3Down Power Rankings: Rising Boatmen

Four of five games in Week 5 were decided by one score, an indicator of how nip and tuck the league has been to start the season.

That’s reflected in our power rankings with a couple spots decided by the difference of one point. One perfect team and one 0-fer makes it easy to select one and nine, but the rest of the pack is tight.

Edmonton Eskimos linebacker Kenny Ladler (37) celebrate in Hamilton, Ont., on Thursday, July 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

1. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 1)

Captain Mike Reilly led a last-minute touchdown drive while Kenny Ladler made the game-clinching interception as Edmonton pushed their season-opening winning run to four games.

2. B.C. Lions (last week 2)

The Leos rolled off 21 points in the fourth quarter to come back from 15 points down and win their fourth in a row. Travis Lulay threw for 400 yards once again and proved what he did against Hamilton was no fluke. As Wally Buono inferred, B.C. has two starting-calibre quarterbacks.

Calgary Stampeders’ Jerome Messam, left, muscles past Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Sam Williams, centre, and Henoc Muamba in Calgary, Ab. on Saturday July 22, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

3. Calgary Stampeders (last week 3)

Claims about Jerome Messam’s demise were greatly exaggerated. A career-high 28 carries for 135 yards from the Canadian back along with three (should be four) sacks from Charleston Hughes paced the Stamps to a dominant victory.

Toronto Argonauts running back Anthony Coombs (1) celebrates his touchdown against the Ottawa Redblacks, in Toronto, Monday, July 24, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

4. Toronto Argonauts (last week 5)

Even though the Argos couldn’t pick up inches to possibly seal the game, Toronto rebounded and Ricky Ray led a drive to put his team well within winning field goal range. Marc Trestman has the Argos tide rising.

B.C. Lions’ Chris Rainey, centre, is tackled by Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Mike Miller, top, and Thomas Miles while returning a kickoff in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday July 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

5. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 4)

The Bombers have to be smarting after blowing a second consecutive double digit lead at B.C. Place. Mike O’Shea’s special teams tactics gained Winnipeg a touchdown, but cost them one as well.

Montreal Alouettes wide receiver B.J. Cunningham (85) makes a catch in front of Ottawa Redblacks defensive back Imoan Claiborne (19) in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

6. Montreal Alouettes (last week 6)

Two fumbles plus two interceptions and a poor late-game spot did the Als in during Week 5. A questionable review and reversed decision on Antoine Pruneau’s end zone interception didn’t help either. Besides all that Montreal had their chances to win.

Ottawa Redblacks wide receiver Dominique Rhymes (89) is tackled by Montreal Alouettes defensive back Jonathon Mincy (29) in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

7. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 7)

Despite a victory over Montreal, 3Down rankers have the Als one spot ahead of the Redblacks. Even with four games in 17 days Ottawa made a late-game push at BMO Field but couldn’t quite finish. Redblacks losses have come by 4, 1, 2 and 3 points. Razor thin margins.

Football fans joke around at McMahon Stadium before a CFL game between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Calgary Stampeders in Calgary on Saturday July 22, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

8. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 8)

A much more energetic effort was expected from the Riders considering they were coming off a bye. The first half against Calgary saw Chris Jones’ bunch get thoroughly dominated. Reality check for the Riders.

Hamilton, July 20, 2017 – Ti-Cat WR Mike Jones looks for some breathing space in Edmonton territory. CFL game action Edmonton Eskimos vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats Tim Hortons Field. PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator.

9. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 9)

The Tabbies nearly pulled off an upset, but instead, the tension rises in Hamilton.

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