3Down Power Rankings: Riders are the new basement tenant

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…

Calgary Stampeders’ Kamar Jorden, scores a touchdown during second half CFL football action against the Ottawa Redblacks in Calgary, Thursday, June 28, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

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.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Brandon Banks (16) tries to fend off Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Maurice Leggett (31) during first quarter CFL game action in Hamilton, Ontario on Friday, June 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

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.

Edmonton Eskimos Kenny Stafford (8) and Natey Adjei (3) celebrate a touchdown against the B.C. Lions during first half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday June 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

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.

Ottawa Redblacks’ Diontae Spencer, left, is tackled by Calgary Stampeders’ Charlie Power during first quarter CFL football action in Calgary, Thursday, June 28, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

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.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Chris Streveler (17) is stalked by Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive end Julian Howsare (95) during first quarter CFL game action in Hamilton, Ontario on Friday, June 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

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.

B.C. Lions Jeremiah Johnson (24) celebrates a touchdown against the Edmonton Eskimos during first half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday June 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

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.

Toronto Argonauts quarterback James Franklin (2) prepares to make a throw during the second half of CFL football game action against the Calgary Stampeders at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday June 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

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.

Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Brandon Bridge directs traffic during first half CFL action against the Montreal Alouettes at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Saturday, June 30, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

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.

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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73 Comments on 3Down Power Rankings: Riders are the new basement tenant

  1. TigersCoach // July 2, 2018 at 3:47 pm //

    Kudos the the 3DN writers for putting together these admittedly meaningless rankings based on what’s actually happening in the games. All too often folks put distorted power rankings out there based on last season or some other preconceived ideas. This seems to dismiss all that and rank based on the actual on field play.

    So congrats at being good at meaningless rankings. That’s not meant to be a dig in any way, shape or form. These are fun! They’re more fun when you do it like you guys have.

  2. Well if Masoli and crew can build them up enough of a cushion maybe all the JF Fanboys can get to see him come in and have a go at the Riders. Can’t wait for Thursday night. Oskee Wee Wee

  3. I can’t believe the Esks have finally moved down a spot. I was wondering how many games the Esks were going to have to lose before the 3Down love interest lost its shine.
    Good for the Cats, I can’t disagree with the top two rankings but the Esks are still floating by on “expectations”.
    Don’t like to see the Riders in last spot but at the same time can’t argue the position. Looks good on Jones though. This is where the Riders are BEFORE the inevitable injuries start to bite. Yikes!!

  4. True Green // July 2, 2018 at 4:08 pm //

    As disappointing as my Riders are, I agree with these positions and I’m happy to see the East holding their own this year!

  5. I’m glad the 0-2 Argos moved up on a bye

  6. Hmm … Argos lost to Saskatoon, but are two spots ahead, two weeks later …

  7. Steve Oli // July 2, 2018 at 4:37 pm //

    Fire Coach Austin, where has he been? Already fired? Fire him again. Good Luck Kent. Hamilton Ticats rebuilding after all the damage yiu did to the team.

  8. The riders signed a very very long term lease for the basement suite.

    • Kind of like you in mommy’s basement. How were the Cheetos?

    • Can’t all live in mom’s basement for free like you

      • Stampeding // July 2, 2018 at 5:45 pm //

        What to you say?????? I’m sorry Stamp fans cannot hear rider fans from way up here! You’ll have to speak louder!
        Maybe we’ll invite you up for dinner one day so you can see what the top is like!

        • Red&White Forever // July 3, 2018 at 1:17 pm //

          Please do not include “Stamps Fans” on any of your posts. You do not speak for me, or represent Stamp fans in any way. You are on Troll island all by yourself. Have fun.

      • Historic McMahon // July 2, 2018 at 11:21 pm //

        Awesome watching you get owned yup

    • True Green // July 2, 2018 at 7:48 pm //

      The only thing the Riders rent is free room on your head

  9. Just saying // July 2, 2018 at 5:15 pm //

    9th Very much deserved!

  10. Lions moved UP a spot, not Down. It ain’t much but given this team, we’ll take it

    • When you’ve sunk as low as the lowly Lions there is only one way to go…and thats up…LOL!!!

      BTW, now there is only one way for the Riders to go…and thats up too (hopefully not at the expense of the Lions).

      It looks like the Riders, Alouettes, and the Lions will be fighting it out all season for the privilege of dwelling in the basement of the weekly Power Rankings.

  11. Lions Lifer // July 2, 2018 at 5:18 pm //

    Onward and upwards

  12. Lions Lifer // July 2, 2018 at 5:19 pm //

    Onward and upwards

  13. Sigh.. Long season in Riderville? Interesting to see how long Reynolds puts up with this dumpster fire. Might have to hitch up to the TiCat wagon. Lol

  14. Did you all see this new corner Jones signed?
    Drug charges, theft, DV….. wow!

    • You wouldn’t know if McMahon collapsed because you are too buried in Rider news

    • MR. Green // July 2, 2018 at 7:35 pm //

      Charges were dropped son. He was found innocent. Research before you talk. Your social skills are very poor. I can tell by reading. Your not funny and speak like someone with no conversation skills sometimes. I’ve tried to talk with you fairly at times, but you act like a social degenerate. You’re not mentally ill, just pathetic.

