Winnipeg and Saskatchewan produced decisive wins in Week 8.
That’s shaken up the 3DownNation Power Rankings.
1. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 1)
Mike Reilly and his crew continued to dominate in the fourth quarter. Over their last four games, Edmonton has outscored opponents 47-16 in the final frame. The Eskimos have been impressive, especially in crunch time.
2. Calgary Stampeders (last week 2)
All that slowed down Dave Dickenson’s offence was a bye week. That was beneficial time off for Bo Levi Mitchell who is playing through a painful injury.
3. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 4)
After trouncing the Tabbies, Winnipeg welcomes Edmonton to town in Week 9. The same Eskimos team that needed final minute plays to beat Hamilton home and away. The Bombers could really take flight.
4. B.C. Lions (last week 3)
Hall of Fame head coach Wally Buono sensed his team wasn’t interested in the locker before taking the field at Mosaic Stadium. He sensed what was about to happen. That loss could be costly in the West Division race.
5. Montreal Alouettes (last week 6)
Despite the victory over Toronto, Als receivers Nik Lewis felt his squad ‘played like crap’. Yet, Montreal is leading the East.
6. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 8)
New Mosaic Stadium brings out a different Rider team – 156 of their 197 points scored on the season have come in four homes games. That statement victory was crucial for Chris Jones’ group to show they can compete with the West’s best.
7. Toronto Argonauts (last week 5)
Ricky Ray watch will be on in full effect once again because Cody Fajardo and Jeff Mathews combined for 142 passing yards against Montreal. Ray has done that in one quarter at times this season.
8. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 7)
Another close contest, another loss for Ottawa. The desperation bowl is set for Hamilton on Friday.
9. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 9)
Just like the looks on Kent Austin and Phillip Lolley, there’s lots of concern in the Hammer. New schemes on offence and defence will require some getting used to, but time is not a luxury the Ticats have at this point.