One riser and faller highlight the 3Down Power Rankings.
Toronto broke the ice against the West Division in getting a crucial win over Edmonton while B.C. suffered a loss at McMahon, as seemingly all teams do.
1. Calgary Stampeders (last week 1)
The Stamps are winning in a variety of ways which makes them extremely hard to beat. Bo Levi Mitchell can win a shootout, Alex Singleton and the defence are capable of shutting down offences and special teams, led by explosive return man Roy Finch, produces points and maintains excellent field position.
2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 2)
After a Banjo Bowl romp over Saskatchewan, the Bombers enjoyed a week off and held strong at No. 2. Perfect timing for Mike O’Shea – credit the CFL – to enjoy his Hall of Fame induction to the fullest in Hamilton.
3. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 4)
Canadian quarterback Brandon Bridge took centre stage in the Riders victory in Steeltown and he shined under the bright lights. Three touchdown passes that put his arm strength on full display and athletic ability too. Saskatchewan might just have a QB of the future right in front of them.
4. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 3)
It was a frustrating outing in Toronto for the Eskimos. Missed plays – field goals in particular – and calls too cost Edmonton a much-needed win. Five straight losses heading into a bye week makes it miserable.
5. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 6)
Even with second- and third-string pivots seeing action, Ottawa still managed to control the clock and thoroughly beat Montreal.
6. Toronto Argonauts (last week 8)
James Wilder Jr. ran wild as the Argos displayed an ability to consistently run the football. That could help keep Ricky Ray healthy for the stretch drive.
7. B.C. Lions (last week 5)
The slide continued for B.C. After starting the season 4-1, the Lions are 2-5 in their last seven games and sit last in the rough and tumble West Division. That’s surprising for a squad many pegged as a “sexy” Grey Cup pick.
8. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 7)
Not only did Hamilton lose in hopes of keeping their slim playoff hopes alive, but Saskatchewan, one West team primed to crossover, got the victory. That looks on Brandon Banks’ face sums up where the Ticats are at.
9. Montreal Alouettes (last week 9)
Coming down from the press box to put the headset on as bench boss didn’t play out the way Kavis Reed envisioned. Darian Durant looked like a shell of his former shelf and Montreal was poor in every phase.