3Down Power Rankings: Calgary on top after seismic shake up

Week 2 in the CFL featured four blowouts with a combined score of 175-55 and an average margin of victory of 30 points and those results were enough to create substantial movement in our rankings. After going 0-3 against the West Division in the opening slate of games, East teams earned a measure of respectability – and some juice in the rankings – by taking two of the four matchups.

Let’s see where everybody landed…

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell (19) reacts from the sidelines during the second half of CFL football game action against the Toronto Argonauts at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday June 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

1. Calgary Stampeders (Previous ranking: 2)

The Stamps walloped the Toronto Argonauts in their home opener and that, coupled with Edmonton’s loss to Hamilton at Commonwealth, was enough to make Calgary the consensus No. 1 selection. But they face Ottawa at home this week and likely need a win to stay on top.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli (8) makes the throw against the Edmonton Eskimos during first half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday June 22, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

2. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Previous ranking: 8)

The Ticats are the biggest movers in this week’s poll, jumping from the No. 8 slot all the way to No. 2. It wasn’t just the win over Edmonton; Hamilton likely earned some bonus points for playing Calgary tough the week before at McMahon.

Ottawa Redblacks’ Greg Ellingson (82) is hugged by fans after making a conversion during first half CFL action against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Ottawa on Thursday, June 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

3. Ottawa Redblacks (Previous ranking: 4)

The Redblacks throttled the Saskatchewan Roughriders in their season-opener and jumped one spot and will take on Calgary for a chance at the crown.

Eskimos fans jeer Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) as his team plays the Edmonton Eskimos during first half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday June 22, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

4. Edmonton Eskimos (Previous ranking: 1)

The Esks take a tumble after, to paraphrase Mike Reilly, getting their asses kicked by Hamilton. They’ve got the Lions at home this week, a prime opportunity to right the ship.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Streveler throws a pass during first half CFL football action against the Montreal Alouettes in Montreal, Friday, June 22, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

5. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Previous ranking: 5)

The Strevelation was excellent against Montreal but there are no gains to be had by beating up on the Alouettes and Winnipeg’s position remains unchanged.

6. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Previous ranking: 3)

After a solid performance in the win over Toronto, the Riders looked awful against the Redblacks. And the quarterback questions are back.

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 enjoyed a bye and their ranking remains unchanged. Tough test in Edmonton coming up.

Toronto Argonauts wide receiver Brian Tyms (18) and Toronto Argonauts wide receiver Brian Jones (16) sit dejected on the bench following their CFL football game loss to the Calgary Stampeders at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday June 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

8. Toronto Argonauts (Previous ranking: 6)

Two straight losses to start the season have seen the Argos drop from No. 3 to No. 8 in a hurry,

Montreal Alouettes head coach Mike Sherman, right, looks on from the sideline during first half CFL football action against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Montreal, Friday, June 22, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

9. Montreal Alouettes (Previous ranking: 9)

The Alouettes looked terrible again in the loss to Winnipeg and remain firmly planted in the basement.

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