3Down Power Rankings: Get the bandwagons ready

You know we’re getting to crunch time when players – players – are getting salty about online Power Rankings.

Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive back Jovon Johnson took a not-so-subtle shot at former Rider-turned-pundit Belton Johnson for his ranking of the CFL teams, which the latter Johnson posts on Twitter each week.

That nobody-believed-in-us vibe was radiating off many a true believer in Riderville after their win over Calgary on Saturday. It’s a victory that also has them back up near the top of our weekly rankings, which are a compilation from six 3Down contributors (don’t at me, Rider bro.)

We also have a new top team and a new (old) face at the bottom of the rankings.

1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Previous ranking: 2)

The Bombers moved into the top spot without playing a game courtesy of Calgary’s second straight loss and Winnipeg’s 31-0 shellacking of the Riders on Oct 13. You can hear Riderville from here: “But we beat them twice!” Not lately, you haven’t.

A Saskatchewan Roughriders supports her team as they play the Calgary Stampeders during CFL football action in Calgary, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

2. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Previous ranking: 6)

As we mentioned on the 3Down podcast this week, the Riders seem to thrive amid chaos as they pulled out an impressive win over the Stamps after the Charleston Hughes fiasco.

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, is pressured by Saskatchewan Roughriders during CFL football action in Calgary, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

3. Calgary Stampeders (Previous ranking: 1)

The Stamps have lost two straight and spawned endless “they are choking earlier than usual jokes.” First time since June 25 Calgary is out of the top spot ans their No. 3 ranking is their lowest of the season.

4. B.C. Lions (Previous ranking: 4)

The Lions are the hottest team in the CFL since Labour Day but don’t get a bump from their home win over the faltering Eskimos. They face Saskatchewan this weekend: they’ll get some love if they win that one.

Ottawa Redblacks linebacker Kyries Hebert (34), middle, celebrates a win with teammates against the Hamilton Tiger Cats following CFL action in Ottawa on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

5. Ottawa Redblacks (Previous ranking: 7)

The Redblacks beat Hamilton to all but secure the East Division and vault themselves over the Ticats in the rankings.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Brandon Banks (16) makes a catch as Ottawa Redblacks defensive back Rico Murray (3) tackles during second half CFL action in Ottawa on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

6. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Previous ranking: 3)

The Cats lost the game, their No. 1 receiver, their best chance to win the division… and three spots in the power rankings.

Edmonton Eskimos slotback D’haquille Williams (81) fails to catch a throw from Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly (13) to score a touchdown in the end zone during CFL football action against the B.C. Lions in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

7. Edmonton Eskimos (Previous ranking: 5)

The Eskimos were the No. 2-ranked team on Sept. 17 and have gone steadily dowhill since. Not a good time of year to struggle: people get fired.

 

Toronto Argonauts quarterback James Franklin (2) celebrates his touchdown during first half CFL football action against the Montreal Alouettes, in Toronto on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

8. Toronto Argonauts (Previous ranking: 9)

The Argos win the front-side of the two-game set with Montreal and are anointed Only The Second Worst Team in the CFL.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) is seen during the pre-game to CFL football action against the Toronto Argonauts, in Toronto on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

9. Montreal Alouettes (Previous ranking: 8)

Hey, look who’s back! After a three-week hiatus, the Alouettes are back in the basement of the Power Rankings. #YeahDatWay




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