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3Down Power Rankings: Redblacks rise, Ticats tumble

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Ottawa’s comeback and Hamilton’s upset produced opposite movement in the 3Down rankings.

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, centre, with iPad, goes over a play with teammates on the sidelines. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

1. Calgary Stampeders (last week 1)

The Stampeders kicked their feet up, admired the top record in the CFL and enjoyed a bye week.

2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 2)

Matt Nichols suffered an injury to his right hand that forced him out of the game in Winnipeg’s loss to Hamilton. The severity is unknown – Bombers fans are praying for positive news.

Roughriders’ quarterback Brandon Bridge throws a ball during warm-up. (CFL PHOTO – Dave Chidley)

3. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 3)

Brandon Bridge engineered a comeback victory in Toronto as the Riders swept their two-game Eastern trip. Saskatchewan has visions of challenging Winnipeg for a home playoff game.

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray (15) dives with the ball as he’s tackled by Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Derrick Moncrief (42). THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

4. Toronto Argonauts (last week 4)

Failed red zone opportunities ultimately did Toronto in. It could have been a much bigger lead in the first half, but field goals were settled for instead of converting touchdowns. But consider some key pieces – Shawn Lemon, Bear Woods and Marcus Ball – were on the sidelines.

Ottawa Redblacks’ Greg Ellingson, left, and B.C. Lions’ Ronnie Yell (25) collide. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

5. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 6)

24 unanswered points really boosted Ottawa’s playoff chances. Trevor Harris came alive in the nick of time.

6. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 7)

There were some frustrating moments in the rain for Edmonton, but eventually, the Eskimos snapped a six-game skid. Brandon Zylstra (201 yards) is making a push for the CFL receiving title.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ Alex Green (15), Tony Washington (66) and Luke Tasker (17) celebrate Green’s touchdown against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

7. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 5)

Hamilton scored a big-time win in Winnipeg, however, B.C.’s late-game collapse did the Ticats no favours.

Ottawa Redblacks’ William Powell, front, dives past B.C. Lions’ Micah Awe while carrying the ball during. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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

The Lions seemed to be in control and well on the way to a much-needed win, but then it all unravelled quickly. That might have been the season slipping away for B.C.

Montreal Alouettes head coach Kavis Reed reacts to a play during CFL football action. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

9. Montreal Alouettes (last week 9)

At least Montreal wasn’t completely blown out, but an early lead was squandered. The Alouettes were officially the first team eliminated from playoff contention on Thanksgiving Monday.

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