3Down Power Rankings: Stampeders and the field

Labour Day weekend showed everyone there is a real unpredictability in the CFL this season, except for Calgary.

The Stampeders put on an impressive display against Edmonton. Hamilton got their first win of the season, few picked the Ticats to win. Saskatchewan dismantled a Bombers squad that was flying high. Montreal continues to be an enigma, but perhaps trending in the wrong way.

Let’s see how that affected the rankings.

Calgary Stampeders’ Anthony Parker, left, celebrates his touchdown with teammate Ucambre Williams during first half CFL football action against the Edmonton Eskimos in Calgary, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

1. Calgary Stampeders (last week 1)

Calgary stormed out to a 36-6 lead through three quarters on a picturesque day in Cowntown. Bo Levi Mitchell hit 10 different receivers and Alex Singleton made 13 tackles to lead their respective sides of the ball.

Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., left, celebrates a touchdown during first half CFL action against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, in Regina on Sunday, September 3, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

2. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 3)

There was a lot of dancing and celebrating in Regina as the Riders put on a show for green and white faithful on Labour Day weekend Sunday. Gainer’s head almost got pulled off. It was quite a day at Mosaic.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea reacts after a call. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

3. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 2)

Mike Oshea’s group ran into a buzzsaw in Regina. The Riders were rolling, pilsners were flowing in the stands and that was not an ideal combination for the Bombers.

Ottawa Redblacks wide receiver Brad Sinopoli tries to get by Montreal Alouettes defensive back Tyree Hollins during first quarter CFL football action Thursday, August 31, 2017 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

4. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 5)

Ottawa might just have asserted themselves as the favourite in the East Division with a decisive win in Montreal – a tough stadium to go into and win.

5. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 4)

Mike Reilly took a beating all day long. Edmonton has to protect their franchise pivot better in the stretch run.

B.C. Lions’ head coach Wally Buono gestures on the sideline during the second half of a CFL football game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday August 5, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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

The Leos enjoyed a week off, but that saw them sink to the bottom of the West Division standings.

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray (15) throws while being pressured by Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive end Justin Capicciotti (94) during first half CFL football action in Hamilton, Ont., on Monday, September 4, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

7. Toronto Argonauts (last week 5)

Ricky Ray struggled once again with the Argos on Labour Day. The holiday Monday has not treated them well of late.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Darian Durant runs with the ball as they face the Ottawa Redblacks during second quarter CFL football action Thursday, August 31, 2017 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

8. Montreal Alouettes (last week 8)

Darian Durant got benched in a poor offensive outing for Montreal. Noel Thorpe’s defence can only be strong for so long with the amount of snaps they’ve been playing lately.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Brian Tyms (2) checks out the field during a weather delay during first half CFL football action against the Toronto Argonauts, in Hamilton, Ont., on Monday, September 4, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

9. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 9)

Lightning struck finally for Hamilton as the Ticats finally recorded their first win of the season. Hope – little as it may be – remains because of the Tabbies residing in the East Division.




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