)

Trevor Harris got hurt and the Redblacks couldn’t come all the way back after he left the game. Missed opportunity for Ottawa to win the season series against Hamilton. Harris out for a “matter of weeks” could see them slide further.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach June Jones looks on. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

7. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 9)

The Ticats improved to 2-0 under new head coach Junes Jones. Players on the Tabbies seem to be responding to his message very well. There’s more of a chance Hamilton could challenge for a playoff spot, thanks to the weak East.

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray (15) throws while being pressured by Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive end Justin Capicciotti (94). THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

8. Toronto Argonauts (last week 7)

Defensive back Mitchell White has been added which was much needed in the Argos secondary. If Victor Butler can return to his early season form with Shawn Lemon on the other end, Toronto’s defence can improve in a hurry.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Darian Durant (4). THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

9. Montreal Alouettes (last week 8)

Montreal’s ineptitude on offence has been stunning considering the playmakers added in the off-season, Darian Durant at quarterback and Ernest Jackson receiver. Jacques Chapdelaine needs to find some answers.

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44 Comments on 3Down Power Rankings: New basement dweller; Ticats on the rise

  1. I’ll bet Calgary doesn’t sleep well tonight….. LOL

    • white stallion in red // September 11, 2017 at 5:38 pm //

      Why would Calgary not sleep well. I think Calgary sleeps better than anyone these days

    • White Horse // September 11, 2017 at 5:49 pm //

      Horsie..that was a tongue in cheek comment!

    • White Horse // September 11, 2017 at 9:28 pm //

      It was awesome to see Gizmo Williams on Sat night against the Stamps. Gizmo..you are the most memorable of all time in my love of CFL football. I hope the admiration and total respect of a truly great athlete will live with you till your last day. You were actually scary for me as a Stamps fan. God Bless you.

      • George Porge // September 12, 2017 at 11:01 am //

        Well said. Gizmo, like Pinball, is a quintessential CFL player and epitomized one of the major things that sets our league apart from the NFL (namely, our explosive return game).

  2. Seems accurate to me. Still funny watching Maas lose it.

  3. white stallion in red // September 11, 2017 at 5:40 pm //

    The Calgary Stampeders. As it is, as it was, as it ever will be, as the universe intents it to be

  4. White Stallion,
    I was saying that tongue in cheek.

  5. white stallion in red // September 11, 2017 at 5:43 pm //

    I think Hamilton might be a little high

    • OK horsie. your precious stamps pooped themselves last GC what to say this year.They still got to make it.

      • white stallion in red // September 11, 2017 at 7:33 pm //

        No guarantee any team will make it rick2. But it’s pretty certain we will require a single home win where we virtually never loss. To get there again

    • Hamilton could be a step higher as they just finished beating Ottawa that is a step higher.

  6. White Horse // September 11, 2017 at 5:57 pm //

    Positioning looks fine…I am worried about the mounting 6 game IL for the Stamps. Now our two best import receivers and best and second best Canadian receivers on the shelf. Stamps lost SAM linebacker Burnett and DL Jr Turner also on Saturday. These are all starters. BC is Loving it!

    • Gee welcome to the club! Hamilton has as many players on their 6 game IL as Calgary has on it’s six and one game combined! Oh and eight of those players on the 6 game are nationals! Yet they are starting to turn their season around. Stamps should be able to overcome injuries to a few starters.
      I do have to say that I’m mildly surprised that the Ticats jumped not one spot up the rankings but two places in spite of their banged up team and missing starters all over the field. Of course rankings mean little – it’s the win-loss column that ultimately decides the post season future of a team.

      • white stallion in red // September 11, 2017 at 7:43 pm //

        What’s this ” Calgary should be able to overcome there injuries?” We DO over come our injuries…fyi lost about 8 in Edmonton…at probably 2 starters are done for season

        Starters out right now…Mayo, Turner (nat), Durant(nat), lavertu(nat), Grossman (nat), Jorden,Harris,Law, Thorn(nat)

        .other starters out but now back,
        Feterkeil(nat), Bergman (nat), Bell. Smith, Hughes, Wall, Johnson, Vaughters, Finch, Daniels

        So yeah

        • cow named gary // September 11, 2017 at 8:35 pm //

          Were doomed. Oh no not really, we won the labor day championship and we still have Bo LEG at QB. GO TRAMPS GO (cough cough choke)

  7. Jason Maas, what a childish display of lack of control. Mad Man Maas.

    • Dan Bombers // September 11, 2017 at 7:19 pm //

      Yeah it was pretty bad Dano he just lost it !!
      I used to have a friend react like that after kicking his but in blades of steel on Nintendo but we were 11 !!

    • Wonder if anyone has told him that he still owes the TC’s a refund.

  8. Mr Curling thinks that if Saskatchewan fans could have released two or more Moose on the Winnipeg Highway instead of just one Riders could have won that loudest stadium contest easy.Or does that even count in the power rankings?

  9. Red&White Forever // September 11, 2017 at 7:36 pm //

    I agree with this. Montreal looks terrible. It is definitely not a “glory” position, but the importance of a good (national, preferably) o-line and competent backups who can slot in to all positions on it, cannot be overstated enough. There is a reason Chris Jones went out and spent big money on Derek Dennis, despite his birth certificate, not to mention Winnepeg the year before with Stanley Bryant. There is a reason the Stampeders are consistently at the top of the league. Good, consistent, reliable o-line play. The teams that don’t have that do not win.

