3Down Power Rankings: Too many at No. 2

Our power rankers are certain about two things after the regular season: Edmonton is the best team in the league at the moment and behind them, it’s as clear as mud.

The 3DownNation power rankings are built by having a number of our contributors, ordering the teams one through nine and allocating points for each ranking. This week we have a tie between three teams at No. 2 – a first this season.

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly runs the ball at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Saturday, November 4, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

1. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 1)

Five straight wins and three in a row over West Division foes to end the regular season make the Eskimos the No. 1 rated team headed into the post-season. Mike Reilly has become the favourite to win the CFL MOP award too.

Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Duron Carter looks on at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Saturday, November 4, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

2. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 2)

Chris Jones knew he would be on the road regardless of what happened in Week 20, so he rested some players in order to have his roster as healthy as possible for the playoffs. The Riders finished with matching home and away records (5-4, 5-4), three of those road wins came in the Eastern time zone.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Chris Givens, left, runs from Calgary Stampeders defenders in Calgary, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

2. Calgary Stampeders (last week 3)

The Stamps have been chasing it lately, losing three straight limping into the West Final. Bo Levi Mitchell and Jerome Messam need to get right for the one-and-done slate.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Dan LeFevour, left, throws the ball in Calgary, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 4)

Dan LeFevour was the definition of a game-manager in Winnipeg’s win over Calgary. The defence scored two touchdowns and offence held the ball for over 32 minutes as the Bombers clinched a home playoff game for the first time since 2011.

Toronto Argonauts’ Declan Cross, (left), celebrates with teammates following his touchdown at BC Place in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, November 4, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

5. Toronto Argonauts (last week 5)

The party was on for Toronto as the Argos clinched the East Division in emphatic fashion on the Left coast. It’s been a remarkable turnaround orchestrated by Jim Popp and Marc Trestman as the Argonauts will host their first playoff game at BMO Field.

Ottawa Redblacks wide receiver Diontae Spencer (85) runs the ball in Ottawa on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

6. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 6)

Diontae Spencer and the Redblacks rested for the final regular season week. Ottawa’s offence has been hot since Trevor Harris returned, which has spurred their late-season surge.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli (8) celebrates while crossing the line for his touchdown during second half CFL football action against the Montreal Alouettes, in Hamilton, Ont., on Friday, November 3, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

7. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 8) 

For what it’s worth Hamilton finished the season the strongest of any non-playoff team. Many questions and some concerns surround the Ticats.

Toronto Argonauts’ S.J. Green runs in for a touchdown as BC Lions’ T.J. Lee looks on at BC Place in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, November 4, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

8. B.C. Lions (last week 7)

If it was Wally Buono’s last game as head coach, the Lions didn’t seem to care as the team put forth a listless effort. A talented team wasted a season that could’ve been much different.

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

9. Montreal Alouettes (last week 9) 

The Als suffered a franchise-worst 11 straight losses to end the campaign. Finally, the Alouettes disastrous season has come to an end.

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17 Comments on 3Down Power Rankings: Too many at No. 2

  1. Stamps should have been lower. Based on recent results.
    1. Esks
    2. Bombers
    3. Riders
    4.Argos Redblacks Stamps

  2. Marc Lebut // November 6, 2017 at 3:04 pm //

    Alouettes should be at #11.

  3. Fact check. Riders won in Edmonton and Calgary. They did not beat Als in Montreal.

    • Tigers Coach // November 6, 2017 at 4:49 pm //

      Maybe they updated the article since you posted, but right now I don’t see anything saying that SSK won in MTL. It does say that SSK won three times in the Eastern time zone, which they did.

    • They lost the season opener in Montreal. Then won in Hamilton with Bridge starting. Then won in Ottawa and Toronto with Glen starting and Bridge coming in to relieve Glen.

  4. Scottsask // November 6, 2017 at 3:54 pm //

    That is indeed a fact.

  5. antoine lussier // November 6, 2017 at 3:59 pm //

    with all the talk about hot dogs, lost dogs, under dogs and LET’S NOT FORGET deputy dawg let’s all agree the teams have all started to look and sound like the dog getting beaten up by FOGHORN LEGHORN—“SO TOSS ME THE FOOTBALL SIS…..”

  6. Lancaster/Reed // November 6, 2017 at 10:15 pm //

    The only ranking positions that are 100% indisputable are edmonton at #1 and montreal at #9. The rest are all debateable.

  7. True green // November 6, 2017 at 11:05 pm //

    Three way tie for second is pretty generous to
    Riders and Stamps after the last 2 weeks. Bombers maybe. I think Argos should be up there. Clearly Esks are #1 and ALs #9.

    I’ve been firing off all week about how the Riders would beat Esks and stay in the west. Well I was dead wrong. Good luck to Bombers and Stamps,they’re going to need it.

  8. Imo the Eskimos best chance was going East. They didn’t beat Winnipeg in the regular season and that probably won’t change now, in Winnipeg, in front of a sold out crazy crowd. Eskimos and Stamps better hope Nichols isn’t 100% or Winnipeg most likely wins the West. Riders have swept Ottawa/Toronto the last 2 seasons when they’ve gone and stayed East for those 2 weeks. Ottawa will likely be a harder game for tge Riders than Toronto, since Ottawa has much more supportive fans and hosting motivation but Riders will be playing their A game and will win. A Toronto/Saskatchewan final would likely have as many Rider fans as Argos. Go Riders!

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