The Toronto Argonauts’ terrible effort on Saturday has made them the butt of many jokes around the country.
One 3Down contributor suggested we put the Argos at number 10 behind the Atlantic Schooners. Another suggested the University of Toronto Varsity Blues could have beaten them on Saturday.
Shockingly, one of our seven pundits didn’t have Toronto last. Everybody else had the Argos in ninth place (or, as written above, even lower).
The power rankings are done by having 3Down contributors rank each team from No. 1 to No. 9. The team with the fewest “points” gets the top ranking with each subsequent club receiving rankings two through nine. The previous week’s rankings are listed in brackets.
- Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1)
The bye week didn’t hurt big blue in the rankings like it sometimes can. Winnipeg should be rested for a real test in Week 3 against our second-ranked team.
2. Edmonton Eskimos (3)
After the hype of Mike Reilly returning to Edmonton subsided, the Eskimos beat up their former franchise pivot and displayed the new aggressive mentality promised by defensive coordinator Phil Lolley.
3. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2)
64 points. 50-point margin of victory. 604 yards of offence. Video game-type numbers from the black and gold. But the totals weren’t impressive enough against a lacklustre Argos team as Hamilton drops one spot.
4. Ottawa Redblacks (5)
Dare to doubt Dominique Davis. Against what was thought to be an upper echelon Riders defence, the Redblacks’ No. 1 pivot sliced and diced to improve his starting record to 2-0. The bye week should only give Davis more time to settle in.
5. Calgary Stampeders (6)
The Stamps can be slow starters, but losing at home in the summer just doesn’t happen, especially under John Hufnagel. Expect the horses to get back to their gallop.
6. B.C. Lions (4)
The Eskimos beat the beard off Mike Reilly. There should be less drag on the Lions’ offence under a clean shaven quarterback.
7. Saskatchewan Roughriders (7)
The identity of the Riders is still unknown, but Saskatchewan’s team could easily be 2-0. Two straight trips East for Thursday night games wasn’t kind from the schedule makers.
8. Montreal Alouettes (7)
The Als played a competitive game against Edmonton but the club’s culture will be seen as toxic until someone (Khari Jones?) changes it.
9. Toronto Argonauts (7)
The views from The Six can’t be worse. Toronto even had an extra week to prepare for their season-opener and were completely sunk.