Power Rankings: Labour Day shakes things up

While Labour Day can sometimes be long on hype and short on quality football, last weekend’s games delivered a dazzling display of the best the CFL has to offer. The games were close, hard-fought and simmering with rivalry.

They also shook up the Power Rankings a bit. Let’s have a look.

Calgary Stampeders’ Rene Paredes, left, celebrates kicking the winning field goal with teammate Rob Maver during second half CFL football action against the Edmonton Eskimos in Calgary, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

1. Calgary Stampeders (Previous ranking: 1)

A three-game lead in the West, the Stamps have the season series lead over the Riders can put a fork in the Esks with a win in the re-match with Edmonton. At this rate, Calgary might not play a meaningful game for two months…

Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Zach Collaros attempts a pass against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during first half CFL football action at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

2. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Previous ranking: 3)

Here come the Riders. A win on Labour Day puts them in the thick of the race for a home playoff date in the West. Winning the Banjo Bowl would be another big step forward.

Edmonton Eskimos’ Vidal Hazelton, left, has a pass knocked away by Calgary Stampeders’ Emanuel Davis during second half CFL football action in Calgary, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

3. Edmonton Eskimos (Previous ranking: 4)

They lose on Labour Day and actually move up in the rankings… of course, falling on the final play of the game to the Stamps at McMahon is as moral as victories get.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats players do a dance in the end zone to celebrate a touchdown by Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Brandon Banks (16) during first half CFL Football game action against the Toronto Argonauts in Hamilton, Ont. on Monday, September 3, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

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

The Ticats have found a way in the late stages in back-to-back games and give themselves an all but insurmountable East Division lead over the Argos with a victory on Saturday in the second half of their home-and-home.

Ottawa Redblacks wide receiver R.J. Harris (84) is stopped by Montreal Alouettes linebacker Chip Cox (11)during first half CFL action in Ottawa on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

5. Ottawa Redblacks (Previous ranking: 2)

Did a loss to Montreal exposed the Redblacks as pretenders in the East? Or are they just as inconsistent as everybody else not named Calgary…

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris celebrates with fans after a touchdown against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during first half CFL football action at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

6. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Previous ranking: 6)

The Bombers are in free fall and there are nothing but questions surrounding the mental state of quarterback Matt Nichols. Big stakes for the Banjo Bowl.

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

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

The Lions have lost two straight and move up in the standings because… well, because the CFL is weird right now.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Antonio Pipkin (17) looks downfield for a receiver during first half CFL action against the Ottawa Redblacks in Ottawa on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

8. Montreal Alouettes (Previous ranking: 8)

We’re No. 8! We’re No. 8! The Alouettes are out of the Power Rankings basement for just the second time this season (the Riders spent a week there in early July) after two straight wins coupled with another Toronto loss. Are the Alouettes for real? And what does that mean for a team that’s been so bad for so long…

Toronto Argonauts quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson (14) during first half CFL Football game action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Hamilton, Ont. on Monday, September 3, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

9. Toronto Argonauts (Previous ranking: 7)

The Argonauts had a chance to win the Labour Day Classic until they were very much didn’t (and they got walloped statistically.) And tell us again why Duron’s on the bench while the Argonauts’ season slides down the tubes?

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