3Down Power Rankings: New basement dweller; Ticats on the rise

There is a new team that finds themselves in the outhouse of 3DownNation’s Power Rankings. For the first time all season, there is a team that’s tumbled all the way past the Ticats.

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell (19) passes during first half CFL action against the Edmonton Eskimos in Edmonton, Alta., on Saturday September 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Amber Bracken

1. Calgary Stampeders (last week 1)

Bo Levi Mithell’s last-minute touchdown pass to Marquay McDaniel got the Stamps a hard fought road win at Commonwealth. Calgary has created a gap at the top of the West.

Malik Leggett, 9, holds the Banjo Bowl trophy as his dad, Moe Leggett (31), Jamaal Westerman (55) and Shayon Green, all look on after the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders during CFL football action in Winnipeg, Saturday, September 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan

2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 3)

Mo Leggett was rockin’ out in the Banjo Bowl, two touchdowns, one on a punt return and another via interception. Those put the Bombers ahead and sealed the game.

3. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 5)

Edmonton lost a headset and crucial game with Calgary. Head coach Jason Maas was clearly frustrated when addressing the media post-game. Streak have defined the Eskimos season, seven straight wins to start and four losses in a row since.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris (33) and Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Kacy Rodgers III battle to recover a fumble during the second half of CFL football action in Winnipeg, Saturday, September 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan

4. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 2)

The Riders came crashing back down to reality and slid down our rankings in the process. Turnovers and poor special teams play led to the green and white having their winning streak snapped.

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

Travis Lulay was likely lost for the season with a major knee injury – big blow. B.C. needs to see better play for Jon Jennings to get back in the mix out West, and possibly find an experienced backup.

Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Trevor Harris (7) gets tackled by Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ Coleman Davon (0) during the first half of a CFL football game in Ottawa on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

6. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 4)

Trevor Harris got hurt and the Redblacks couldn’t come all the way back after he left the game. Missed opportunity for Ottawa to win the season series against Hamilton. Harris out for a “matter of weeks” could see them slide further.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach June Jones looks on. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

7. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 9)

The Ticats improved to 2-0 under new head coach Junes Jones. Players on the Tabbies seem to be responding to his message very well. There’s more of a chance Hamilton could challenge for a playoff spot, thanks to the weak East.

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray (15) throws while being pressured by Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive end Justin Capicciotti (94). THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

8. Toronto Argonauts (last week 7)

Defensive back Mitchell White has been added which was much needed in the Argos secondary. If Victor Butler can return to his early season form with Shawn Lemon on the other end, Toronto’s defence can improve in a hurry.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Darian Durant (4). THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

9. Montreal Alouettes (last week 8)

Montreal’s ineptitude on offence has been stunning considering the playmakers added in the off-season, Darian Durant at quarterback and Ernest Jackson receiver. Jacques Chapdelaine needs to find some answers.

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