3Down Power Rankings: Riders make progress

Undefeated Edmonton and defeated many times Hamilton are both ranked accordingly.

Everything in between is where it gets fun.

Edmonton Eskimos wide receiver Vidal Hazelton (15) and wide receiver Brandon Zylstra (83) celebrate in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday July 28, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

1. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 1)

Even with more injuries piling up, Edmonton put together an impressive win against B.C. who entered on a four-game win streak of their own. It was tied at 20 and the Esks rolled off 17 straight points to take control and remain perfect.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats running back Mercer Timmis (27) and defensive back Dominique Ellis, right, chase Calgary Stampeders running back Roy Finch (14) in Calgary, Saturday, July 29, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

2. Calgary Stampeders (last week 3)

The Stamps absolutely dismantled a Ticats team that looked more like kitties at McMahon Stadium. Each unit (offence, defence and special teams) scored touchdowns for Calgary and Andrew Buckley looked sharp in the second half.

B.C. Lions defensive back Buddy Jackson (3) tries to block the catch by Edmonton Eskimos slotback D’haquille Williams (81) in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday July 28, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

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

The Lions couldn’t slow down Mike Reilly and the Eskimos red hot offence or keep up with them either. Travis Lulay guided B.C. to 10 quick points to begin the third quarter, but Edmonton dominated late in the game once again.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers celebrate a dramatic come from behind victory over the Montreal Alouettes during CFL football action in Winnipeg on Thursday, July 27, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan

4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 5)

Some Bomber fans found out about the improbable comeback while in their cars or on the way home, leaving the stadium early with Winnipeg down 12 and 1:40 left on the clock. Never leave a CFL game that’s within two scores.

5. Toronto Argonauts (last week 4)

If you stare at the rankings long enough maybe the Argos will change positions, likely drop lower like the Johnny Sears Jr. play that cost Toronto a chance to tie or win the contest in Regina.

Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Duron Carter (89) makes a one-handed grab for a touchdown in front of Toronto Argonauts defensive back Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (9) in Regina on Saturday, July 29, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

6. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 8)

Duron Carter’s remarkable backhanded, one-hand touchdown grab is still reverberating around, Saskatchewan, Canada and North America. That could very well end up being the catch of the year.

Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Trevor Harris (7) fumbles the ball as Toronto Argonauts defensive end Victor Butler (94) completes the tackle in Toronto, Monday, July 24, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

7. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 7)

Technically it was a bye week for Ottawa, but after the Redblacks did play two games in Week 5. That rest should serve a tired group well.

8. Montreal Alouettes (last week 6)

Darian Durant and the offence put up 40 points – Als best performance by far this season – but that effort was squandered in the final 100 seconds.

9. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 9)

After a 60-1 beatdown in Cowtown, Hamilton is left searching – desperately – for answers.

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