Oh, what a difference one loss makes.
Edmonton was defeated for the first time in 2017 and that’s caused 3Down rankers to put not one, but two teams ahead of the Eskimos – both of which have accumulated a smaller amount of points season to date.
1. Calgary Stampeders (last week 2)
The Stamps sucked the air out of B.C. fans by running their record to 15-0 off bye weeks since 2005. Led by linebacker Alex Singleton the defence created four turnovers. Calgary’s hit their mid-season stride.
2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 3)
When big men are jumping – or trying to – into the stands the celebrations are real. Those offensive linemen are a key factor why Matt Nichols and Andrew Harris should be firmly in the MOP conversation nearing the halfway point in the season.
3. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 1)
With injuries piling up at a ridiculous rate, Edmonton was bound to lose at some point. Mike Reilly and the offence had a slow start and could not come all the way back.
4. B.C. Lions (last week 4)
Two straight losses for Wally Buono’s crew has some pundits questioning whether or not the Lions read all the pre-season press clippings about being sexy Grey Cup picks.
5. Toronto Argonauts (last week 7)
The Argos flexed on Montreal, especially in the first half when Toronto ran out to a 35-0 advantage. It cannot be understated: Rick Ray must stay upright and healthy for the Argos to have a chance to contend this season.
6. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 6)
Chris Jones and company enjoyed another bye week off a win and continued to tweak the roster by adding quarterback Vernon Adams via trade and putting running back Trent Richardson on the neg list.
7. Montreal Alouettes (last week 5)
Just when it seemed as though Montreal could take control of the East Division, the Als fell flat on their beaks. 93 yards passing from Darian Durant was pathetic.
8. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 8)
Ottawa rolled off 25 straight points to secure win No. 2 on the season. Trevor Harris and Greg Ellingson continue to show they’re a dynamic duo.
9. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 9)
Hamilton fans are scared to watch the on-field product (horror show). But because the East is a turtle race they’re only six points out of playoff spot.