3Down Power Rankings: New No. 1 emerges as playoffs near

For the first time all season on the 3DownNation power rankings a new team sits above all the other opposition.

Teams are trending up and down as the playoffs are just one week away.

1. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 5)

Edmonton has been streaky winning seven straight then losing six and four victories in a row to get to 11-6. The latest string has given the Eskimos a chance at a home playoff game and shows they’re a legit Grey Cup contender.

Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Trent Richardson (33) is brought down by Alouettes linebacker Kyries Hebert (34) on Friday, October 27, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rick Elvin

2. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 2)

Trent Richardson rumbled 127 yards and two touchdowns as the Riders ran roughshod over Montreal. Saskatchewan was balanced on offence, running the ball just as many times as throwing it (29 each). That’s playoff-style football.

Calgary Stampeders’ Rory Kohlert (87) gets tackled by Edmonton Eskimos’ Neil King (43), on Saturday, October 28, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Amber Bracken

3. Calgary Stampeders (last week 1)

It’s been a long time since Calgary enured any type of losing streak (2012), but the Stamps did play better than the loss in Week 18 to Saskatchewan. Bo Levi Mitchell had a bounce-back performance and it would have been better for both the team and quarterback if some catchable balls were hauled in.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols (15) throws against the BC Lions during the first half of CFL action in Winnipeg Saturday, October 28, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 3)

The health of two offensive stars – Matt Nichols and Andrew Harris – are top of mind in Winnipeg. Both left the Bombers loss to B.C. and did not return. Mike O’Shea said each player would be fine after the game, but let’s wait to see if that’s true.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

5. Toronto Argonauts (last week 4)

Marc Trestman and the Argos had a bye week and now know exactly what they need to do to win the East Division: beat the Lions in B.C.

Ottawa Redblacks running back William Powell (29) kicks his feet in celebration as he runs in the end zone after scoring a touchdown against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Ottawa on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

6. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 6)

Ottawa lost the turnover ratio 5-0 against Hamilton and somehow managed to pull out an important win to keep their East Division title hopes alive. The Redblacks sit, wait and watch the Argos result to find out when they play next.

BC Lions’ Chandler Fenner (39), T.J. Lee (6), Anthony Thompson (8) and Dyshawn Davis (36) celebrate Lee’s touchdown against the Winnipeg in Winnipeg Saturday, October 28, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

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

That’s the explosive B.C. offence many expected to be lighting up scoreboards all season long, but it’s too little too late for the Lions. Jon Jennings looked great and the playmakers were on display, notably Chris Rainey who had a monster game.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Luke Tasker (17) gets upended by Ottawa Redblacks defensive back Antoine Pruneau (6) on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

8. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 7)

Hamilton was the better team for most of the game in Ottawa, but that didn’t translate on the scoreboard. However, Jeremiah Masoli did continue to play well and seems to raise his level against the Redblacks always.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Darian Durant warms up on the sidelines before taking to the field on Friday, October 27, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rick Elvin

9. Montreal Alouettes (last week 9)

Darian Durant’s return to Riderville was anticipated, but he did not live up to the hype or anywhere near it. The 35-year-old completed 9-of-20 passes for 126 yards and one interception then gave way to rookie Matt Shiltz. 10 losses in a row is a new franchise low.

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