3Down Power Rankings: Riders on the rise

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…

Edmonton Eskimos’ quarterback Mike Reilly (13) scrambles for extra yards against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during the first half of CFL action in Winnipeg Thursday, June 14, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

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.

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell throws the ball during first half CFL football action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Calgary, Saturday, June 16, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

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.

Saskatchewan Roughriders kicker Brett Lauther hits a field goal during first half season opener CFL action against the Toronto Argonauts at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Friday, June 15, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

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.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Chris Streveler (17) scrambles for extra yards against the Edmonton Eskimos during the first half of CFL action in Winnipeg Thursday, June 14, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

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.

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray looks for a receiver during first half season opener CFL action against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Friday, June 15, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

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.

B.C. Lions’ Joel Figueroa (61), Shaq Johnson (88), Emmanuel Arceneaux (84) and Bryan Burnham (16) celebrate Johnson’s touchdown against the Montreal Alouettes during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Saturday, June 16, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, left, runs from Calgary Stampeders’ Micah Johnson during second half CFL football action in Calgary, Saturday, June 16, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

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.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Drew Willy, left, is sacked by B.C. Lions’ Gabriel Knapton during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Saturday, June 16, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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.

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