Power Rankings: Let the fun begin for real

There was more movement in the rankings this week as some of the perpetually inconsistent teams – everyone not named Calgary and Montreal, basically – won games while others lost. Even Montreal eked out a win, though it didn’t help them with the voters.

They say the CFL season doesn’t start until Labour Day and the open salvo in the trio of home-and-home sets are sure to shake up the rankings. Let’s see where things stand for now…

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ pressure Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, centre, as he throws the ball during second quarter CFL football action in Calgary, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

1. Calgary Stampeders (Previous ranking: 1)

A week after losing to Saskatchewan, the Stamps walloped the Bombers at McMahon to remind everyone that they’re still the Stamps, particularly at home. The home-and-home against Edmonton has the potential to put them fully in control in the West or pull them back into the morass.

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

2. Ottawa Redblacks (Previous ranking: 3)

Ottawa moves up despite being on a bye, courtesy of their 6-3 record and the Edmonton loss to Hamilton. The Redblacks host Montreal this week, which doesn’t seem like a cakewalk at the moment.

Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Nick Marshall (3) celebrates his touchdown against the B.C. Lions during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver on Saturday August 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

3. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Previous ranking: 4)

Well, well, well what’s this? The Riders have gone from No. 7 to No. 4 to No. 3 in three short weeks, courtesy of wins over Calgary and B.C. The back-to-back set with the Bombers is always entertaining but with both teams at five wins, it’s even more interesting this season.

Edmonton Eskimos’ D’haquille Williams receives a pass before running it in for a touchdown against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the first half of CFL football action in Hamilton, Ontario on Thursday August 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

4. Edmonton Eskimos (Previous ranking: 2)

The Eskimos looked to have things well in hand in Hamilton, leading 24-10 at the break, but imploded in the second half and lost on a last-second field goal. Big opportunity to make a statement about their intentions in the West the next two weeks.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats kicker Lirim Hajrullahu celebrates kicking the winning field goal with teammate Luke Tasker, left, against Edmonton Eskimos Mercy Maston, right, during the second half of CFL football action in Hamilton, Ontario on Thursday August 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

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

The Ticats see-saw continued with the win over Edmonton and a win in the Labour Day Classic over the Argos would give them some much-needed breathing room in the East. Or not, as the case may be.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Jovan Santos-Knox, left, dives for Calgary Stampeders’ Kamar Jorden during first quarter CFL football action in Calgary, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

6. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Previous ranking: 5)

They were at No. 2 two weeks ago but are headed in the wrong direction after back-to-back losses. The Bombers need to get back on track and in a hurry.

7. Toronto Argonauts (Previous ranking: 7)

They lost to the Alouettes and somehow didn’t drop in the rankings. Maybe because of this guy.

B.C. Lions’ quarterback Travis Lulay (14) and Bryan Burnham (16) celebrate Burnham’s touchdown against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Saturday August 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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

The Lions suffered a huge setback against the Riders, losing a crucial home game and all-star receiver Emanuel Arceneaux to injury. On a bye to regroup.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Antonio Pipkin throws the ball during first half CFL action against the Toronto Argonauts in Montreal on Friday, August 24, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Mccabe

9. Montreal Alouettes (Previous ranking: 9)

A win! But still in last place and with a quarterback controversy brewing…

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