3Down Power Rankings: Riders on the come up

The top team in the league got beat, but did that cause a fall in ranks?

Saskatchewan laid it on Calgary at McMahon Stadium. Very rare to see the Stampeders lose like that at home since John Hufnagel came to town in 2008.

Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Samuel Eguavoen, bottom, tackles Calgary Stampeders’ Anthony Parker in Calgary, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

1. Calgary Stampeders (last week 1)

The Stamps were held out of the end zone and largely shut down on offence for most of the game. Bo Levi Mitchell had the worst outing of his 2017 campaign, managing just 136 passing yards while getting picked off two times.

Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Cameron Marshall, right, celebrates a touchdown with teammate Spencer Moore in Calgary, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

2. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 3)

Saskatchewan pulled off the nearly unpredictable and beat Calgary at their home field. Duron Carter showed intriguing abilities as a defensive back with the defence and special teams leading the way in the win.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris (33) runs the ball against the Toronto Argonauts in Toronto on Saturday, October 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

3. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 2)

Andrew Harris was limited by the Argos, but the Bombers still had a chance to win the game late. However, Justin Medlock missed a 39-yard field goal.

Toronto Argonauts running back Martese Jackson (30) runs past Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker Kyle Knox (50) in Toronto on Saturday, October 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

4. Toronto Argonauts (last week 6)

Toronto did just enough to earn a win at BMO Field against a tough West opponent. Ricky Ray led a late touchdown drive to put the Argos in front, making a strong case to be in the CFL MOP conversation.

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly passes against the B.C. Lions in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, October 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

5. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 5)

Mike Reilly engineered a last-minute touchdown drive to tie the game and then hit Cory Watson for the game-winning major in overtime. It was a thrilling Eskimos triumph on the West coast.

Ottawa Redblacks’ Brad Sinopoloi (88) tries to make his way past B.C. Lions’ Tony Burnett (26) and Chandler Fenner (39) on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

6. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 4)

The Redblacks dropped two spots while on a bye week, tough luck with the 3Down voters. And Brad Sinopoli’s status with a shoulder injury got worse during the time off.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ Brandon Banks (16) breaks away from Montreal Alouettes’ Oumar Toure in Montreal, Sunday, October 22, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

7. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 7)

June Jones’ bunch blew out Montreal and just might be the best non-playoff team ever. Hamilton’s turnaround since punting Kent Austin to the press box has been remarkable.

Edmonton Eskimos’ Johnny Adams, right, tackles B.C. Lions’ Chris Rainey during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, October 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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

Another close game got away from B.C. as the Lions could not close out the Eskimos. Another loss has Wally Buono wondering if his team forgot how to earn victories.

Montreal Alouettes’ B.J. Cunningham (85) is tackled by Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ Richard Leonard during first half CFL football action in Montreal, Sunday, October 22, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

9. Montreal Alouettes (last week 9)

Just when it seems as though it can’t get worse for the Als, it does. Hamilton who was the next closest team to them in the standings – it should be said the Ticats have been very different of late – put a good old fashioned whooping on Kavis Reed’s bunch.

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