3Down Power Rankings: Riders on the rise again (for now anyway)

Should how a team wins or loses matter?

The standings certainly don’t care, registering a ‘W’ or a ‘L’ by a single point with the same lack of emphasis bestowed upon a blowout of epic proportions. Points for and points against are useful when messing with wins and losses calculated by pythagorean expectation but that’s standings equivalent of fantasy football: fun but ultimately meaningless.

Still, a tight win or a close loss doesn’t appear to impact the power rankings as drastically as a good ol’ fashioned beat down.

And adding Johnny Manziel doesn’t count for anything – at least not yet.

Montreal Alouettes’ Chip Cox, left, chases Calgary Stampeders’ Kamar Jorden as he scores a touchdown during first quarter CFL football action in Calgary, Saturday, July 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

1. Calgary Stampeders (Previous ranking: 1)

The Stamps walloped the Alouettes by 17 points and seemed kinda disappointed by their performance. They get the Riders this week at Mosaic and won’t feel bad about beating them by any score.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris celebrates his touchdown during first half CFL football action against the Toronto Argonauts, in Toronto on Saturday, July 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Previous ranking: 4)

Andrew Harris ran amok against the Argonauts and the defence looked pretty good, too. Need to beat the Double Blue on the backside of the home-and-home to keep the momentum going.

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly (13) hands off to C.J. Gable (2) against the Toronto Argonauts during first half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday, July 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

3. Edmonton Eskimos (Previous ranking: 2)

The Eskimos drop a spot while on bye week because they looked terrible in a Speedo. They get Montreal this week in the last game before the expected start of the Manziel Era.

Ottawa Redblacks’ William Powell (29) celebrates his touchdown against the Saskatchewan Roughriders with teammates during first half CFL action in Ottawa on Thursday, June 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

4. Ottawa Redblacks (Previous ranking: 5)

A come-from-behind win against B.C. bumps them up a spot and they get the Ticats this week with a chance to… likely stay in the No. 4 spot.

Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Brandon Bridge throws the ball during first half CFL football action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, in Hamilton, Ont., Thursday, July 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

5. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Previous ranking: 8)

The Riders are on the rise after two straight wins over Hamilton but a win over Calgary would have seismic implications on the rankings.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli (8) scrambles during first half CFL football action against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, in Hamilton, Ont., Thursday, July 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

6. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Previous ranking: 3)

The voters seemed willing to forgive one loss to Saskatchewan – particularly after they dominated statistically – but the Ticats drop three spots after Friday’s stinker.

BC Lions quarterback Travis Lulay (14) throws the ball to avoid the tackle of Ottawa Redblacks’ A.C. Leonard (99) during first half CFL action in Ottawa on Friday, July 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

7. B.C. Lions (Previous ranking: 7)

The Leos looked pretty good on the road against Ottawa before giving up a late lead. B.C. is on a bye this week to get things right.

Toronto Argonauts quarterback James Franklin passes under pressure from Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Cory Johnson during the first half of CFL football action in Toronto, Saturday July 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

8. Toronto Argonauts (Previous ranking: 6)

The Argos 1-4 and appear to be in free fall.

Montreal Alouettes newest quarterback Johnny Manziel arrives for the team’s practice at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Monday, July 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

9. Montreal Alouettes (Previous ranking: 9)

There was a single 3Down voter who bumped Montreal up after the Manziel trade but the rest of his more reasonable colleagues shouted him down.

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