3Down Power Rankings: Bombers, Riders on the move

Winnipeg and Saskatchewan produced decisive wins in Week 8.

That’s shaken up the 3DownNation Power Rankings.

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly (13) passes against the Ottawa Redblacks in Ottawa, Thursday, Aug.10, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers receiver Julian Feoli-Gudino, left, celebrates his touchdown against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with teammate Darvin Adams in first-half CFL action in Hamilton, Ont., Saturday, August 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Lynett

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.

B.C. Lions head coach Wally Buono, left, takes the field before first half CFL action against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, in Regina on Sunday, August 13, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

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.

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Cody Fajardo, centre, is tackled by Montreal Alouettes’ John Bowman (7) and Kyries Hebert during second half CFL football action in Montreal, Friday, August 11, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

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.

Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Cameron Marshall (32) celebrates a touchdown during first half CFL action against the B.C. Lions, in Regina on Sunday, August 13, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

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.

Toronto Argonauts head coach Marc Trestman looks on during first half CFL football action against the Montreal Alouettes in Montreal, Friday, August 11, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

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.

New Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive coordinator Phillip Lolley, right, and head coach Kent Austin, watch a play develop against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Hamilton, Ont., Saturday, August 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Lynett

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.

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