3Down Power Rankings: Does this even make sense?

At this point in the season, you’d kind of expect the Power Rankings to more or less match up with the standings: after all, we’ve had 20 weeks to separate the wheat from the chaff.

But while the chaff has been determined – the non-playoff teams are at the bottom of our rankings – things at the top remain muddled. The top team will finish third in the West and will have the toughest road to the Grey Cup with visits to Calgary and Saskatchewan (the order of which still has to be determined.) Meanwhile, the Riders – who have won five of six – can’t seem to grab ahold of the top spot.

Let’s have a look where everybody stands:

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ quarterback Matt Nichols (15) gets taken down by Calgary Stampeders’ Junior Turner (7) during the first half of CFL action in Winnipeg, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John WoodsD

1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Previous ranking: 1)

The Bombers cemented their hold on the No. 1 spot by handing the Calgary Stampeders their third straight loss. They’ll be on the road for the playoffs, though.

Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive lineman Tobi Antigha left, and defensive back Ed Gainey, centre ham it up on the sidelines en route in the dying second of a 35-16 victory over the B.C. Lions during CFL action at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

2. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Previous ranking: 2)

The Riders took care of business against the B.C. Lions and there’s an argument they should be No. 1, given their 2-1 record over Winnipeg this season. It’s mostly coming from Riderville, though.

October 27, 2018– Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Trevor Harris makes a shovel pass as Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive tackle Bobby Richardson closes in during CFL action at Tim Horton’s Field Saturday afternoon. The Redblacks defeated the Ticats, 30-13 to claim first place in East Division. Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator.

3. Ottawa Redblacks (Previous ranking: 5)

Two straight wins over Hamilton has not only earned the Redblacks the East crown but it’s vaulted Ottawa from No. 7 to No. 3 in the rankings.

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell (19) reacts after a penalty is called against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during the first half of CFL action in Winnipeg, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

4. Calgary Stampeders (Previous ranking: 3)

The Stamps have faltered at the wrong time of year and still need a win to lock up the West. That won’t get them back to No. 1 in the rankings, though.

BC Lions’ Tyrell Sutton, left, celebrates his touchdown with teammates during CFL football action against the Calgary Stampeders, in Calgary, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

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

The Lions are 2-7 on the road this season – not a good sign given that they are the crossover team.

October 27, 2018–Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach June Jones watches from the sidelines during a rainy, windy CFL game at Tim Horton’s Field Saturday afternoon. The Redblacks defeated the Ticats, 30-13 to claim first place in East Division. Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator.

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

The Ticats can’t fall much lower at this point with just the non-playoff teams below them.

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

7. Edmonton Eskimos (Previous ranking: 7)

All that’s left for the Esks now is the post-mortem on a lost season.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Johnny Manziel throws a pass during first half CFL football action against the Toronto Argonauts, in Montreal, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

8. Montreal Alouettes (Previous ranking: 9)

Johnny gets his first win and drags the Alouettes out of the rankings basement. For now, at least.

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

9. Toronto Argonauts (Previous ranking: 8)

Worse. Than. Montreal.

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