3Down Power Rankings: Snakes and ladders after Week 1

Week one of the CFL season produced some seismic shifts in the 3DownNation Power Rankings as some teams proved they’re a force to be reckoned with – hello, Edmonton – while others were exposed as potential pretenders – ahem, Hamilton. Each week, the contributors at 3DownNation submit their rankings for the nine CFL teams and the results are then tabulated to create this list.

Calgary Stampeders’ Marquay McDaniel (16) celebrates a conversion against the Ottawa Redblacks during first half CFL action in Ottawa on Friday, June 23, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

No. 1 Calgary Stampeders (last week 1)
The Stampeders were probably lucky to escape with a tie against Ottawa in the Grey Cup re-match and they certainly didn’t look like world-beaters for much of the game. Still, their performance was enough to hang on to the top spot.

Cheerleaders dance as the Ottawa Redblacks take to the field for their season opener again the Calgary Stampeders in Ottawa on Friday, June 23, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

No. 2 Ottawa Redblacks (last week 3)
The tie against Calgary bumps the Redblacks up a spot as Trevor Harris threw for an even 300 yards and two touchdown passes.

Edmonton Eskimos’ Sean Whyte leaves the field after kicking the winning field goal against the B.C. Lions during the second half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, June 24, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

No. 3 Edmonton Eskimos (last week 6)
Taking down the pre-season darlings in B.C. – on the road, no less – earns the Eskimos a big bump and receiver Duke Williams a bunch of fantasy followers. The big question: how much will the loss of linebacker J.C. Sherritt, likely done for the year with an Achilles, hurt in the long-term.

Toronto Argonauts fans celebrate at the end of their win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in CFL action in Toronto on Sunday, June 25, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

No. 4 Toronto Argonauts (last week 7)
The Argos jump three spots after dominating Hamilton at home. Quarterback Ricky Ray sets a career-high in passing yards and it’s clear the Boatmen are drinking the Marc Trestman-brewed Kool-Aid all the way down.

B.C. Lions’ quarterback Jonathon Jennings, front, is sacked by Edmonton Eskimos’ Adam Konar during the second half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, June 24, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

No. 5 B.C. Lions (last week 2)
Wally Buono’s boys take a dip after giving up a late lead at home to the Eskimos.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Justin Medlock pumps his fist after kicking the winning field goal during the second half of a CFL football game against the B.C. Lions in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday October 14, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

No. 6 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 4)
The bye-week can be cruel from a power rankings perspective: the Bombers fall two spots without playing a down.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Darian Durant fires a pass as they face the Saskatchewan Roughriders during first quarter CFL football action in Montreal on Thursday, June 22, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

No. 7 Montreal Alouettes (last week 8)
A home victory, courtesy the Football Gods, earns the Als some measure of respect… but not much.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Zach Collaros gets flushed out of the pocket against the Toronto Argonauts in CFL action in Toronto on Sunday, June 25, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

No. 8 Hamilton Tiger-Cats  (last week 5)
The Ticats take the elevator shaft down three spots after getting destroyed by Toronto. A one-game aberration or a sign of something more troubling?

Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Duron Carter fumbles the ball as he is tackled by Montreal Alouettes defensive back Jonathon Mincy, left, during first quarter CFL football action in Montreal on Thursday, June 22, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

No. 9 Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 9)
Tyler Crapigna’s miss keeps the Riders in the basement, at least for now.

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