3Down Power Rankings: Redblacks rise, Ticats tumble

Ottawa’s comeback and Hamilton’s upset produced opposite movement in the 3Down rankings.

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, centre, with iPad, goes over a play with teammates on the sidelines. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

1. Calgary Stampeders (last week 1)

The Stampeders kicked their feet up, admired the top record in the CFL and enjoyed a bye week.

2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 2)

Matt Nichols suffered an injury to his right hand that forced him out of the game in Winnipeg’s loss to Hamilton. The severity is unknown – Bombers fans are praying for positive news.

Roughriders’ quarterback Brandon Bridge throws a ball during warm-up. (CFL PHOTO – Dave Chidley)

3. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 3)

Brandon Bridge engineered a comeback victory in Toronto as the Riders swept their two-game Eastern trip. Saskatchewan has visions of challenging Winnipeg for a home playoff game.

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray (15) dives with the ball as he’s tackled by Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Derrick Moncrief (42). THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

4. Toronto Argonauts (last week 4)

Failed red zone opportunities ultimately did Toronto in. It could have been a much bigger lead in the first half, but field goals were settled for instead of converting touchdowns. But consider some key pieces – Shawn Lemon, Bear Woods and Marcus Ball – were on the sidelines.

Ottawa Redblacks’ Greg Ellingson, left, and B.C. Lions’ Ronnie Yell (25) collide. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

5. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 6)

24 unanswered points really boosted Ottawa’s playoff chances. Trevor Harris came alive in the nick of time.

6. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 7)

There were some frustrating moments in the rain for Edmonton, but eventually, the Eskimos snapped a six-game skid. Brandon Zylstra (201 yards) is making a push for the CFL receiving title.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ Alex Green (15), Tony Washington (66) and Luke Tasker (17) celebrate Green’s touchdown against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

7. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 5)

Hamilton scored a big-time win in Winnipeg, however, B.C.’s late-game collapse did the Ticats no favours.

Ottawa Redblacks’ William Powell, front, dives past B.C. Lions’ Micah Awe while carrying the ball during. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

8. B.C. Lions (last week 8)

The Lions seemed to be in control and well on the way to a much-needed win, but then it all unravelled quickly. That might have been the season slipping away for B.C.

Montreal Alouettes head coach Kavis Reed reacts to a play during CFL football action. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

9. Montreal Alouettes (last week 9)

At least Montreal wasn’t completely blown out, but an early lead was squandered. The Alouettes were officially the first team eliminated from playoff contention on Thanksgiving Monday.


40 Comments on 3Down Power Rankings: Redblacks rise, Ticats tumble

  1. Tiger Chick // October 10, 2017 at 5:39 pm //

    Your power ranking system stinks. How can the ticats fall because BC didn’t produce. Lunacy. Base it on how the team played not everyone else.

    • Seriously. The Ticats beat a good team in Winnipeg. So last weeks 5th ranked team beats last weeks #1 team, and the result is they fall in rankings. Gotcha.

      • The Ticats beat another team that lost their starting QB, that’s the big difference.
        When Nichols went down there was no way the Lions were coming back.
        Ottawa’s offense came alive, it wasn’t really about a Lions collapse. No team would have stopped Harris’s pin point passing and Ellingson and Sinopoli and Powell’s brutal running.
        Yes Ottawa ahead of Hamilton in the power rankings, makes sense

  2. Not that these rankings matter, but how is it possible that the cats move down and the bombers are unchanged? Seems like last week’s game isn’t even being considered.

    • Bombers unchanged because they lost their key player, the QB.
      If Nichols stays in the game, the Bombers win it

      • Crankshaft79 // October 12, 2017 at 8:56 am //

        The Cats were dominating that game. They were still winning it even if Nichols stayed in.

  3. The Ticats had a convincing win over the #2 ranked team and they fall in the rankings?

  4. Also, Winnipeg loses to the low ranked Ticats but don’t lose a spot in the rankings. The Riders beat a very good Argo team in TO but don’t move up past the Bombers.

    • It’s Power Rankings – the Bombers lost their QB therefore their “power” – if they had’t lost Nichols they win, that’s what the power rankings are all about.

      • When Nichols was in the game, were they winning? Also, his hand is injured, so is he going to be as effective going forward? While they may not make the playoffs,the Ticats are a team to be reckoned with…and, I suspect, most teams fear. Especially if you’re a QB…how many have they knocked out of games this year? BC, EDM, OTT, WPG, TOR…I wonder if Calgary won’t play Bo Levi this week for that very reason…fear of getting injured.

  5. TigersCoach // October 10, 2017 at 5:55 pm //

    So… Edmonton loses 6 straight before beating that dumpster fire of a team in Montreal and they move up while Hamilton wins 4 of 6 including a fairly lopsided road win against the second best team in the league and they move down and are now behind Edmonton. That makes zero sense!

  6. White Horse // October 10, 2017 at 5:57 pm //

    I believe the Cats will be a challenge for the Stamps Friday night. Actually the Stamps have a nasty 4 games remaining. Ham, Sask, Edm, Wpg….Yikes…Can they go undefeated the rest of the way? This is all good motivation for the play-offs coming soon to our favourite sport.
    I am liking Masoli more each week. He is a definite keeper for the Cats. The guy is scrappy and determined.