      • lolol
        Yet the fact charges were dropped, didn’t seem to matter when we were talking about Tommy Campbell last year son !

        “but you act like a social degenerate. You’re not mentally ill, just pathetic.”
        Wow and you say I have poor social skills!

  15. BomberDon // July 2, 2018 at 6:19 pm //

    Toronto should be in the basement. Yes, Sask has issues, but they beat the Argos – who are now without their starting QB. I can’t think of a single argument for putting the Argos in 7th place.

    • 2 of the 3 rider games were against weak team
      The Argos had the play the Stampeders
      enough said.
      Head to head competition means nothing in the power rankings. They are far more comprehensive than other measures.

    • Red&White Forever // July 3, 2018 at 1:20 pm //

      Loss to Riders < Loss to Alouettes.

  16. waveman // July 2, 2018 at 7:33 pm //

    after all this time of meaningless power rankings drew, you still can’t get it right!
    cal
    ham
    edm
    win
    ott
    bc
    sask
    mont
    tor

  17. MR. Green // July 2, 2018 at 7:41 pm //

    Power rankings mean nothing, last week means nothing. Championships are not won on power rankings or 3 weeks in. Can’t lose or win a golf tournament on Thursday. People get to excited on here over one game.

  18. argos are winless. they should be and are bottom feeders
    number 9 people

  19. Outwest // July 2, 2018 at 8:08 pm //

    Nice to see the Riders firmly in their familiar and favourite spot lol,,, losers. But they do have the best CB in the league, just ask him.

  20. Rider Fan // July 2, 2018 at 9:12 pm //

    The riders deserve to be last. After the game they played so be it. The troll yiping about rider players need to be kicked off of here. This article is about rankings. Calgary Edmonton Hamilton Ottawa Winnipeg bc Toronto sask last. If the moderator does not get a hold of this troll he will spoil this site

  21. Stamps have been winning but look very dodgy doing it. Not sure they deserve first.

    • Stampeding // July 2, 2018 at 11:05 pm //

      Fine. If not Calgary, who?

    • Red&White Forever // July 3, 2018 at 1:26 pm //

      Ok, I see your point, and I agree, other than smashing Toronto, they haven’t been that convincing despite being undefeated so far. So who out of the other teams deserves first? Hamilton? The Stamps already beat them. Edmonton? Lost at home to a Hamilton team the Stamps already beat. Ottawa? The Stamps have beaten them too. So who should be in first and why?

  22. Mickey mouse Sask r where they belong Carter should be on offense Messam should be starting and the wosrt signing in Collaros Jones should be fired no one else wanted Collaros he’s done injury prone throws pick 6 every game hangs on to ball too long they run Willie out of town he comes back and beats them Sliders will eliminated from the playoffs by week 9 or 10 long season ahead for sliders and the stumps will fall in rankings after cats win back to back against the sliders m I c k e y m o u s e yup yup yup

    • It’s nice that your folks let you stay up during summer holidays, but maybe they should have locked the liquor up.

      • My parents tried to leave me behind in a liquor store, and dept store, and ….well everywhere as I’m the whiniest POS ever.

  23. greenrider89 // July 3, 2018 at 12:43 am //

    I will not argue with the naysayers (or anti-Rider establishment) over their catcalls on the blogs to a degree. With the decisions Chris Jones has made since the start of this year, I would agree that the Roughriders should be at or near the basement. It absolutely defies logic that one would pay defensive linemen exorbitant amounts of green flatbacks, yet rush three linemen for nearly three quarters against Ottawa. And Duron Carter, having been paid nearly the largest, if not largest salary a receiver would receive in the league, yet he continues to play at the cornerback position remains totally puzzling to moi. Obviously, the whiz manager that Saskatchewan carries on the Rider payroll knows something that most of us don’t (at least, we, the Rider faithful hope). I’m not throwing the 2018 season in the garbage yet for the green and white but positive results better start showing up soon or Mr. Jones will soon start receiving exorbitant amounts of boos from the Rider faithful. At this time, I agree with the above post as the Riders ninth overall.

  24. Former Rider fan // July 3, 2018 at 12:57 am //

    Riders last. What did you expect? They are the worst managed team in the league. Jones signed a new QB Jeremy Johnson on June 28th and released him on July 2nd. Doesn’t say much for his scouting and recruiting system. Or rather, it says a whole bunch.

  25. Philski // July 3, 2018 at 2:38 am //

    Something wrong here…Argos are 3 spots higher than they should be.

  26. waveman // July 3, 2018 at 7:43 am //

    the spec and chch know so little about the cfl its embarrassing!

  27. Pennyrocker // July 3, 2018 at 12:58 pm //

    Under Chris Jones that is where the Riders belong. It only took him a little over 2 years to reach his goal and build a bottom feeder.

  28. Chris Jones is the cfl’s version of Marc Bergevin. just a terrible gm.

  29. Tiger man // July 4, 2018 at 10:38 am //

    And they deserve to the there….

  30. Tiger man // July 4, 2018 at 10:40 am //

    And they deserve to be there….

  31. Riders are awful but I’m worse.

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