  10. Power rankings are a mugs game. But journalists enjoy them.
    F.

  11. Dundas dude // September 11, 2017 at 7:51 pm //

    Some journalist sitting in his underwear at his computer deciding how great athletes rate, is fake news.

    Go Cats go!

    • Paul Bomber // September 11, 2017 at 9:09 pm //

      “Fake news”? Power rankings are an OPINION PIECE (climbing up on my soap box now….): Please think twice before throwing that term around. The godfather of “Fake News” managed to parlay ACTUAL fake news (I know… sounds like an oxymoron) into his own presidency… something the CIA, the FBI, the Democrats and even the Republicans themselves (save the white house) fully acknowledge (climbing down off the soap box)

      • Dundas dude // September 11, 2017 at 10:19 pm //

        Ok fake opinion piece. My point is, the real rankings are decided on the field in November, and guys like me offering their opinion on stuff I know little about is worth squat. It is fun though to speculate. As much as I’d like to see the Cats win, my sense is 2 and 8 is probably a fair outcome, and I’d still rank them behind Toronto. Also, this stuff about how great the west is, did not mean much last year, and I’m gonna bet won’t mean much in two months either.

  12. White Horse // September 11, 2017 at 8:07 pm //

    I respected Jason Maas as a QB during his days with Eskimos. He came off the bench and while not spectacular, he never showed issues of brain dead like he did on Sunday night. I have lost all respect for him.
    The Eskimos are going to be deadly the rest of the season because of their loss to Stamps. Whoo be tied! The Stamps have another visit to Edmonton in a few games from now!!!!1

    • Paul Bomber // September 11, 2017 at 8:34 pm //

      With you… used to think Maass was one of those natural leaders when he played. Talent wise – high end of average (??). Did set a record for consecutive completions (since eclipsed). But since entering the coaching ranks, he’s been a selfish doofus. Saying “screw it” to the tampering rules when an assistant in Ottawa to get the Edm gig, the miked up crap last year, now this.

    • Except when he was in Hamilton. There, all he did was fail miserably.

      Was such a waste of money….

  13. Paul Bomber // September 11, 2017 at 8:57 pm //

    Strange year. Seems the only team that can keep it together in Calgary (bleach!). At the risk of the wrath of the horse people – I wouldn’t be surprised if they found a way around the cap – either the letter or spirit.
    Dumping Durant was the smartest thing Jones has done. I was sorry to see him leave Sask (for very different reasons than the green people). Jones recognized the fact the guy is barely average QB despite the myth that he was elite. Amazing how much of a struggle Montreal has had replacing AC. They should look for a game-manager like Nichols…the best in the biz right now (game-manager that is, not over-all QB).

    • Dundas dude // September 11, 2017 at 10:33 pm //

      It is interesting with Calgary, as dominant as they’ve been in recent years in the regular season they have no more Cups than Edmonton and Montreal in this century. They’re clicking now and deserve all the credit, but it’ll be interesting to see who is hot in November and wins the Holy Grail of football.

      • George Porge // September 12, 2017 at 11:06 am //

        All leagues go through cycles. Edmonton has had dominant years through the late 90’s and early 00’s, and Montreal had the Calvillo era until 2012. Comparing Grey Cups to those two teams over the past 17 years would not be a slight on any team in the league.

        Calgary has been dominant this decade, but that has as much to do with continuity in the front office than anything else.

        • CFLs Best since 1990 // September 13, 2017 at 4:08 am //

          Montreal’s “dominance” was ONLY due to playing in the East. Check the records if you don’t believe me.

          The schedule was highly unbalanced. Had they played in the West… they may have missed the playoffs when they actually won the Grey Cup. So, “dominance”? I don’t think so.

  14. So Riders lost and dropped 2, Edmonton lost and jumped 2 ? I suppose they had a better performance than us and Maas easily won the meltdown award.

    Speaking of meltdowns. Maas kind of reminded me of when Clark Griswold lost his sh*t when he didn’t get his Christmas bonus. God that scene still cracks me up every time I watch Christmas Vacation – classic.

    • justforkicks // September 11, 2017 at 10:40 pm //

      I was wondering if anyone was going to mention the strange relation to rank between riders and esks. Not that I care but the rankings do draw interest. I think the crossover position is going to be the battle in the west.

      • Paul Bomber // September 12, 2017 at 9:13 am //

        sometimes it’s more about someone else going down than anyone moving up. That said, (and you have no idea how much this hurts to write), I don’t think Sask is getting the credit they deserve. I think they’re a lock for the cross over and wouldn’t be shocked to see them get a legit Western birth… though I wouldn’t put any money on it at this point.

  15. Couple of things.
    Maas has taken over for Kent Austin as coaching entertainment. Thank you!!!
    I also think the cfl’s “sweetharts the last couple of years” the Ottawa Redblacks have no more lightning in the bottle they have caught the last couple of years.
    Getting interesting now in the East!!

    • George Porge // September 12, 2017 at 11:10 am //

      To be honest, I think Maas overtook Austin as the least disciplined sideline coach in the league last year when he, Hervey, and Reilly decided to play selfish games with the Mic’d Up experiment. Austin disliked the whole Mic’d Up thing just as much as any other coach, but he still went with it. Edmonton was the only team that decided they were bigger than the CFL.

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