    • George Porge // October 10, 2017 at 6:23 pm //

      Depends on how this week goes. If we beat the Cats and BC somehow pulls out a win against Winnipeg (while his injury looks manageable, Nichols is still definitely hurt, so no all bets are off on that game), then we’re sitting starters for the final three games of the season.

      Not that I don’t have faith in our backups, but I don’t think we’re going to win out all our games against Sask, Edm, and Wpg if we bench starters and play the “try not to get hurt” game.

    • If the Cats can take out BLM they have a good chance to beat them. They have taken out Nicols, Trevor Harris and Lulay, that is the reason for 3 of their 4 wins.
      Slam BLM to the turf early and they should pull it out.

      • The Iceman // October 11, 2017 at 7:43 am //

        They lost the game that they took out Jennings. I wasn’t aware they took out Lulay.
        And the Cats were up when Nichols left the game. Power rankings have nothing to do with who was injured or not. Based on results. That is why it is laughable that the Cats soundly beat the #2 team on the road and drop. Poor rankings in anyones eyes.

  7. Jim Bentley // October 10, 2017 at 6:07 pm //

    These rankings are put together by the same folks who do CFL video reviews aren’t they? It must be the case ‘cause the logic appears identical as does the competence!

  8. If the Cats beat Calgary they will drop to 9th!

    • If the Cats give Calgary a sound beating with hot, trigger Masoli then they can be any number position they want.Intriguing no?

  9. Dunk… you’re a tool bro… stick to scooping and leave the rankings to others. That’s all 🙂

  10. Peter Griffin // October 10, 2017 at 7:03 pm //

    As a Ticat fan, I have nothing to say in response to this “unusual/silly” ranking!! Good night!

  11. 3rd and 1 // October 10, 2017 at 7:09 pm //

    The real question is why would Hamilton slide in the rankings when they went into Winnipeg and handed them smack down? The fact that Nichols left the game has no bearing on the outcome. Hamilton’s defence had Matt looking below average.
    Someone explain to me how a team slides in the ratings after beating the second place team in the league at home?

  12. Agree in regards to Hamilton, convincing win over Winnipeg and they drop 2 spots in the rankings?

    • Only reasons that I can possibly think of for the Ticats dropping are that they lost their kicker Sergio Castillo for the season due to injury and if Collaros doesn’t move by the trade deadline prompting a big whining fit in front of June Jones that he needs to start the remaining games to see if he can win one under the newly schemed offense.

      • Your comment shows that you know NOTHING about the kind of player and person Collaros is!

        However I have to agree with most of the above comments – doesn’t make sense that Ticats would drop one – let alone two – spots after defeating the #2 ranked team. NO ONE expected them to win that game while pretty much EVERYONE figured that EE would knock the larks out of the playoff picture.

  13. I have never seen the comments section so united.

  14. Don’t mess with the ti cat brother and sister hood ! Go cats on Friday take down the stamps and move to #1 in the rankings to be the best …beat the best

    • If Hamilton beat Calgary they may drop to #9.

      • Billinburlington // October 10, 2017 at 8:14 pm //

        Wrong! The Ticats would be ranked 10th. Then after a day the 3Down Power Ranking folks would issue an apology to the team for the error and put them back at 9th….

        Power Rankings are supposed to reflect recent play of the team- not their place in the standings.

  15. Please explain how this system works(logically) or consider going to work for breitbart?

  16. These power rankings having the Ticats dropping from #5 to #7 after a thorough beat down of the Bombers appears to be a mistake…

    Lets go to the Command Centre for video review… waiting…. waiting…. waiting…. waiting…. still waiting….

    Finally… the Command Centre has agreed with the ruling.

    The CFL just issued another apology to the Ticats because the Command Centre got it wrong again…

  17. Not that the rankings really mean anything, but I didn’t realize the CFL Command Centre assisted 3DN with determining them. 😛

  18. Hello everyone. I agree with these comments. I like Snake’s comment the best. Bravo Snake

  19. Paul Bomber // October 10, 2017 at 10:19 pm //

    Are these power rankings, or meant to reflect the odds of making the playoffs?

    • That’s what I think. The Cats chance of making the playoffs dropped due to Ottawa’s win, so their ranking dropped. Still don’t agree with them though. Maybe we can throw a challenge flag and get the results overturned?

  20. Just who is the clown that makes up these rankings…
    The Cats should be way higher.
    After they kick Calgary butt on Friday night…I suppose they will be dropped
    in the rankings again.
    What a joke..period.

  21. I don’t think anyone believes the Riders will pass Wpg in the standings. Wpg’s magic number (wins + Rider losses) to clinch second is 2. Considering that Wpg plays BC twice and Toronto once and SSK still has another game against Cgy, it ain’t gonna happen.

  22. winnipeg keeps its ranking as number 2 cuz they lost to a meaningless 4-10 team that wont make the playoffs anyway and took the game off, but there is no way sask beats winnipeg out for 2nd place, cuz sask has to win all its game and prays the bombers lose all of theirs, and neither is going to happen.

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