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.
Don’t jump on the bandwagon now for all you mfs that wrote us off last week! Especially the person who ranked up 7th in the CFL when we have the 2nd best record and gave the #1 team 2 of their 4 losses! #YeahDatWay #2
— Jovon Johnson (@Mr_Consistent_2) October 21, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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