3Down Power Rankings: Eskimos plummet despite bye week

Edmonton’s fall continued even with the team on a bye in Week 14.

It’s obvious who rules the CFL and the team that brings up the rear, but the middle five teams shifted around.

1. Calgary Stampeders (last week 1)

Charleston Hughes and the Stamps defensive front dominated the game. Micah Johnson and Ja’Gared Davis wreaked all kinds of havoc along with the veteran end who has eight sacks in two games against the Riders.

2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 2)

The Bombers have turned IFG into a real home field advantage. Winnipeg’s 20-point win over Ottawa on a rainy night proved that they can get it done in the elements.

Calgary Stampeders running back Roy Finch tries to break a tackle. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

3. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 3)

Chris Jones was blunt in the assessment of the Riders loss to Calgary: “They lined up whipped our butt.” Saskatchewan did prove they can hang with the elite.

Toronto Argonauts defensive back Alden Darby (33) is covered by artificial smoke. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jon Blacker

4. Toronto Argonauts (last week 6)

The good ship Argo has set sail towards to wins in a row and with one game in hand on Ottawa are in a position to take control of the East Division.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ Luke Tasker, left, and Shamawd Chambers celebrate Tasker’s touchdown against the B.C. Lions on Friday September 22, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

5. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 7)

Sergio Castillo’s girlfriend should get some major credit for helping Hamilton get an improbable victory in B.C. Ticats are hummin’.

6. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 5)

Third-string pivot Ryan Lindley struggled as Ottawa dropped a decisive decision in The Peg. William Powell was running well, but the Redblacks went away from the ground game.

Edmonton Eskimos head coach Jason Maas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan

7. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 4)

Five straight losses have stuck in the mind of 3DownNation rankers as Edmonton drops three spots on after a week where the green and gold didn’t even play.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ Richard Leonard, right, strips the ball from B.C. Lions’ Jeremiah Johnson’s hands and recovers the fumble on Friday, September 22, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

8. B.C. Lions (last week 7)

The cat fight loss to the Ticats was a big blow to B.C. Wally Buono has a bye week to regroup his troops for the stretch run crucial to the Lions playoff hopes.

9. Montreal Alouettes (last week 9)

Montreal’s performance lately has made a lot of people turn away, including head coach and general manager Kavis Reed. The Als are flying way off course.