3Down Power Rankings: Riders rollin’ on up

Saskatchewan’s empathic road win has shaken up 3DownNation’s rankings.

The Riders ran out to a 40-7 advantage against Edmonton in a statement 54-31 victory. Chris Jones and his defence held Mike Reilly without a touchdown pass for the first time in a while.

There’s one other team that made a leap up.

Toronto Argonauts’ quarterback Ricky Ray, left, is sacked by Calgary Stampeders’ Tommie Campbell, and Ja’Gared Davis during first half CFL football action in Calgary, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

1. Calgary Stampeders (last week 1)

Calgary’s defence smothered Ricky Ray and the Argos, pitching a shutout when they were on the field.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Justin Medlock, right, celebrates with teammate Matt Coates after kicking the winning field goal against the Montreal Alouettes during overtime in CFL football action Thursday, August 24, 2017 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 2)

Chris Randle made an interception – the pivotal play – on Montreal’s possession to start the second overtime and Justin Medlock hit the game-winning field goal as Winnipeg earned a hard fought road win.

Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Willie Jefferson (7) celebrates the blocked kick against the Edmonton Eskimos during first half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday August 25, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

3. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 6)

The Riders flexed on Edmonton. Back to .500 and ascending are the Riders.

Edmonton Eskimos’ Hugh O’Neill (70) reacts to a play against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during second half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday August 25, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

4. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 3)

Two straight losses are disappointing, but the last one was the worst, especially with it being in front of the largest crowd at Commonwealth in a long time.

Ottawa Redblacks’ Brad Sinopoli (88) tries to make his way past B.C. Lions’ Tony Burnett (26) and Chandler Fenner (39) during the first half of a CFL football game in Ottawa on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

5. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 8)

Ottawa put together their best effort this season in Week 10. And just like that, the Redblacks are in the East Division title race.

B.C. Lions’ quarterback Jonathon Jennings (10) throws the ball as Ottawa Redblacks’ Jean-Philippe Bolduc (20) and Jonathan Newsome (43) defend during the first half of a CFL football game in Ottawa on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

6. B.C. Lions (last week 4)

For a third consecutive outing, Jon Jennings struggled and, for now, it’s cost him the starting job with the Lions. 5-5 is not where B.C. felt they would be through 10 weeks.

TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 19 – Ricky Ray of the Toronto Argonauts during the first half of CFL action as the Toronto Argonauts host the Montreal Alouettes at BMO field on August 19, 2017.
Ricky Ray is now the franchise leader in passing touchdowns. Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star

7. Toronto Argonauts (last week 5)

Any momentum created by the 35-point half against Montreal was immediately halted in Calgary. Toronto can handle East teams, West is compeltely different.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Darian Durant releases the ball as he is tackled by Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive tackle Drake Nevis during second quarter CFL football action Thursday, August 24, 2017 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

8. Montreal Alouettes (last week 7)

Credit Montreal for fighting back to force overtime, but it was thrown away – literally – by Darian Durant.

2 BEST PHOTO_ Hamilton, Ontario, Aug 12, 2017- Tiger Cats head coach Kent Austin looks dejected as he leaves the field following another loss for his team Saturday at Tim Hortons Field. Winnipeg won the game 39-12. Cathie Coward / Hamilton Spectator

9. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 9)

Kent Austin decided to hang up the headset during Hamilton’s bye week. It’s June Jones’ show now.

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