3Down Power Rankings: Movement in the basement

In the deepest depths of the 3DownNation Power Rankings there is a new inhabitant.

Saskatchewan’s first win at new Mosaic Stadium has them on the rise while Toronto’s second-half surge in the nation’s capital has them moving on up. And a bye week didn’t hurt Edmonton at all as 3Down voters clearly respect the Eskimos 2-0 start.

1. Calgary Stampeders (last week 1)

Devone Claybrooks finally saw a strong performance from his defensive unit. Maleki Harris’ interception returned for a touchdown highlighted that effort.

2. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 2)

Even though it was an idle week in the City of Champions, Jason Maas’ group held onto the second spot. Life after John White begins but that might be an oddly good omen – Edmonton won a Grey Cup in 2015 when he was sidelined by injury for the season.

3. B.C. Lions (last week 3)

Solomon Elimimian racked up 15 tackles to set a new Lions single game record. B.C.’s ‘D’ held them in the game long enough and the offence came through with a late-game touchdown for the victory.

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray (15). THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

4. Toronto Argonauts (last week 6)

The Argos used a bouncing ball defensive touchdown, Ricky Ray’s 300th career touchdown pass and alertly recovered a quick kick to come away with a road triumph. Talk about finding different ways to get it done.

5. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 5)

Over 30,000 fans came out to IGF but went away disappointed as the Bombers bombed. Matt Nichols two interceptions really hurt Winnipeg.

6. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 4)

After a first half in which the Redblacks controlled the game, Ottawa looked like a much different team in the final 30 minutes with their own mistakes getting them beat.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Darian Durant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

7. Montreal Alouettes (last week 7)

Darian Durant and the offence remain the focus in La Belle Province for the lack of productivity on the scoreboard. Montreal’s defence has been fine without Bear Woods.

8. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 9)

When your quarterback is handing out game balls and bringing his kids to the podium post-game, you know it’s a good night.

Ticats Kent Austin. John Rennison, The Hamilton Spectator

9. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 8)

Concern around the Ticats is growing and for that reason, Hamiton tumbles to the basement in our rankings.