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Winnipeg’s whooping at the hands of Hamilton has knocked the Bombers back to the middle of the pack.

The Ticats carved Richie Hall’s defence while clawing back Paul LaPolice’s offence in a standout display and total team effort. It made many of the rankers question big blue’s standing in the CFL. One of our crew had Winnipeg at three, one at four and the rest put the Bombers in at five.

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.

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1. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2)

Simoni Lawrence was a heat-seeking missile who destroyed any Bombers in his way while setting a CFL record for tackles in a game (17).

Bo Levi Mitchell is back to lead the Stamps as they attempt to defend their Grey Cup title. Photo Scott Grant /

2. Calgary Stampeders (1)

Bo Levi Mitchell and the Stamps were chillin’ on the bye week, but for some reason it cost them top spot.

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Photo Scott Grant /

3. Saskatchewan Roughriders (5)

Cody Fajardo sunk the Argos ship, again. Saskie is in competition for No. 1 out west.

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4. Montreal Alouettes (3)

The Als are a much different team with any other quarterback behind centre other than Vernon Adams Jr. If he’s not suspended Montreal beats B.C.

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Photo Scott Grant /

5. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (4)

There is lots of concern in The Peg following a beatdown witnessed by the home crowd.

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6. Edmonton Eskimos (6)

It was hard to watch, but the Esks came out of Ottawa with an officials-aided win.

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7. B.C. Lions (7)

Yes, the Lions have won three straight, but consider two came against the awful Ottawa Redblacks and the other while Vernon Adams Jr. watched in street clothes.

8. Toronto Argonauts (8)

Watching Jim Popp on the sideline viewing the sorry excuse for a team he’s put together was the best part of the Argos blowout loss at BMO Field.

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Photo Scott Grant /

9. Ottawa Redblacks (9)

Rick Campbell just can’t buy a break. Maybe Marcel Desjardins should have been in more of a buying mood with the Redblacks’ money in the off-season.