Power Rankings: Not quite the status quo

We almost had our first week with no changes in the rankings but the Hamilton Tiger-Cats loss to the Ottawa Redblacks saw the Ticats drop a spot behind the idle B.C. Lions while the rest of the league maintained their respective spots in the rankings. With a third of the regular season in the books, things are starting to settle into familiar patterns – at least for now.

Former Calgary Stampeders receiver Nik Lewis, right, celebrates his retirement as a Stampeder with head coach Dave Dickenson during first quarter CFL football action against the Montreal Alouettes, in Calgary, Saturday, July 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

1. Calgary Stampeders (Previous ranking: 1)

The undisputed No. 1 team in the CFL, Calgary is undefeated and seemingly invincible.

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: 2)

The Bombers offence looks slick, the defence is very solid and their special teams feature the best kicker in the game. Any questions? Didn’t think so.

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly throws a pass during first half CFL football action against the Montreal Alouettes in Montreal, Thursday, July 26, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

3. Edmonton Eskimos (Previous ranking: 3)

No bonus points for walloping Montreal but a tester at home against an increasingly desperate Riders team this week.

4. Ottawa Redblacks (Previous ranking: 4)

Oh hey look it’s the East Division.

Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Jordan Williams-Lambert shakes a tackle during first half CFL action at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Friday, July 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

5. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Previous ranking: 5)

A horrible first quarter doomed the Riders against Calgary but they more or less held their own otherwise.

B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay passes against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver on Saturday, July 14, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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

The Leos move up without playing a game which says a lot about the state of affairs near the bottom.

JULY 24, 2018–Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach June Jones prepares for the team’s practice at Tim Horton’s Field Tuesday morning. Williams was acquired, along with Jamaal Westerman, in a trade with the Montreal Alouettes on July 22, 2018.Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

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

Oh hey look it’s the rest of the East Division.

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: 8)

The Argos are in free fall, making a change at quarterback and were just a single point ahead of Montreal in the tabulations.

Montreal Alouettes newest quarterback Johnny Manziel, left, offensive co-ordinator Khari Jones, center, and head Coach Mike Sherman, right, take part in the team’s practice at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Monday, July 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

9. Montreal Alouettes (Previous ranking: 9)

The Johnny era begins in earnest. But will it make a difference?

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