So what did we learn kids?
With week one now in the books, we have some real football to base the power rankings on and while the top of the table remained the same, there was some movement in the middle as the winners moved up and the losers paid the price for, well, losing (except B.C., who didn’t get much by the way of props for beating Montreal.)
As a reminder, we do our power rankings by having seven 3Down contributors (Edwards, Dunk, Hodge, Filoso, Ballantine, Gasson, Smith) rank the teams from No. 1 to No. 9. The team with the fewest “points” gets the top ranking, the second fewest is No. 2 and so on.
Here we go…
1. Edmonton Eskimos (Previous ranking: 1)
A come-from-behind win over Winnipeg was enough to maintain their hold on the top spot… but it wasn’t the dominant performance many were predicting.
2. Calgary Stampeders (Previous ranking: 2)
The Stamps dispatched with the Ticats 28-14 but the game was much closer than the score indicates and quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell did not look particularly sharp.
3. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Previous ranking: 4)
The Riders move up a spot previously occupied by the Argonauts… and that seems only fair given that Saskatchewan beat them in week one.
4. Ottawa Redblacks (Previous ranking: 5)
The Redblacks move up one spot without playing a game, likely because all three other East Division teams lost.
5. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Previous ranking: 6)
The Bombers move up while losing a game they could have won against Edmonton. Also, Chris Streveler didn’t look awful in his first career CFL start.
6. Toronto Argonauts (Previous ranking: 3)
The Argos fall down the elevator shaft after losing on the road against Saskatchewan. It doesn’t get any easier this week as Toronto hosts Calgary, though that match up went OK last November.
7. B.C. Lions (Previous ranking: 7)
The Lions win but stay put because beating Montreal at home doesn’t mean jack. Call us when they beat someone good.
8. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Previous ranking: 8)
The Ticats lost to Calgary but didn’t look bad doing it. A tough test in Edmonton awaits.
9. Montreal Alouettes (Previous ranking: 9)
The basement dwellers were dead last on every ballot again. There were signs of life against the Lions… for about a quarter.