With three teams on a bye last week (Calgary, Saskatchewan, Toronto) you’d think that the opportunity for movement in the Power Rankings would be limited.
Well, like going for it on third-and-one out of the shotgun, you’d be wrong.
It’s not exactly chaos but there was significant movement in the pecking order, particularly in the troublesome space between the definitely good (Calgary) and the definitely not-so-good (Montreal.)
Let’s get to it.
1. Calgary Stampeders (Previous ranking: 1)
It’s been a (bad) running joke in the Power Rankings that team’s on a bye are impacted in the rankings by how they look in a Speedo. So yes, DeVone Claybrooks looks fantastic in a banana hammock.
2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Previous ranking: 3)
The Bombers took care of business against the Ticats and must now be considered good… as long as they take care of business at home against the Redblacks this week.
3. Edmonton Eskimos (Previous ranking: 2)
Edmonton lost on the road in B.C. which means a) either they are not as good we thought they were or b) B.C. is better than we thought they were. Johnny comes to town this week so that could be good… or really, really bad.
4. Ottawa Redblacks (Previous ranking: 4)
The Alouettes gave the Redblacks a run for their money and wins against the Alouettes haven’t been worth much to begin with. Ottawa is winning ugly… but still winning.
5. B.C. Lions (Previous ranking: 7)
Go ahead, root against Wally Buono in his final season and Travis Lulay turning back the clock.
6. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Previous ranking: 6)
The Ticats had a chance to prove something against Winnipeg. They didn’t. And so here they sit.
7. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Previous ranking: 4)
A precipitous drop in the rankings while not playing a game would indicate something crazy happened on the bye but this is the Riders so… something crazy happened on the bye. Also, it’s really too bad our comments section is closed.
8. Toronto Argonauts (Previous ranking: 8)
At home against the Lions this week feels like a statement game for both teams. Over under Shawn Lemon sacks: 2.5.
9. Montreal Alouettes (Previous ranking: 9)
We could make jokes but the Alouettes didn’t look terrible against Ottawa and Manziel looked… better. Johnny + Duron just feels right, doesn’t it?