While there was a little bit of movement in the middle of the table, it was the Shocker in Saskatchewan that has caused the bottom of our Power Rankings to take on a decidedly different look.
The Montreal Alouettes beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 23-15 on Saturday night to snap a 13-game losing streak and remove themselves from the No. 9 spot in the rankings for the first time since last September.
Also of note: the East Division went a perfectly respectable 2-1 last week in inter-divisional games narrowing the advantage held by the West to 6-4.
Let’s have a look at those rankings…
1. Calgary Stampeders (Previous ranking: 1)
It wasn’t a dominant performance but the Stamps’ 24-14 win over Ottawa was more than enough to keep them in the top spot with all the first place votes. They enjoy a bye this week.
2. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Previous ranking: 2)
A two-touchdown beatdown of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers proved that Hamilton’s win over the Eskimos was no fluke and cemented the team’s hold on the No. 2 spot. The Ticats are in Regina this week, the first half of a home-and-home.
3. Edmonton Eskimos (Previous ranking: 4)
The Esks looked shaky early but went on to dominate the B.C. Lions and jump up one spot. They are on the road in Toronto on Saturday.
4. Ottawa Redblacks (Previous ranking: 3)
Ottawa falls one spot after the loss to Calgary and will have to take care of business in Montreal on Friday to prevent a further slide.
5. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Previous ranking: 5)
The Bombers didn’t look good against Hamilton but hold their spot in the rankings largely because everyone else looked worse.
6. B.C. Lions (Previous ranking: 7)
The Lions drop a spot after a lacklustre performance against Edmonton. Tough test in Winnipeg awaits on Saturday.
7. Toronto Argonauts (Previous ranking: 8)
The Argos jump a spot despite being on a bye and having lost by 30-plus in Week 2 because…
8. Montreal Alouettes (Previous ranking: 9)
The Alouettes move out of the last spot despite looking anything but dominant against Saskatchewan. But a win is a win.
9. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Previous ranking: 6)
The Riders have gone from No. 3 to No. 9 in three short weeks courtesy of two dispiriting losses. The home defeat at the hands of the previously hapless Montreal Alouettes was enough to earn them all seven last-place votes. They get Hamilton at home this week.