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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. 7 Montreal Alouettes (last week 8)
A home victory, courtesy the Football Gods, earns the Als some measure of respect… but not much.
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?
No. 9 Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 9)
Tyler Crapigna’s miss keeps the Riders in the basement, at least for now.