3Down Power Rankings: The Rise of the West Division

This week’s power rankings sees West Division teams hold four of the top five spots, a product of going 3-0 against their East counterparts in Week 2. The Stamps retain top spot but the 2-0 Eskimos are starting to get some love from the 3DownNation voters whose weekly rankings compromise this list. And yes, the Riders are still last but they’ll get a chance to extricate themselves from the basement when they play the No. 8-ranked Ticats on Saturday.

Calgary Stampeders’ Jamar Jorden celebrates his touchdown catch during first quarter CFL action against the Ottawa Redblacks, in Calgary, Thursday, June 29, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Ridewood

No. 1 Calgary Stampeders (last week 1)
The Stamps still don’t look like the world-beaters they were last season but a convincing win against the defending Grey Cup champs was enough to keep them in top spot.

No. 2 Edmonton Eskimos (last week 3)
At 2-0, the Eskimos have looked like the CFL’s most complete team thus far. But after losing linebacker J.C. Sherritt to injury in Week 1, Edmonton saw running back John White go down with a knee injury. How many hits can they take?

BC Lions quarterback Jonathon Jennings looks to make a play during first half CFL football action against the Toronto Argonauts, in Toronto on Friday, June 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

No. 3 B.C. Lions (last week 5)
A solid road win against the Toronto Argonauts has returned the Lions to the No. 3-ranking they held to start the season.

Ottawa Redblacks’ Josh Stangby (87) flips the football back to his quarterback in first quarter CFL action against the Calgary Stampeders, in Calgary, Thursday, June 29, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Ridewood

No. 4 Ottawa Redblacks (last week 2)
The Redblacks haven’t won a game this season but are still the top-ranked East Division team. Their entertaining re-match of the re-match against Calgary earned them style points.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols throws the ball during first half CFL action at the brand new Mosaic Stadium against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, in Regina on Saturday, July 1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

No. 5 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 6)
Winning against the Riders in overtime to open new Mosaic Stadium means the Bombers fended off a green and white tidal wave.

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray, left, is sacked by BC Lions’ Bryant Turner Jr. during first half CFL football action in Toronto on Friday, June 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

No. 6 Toronto Argonauts (last week 4)

The boatmen hit some choppy waters after smooth sailing in Week 1. That said, Toronto did have a fourth quarter lead, but it was squandered.


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 7)

If Darian Durant could’ve produced a little more offence, the Als likely would’ve pulled off an upset.

Toronto Argonauts slotback S.J. Green hauls in a pass against Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Simoni Lawrence (21) in CFL action in Toronto on Sunday, June 25, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

No. 8 Hamilton Tiger-Cats  (last week 8)

Ticats spent the bye week licking wounds and making adjustments for a trip to Riderville in Week 3.

No. 9 Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 9)

There is much more wrong with the Riders than a kicker missing potential game-winning kicks. Counting would be a rudimentary place to start.