Power Rankings: Riders on the rise as chaos reigns

The underdogs went crazy last week with Saskatchewan, Ottawa and Toronto all winning and the result is some upheaval in the rankings. Call it parity, call it inconsistency or call it just plain fun but the 2018 CFL seaon has been anything but predictable… kinda like these rankings.

Calgary Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson reacts to a play during first half CFL action against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, in Regina on Sunday, August 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matt Smith.

1. Calgary Stampeders (Previous ranking: 1)

Sure, the Stamps lost to the Riders and are no longer undefeated but it will take more than a road loss in one of the league’s most challenging environments to knock the Stamps from their perch. A loss to the Bombers at home this week might do it, though.

Edmonton Eskimos’ D’haquille Williams (81) celebrates a touchdown against the Montreal Alouettes during first half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Saturday, August 18, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

2. Edmonton Eskimos (Previous ranking: 3)

Beating up on Montreal usually isn’t worth much but coupled with a Bombers loss it’s enough to bump Edmonton one spot. Tough road game in Hamilton on a short week coming up.

Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Trevor Harris (7) celebrates Greg Ellingson’s (82) two-point conversion during the first half of CFL action in Winnipeg Friday, August 17, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

3. Ottawa Redblacks (Previous ranking: 4)

The 6-3 Redblacks must be taken seriously after waltzing into Winnipeg and laying a smackdown on the Bombers. Ottawa is on a bye this week, then Montreal.

Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt (82) riles up the crowd after a catch during first half CFL action against the Calgary Stampeders, in Regina on Sunday, August 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matt Smith.

4. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Previous ranking: 7)

The Riders jump three spots after beating Calgary at home and they’ll get a chance to solidify their spot in the rankings – or even move up – with a trip to Vancouver this week.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Darvin Adams (1) and Ryan Lankford (84) celebrate Adams’ touchdown against the Ottawa Redblacks during the first half of CFL action in Winnipeg Friday, August 17, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

5. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Previous ranking: 2)

Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

Toronto Argonauts quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson (14) practices throwing before CFL action against the BC Lions, in Toronto on Sunday, August 18, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

6. Toronto Argonauts (Previous ranking: 8)

The Argos are up two spots after the magic man McLeod Bethel-Thompson orchestrates his second come-from-behind win. They’re in Montreal this week.

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

The Ticats drop a spot on the bye week and face Edmonton at home on Thursday. Time for Hamilton to put up some wins.

BC Lions quarterback Ricky Lloyd (19) slides after a run with the ball in first half CFL action against the Toronto Argonauts, in Toronto on Saturday, August 18, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

8. B.C. Lions (Previous ranking: 5)

The Lions are in the elevator shaft down three spots after a close loss to Toronto. And here come the surging Riders.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Antonio Pipkin (17) makes the throw against the Edmonton Eskimos during first half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Saturday, August 18, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

9. Montreal Alouettes (Previous ranking: 9)

Quarterback Antonio Pipkin, who did not cost two first-round draft picks, looked pretty good… by Montreal still lost.

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