The 3DownNation power rankings are back following the sixth week of the 2021 CFL season.
After an exciting slate of rivalry rematches that featured a number of split series, its particularly hard to make heads or tails of the balance of power in the CFL. As one contributor suggested, we know which two teams are at the top and bottom of the league right now, everyone else should be tied at rank 4.5.
Our power rankings are created by having our contributors rank each team from No. 1 to No. 9 independently, then averaging out the scores. Last week’s rankings are listed in brackets.
Enjoy the rankings and feel free to roast us on Twitter for anything you feel we’ve gotten wrong.
1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1)
Right now in the CFL, there is Winnipeg and then there is everybody else. The Bombers brought the smoke against their prairie rivals for a second straight week and emerged unscathed from a physical Banjo Bowl game with a commanding 24-point win.
2. Saskatchewan Roughriders (2)
The Riders have suffered two straight losses, but the fact they came against the best team in the league earned some leniency from our contributors. Unfortunately, they may not be able to hang on to the number two spot for long, as the health status of quarterback Cody Fajardo remains uncertain after he left the Banjo Bowl in the third quarter with a likely concussion.
3. Toronto Argonauts (6)
The Boatmen only managed to get by the Ticats by a single point, but our contributors valued the end result more than how they got their. They now sit alone atop the East Division with three, despite the fact that they have yet to receive consistent quarterback play.
4. B.C. Lions (7)
Only two teams in the CFL are on winning streaks of two or more games, the top-seeded Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the B.C. Lions. Sure, both of those victories came against a dismal opponent in the Redblacks, but you can’t choose who you play. You can only beat the guy across from you and the Leos have done that in commanding fashion to go over .500 for the first time in the Michael Reilly era.
5. Montreal Alouettes (4)
The Alouettes drop a single spot in our rankings after a bye week, but they are still riding high after hanging 51 points on Ottawa a week ago. If Vernon Adams can replicate that performance against the Lions this week, Montreal will really be cooking.
6. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (3)
This week’s biggest faller, the Ticats were denied a chance to complete a comeback against the Argos when kicker Michael Domagala drilled the tying extra point off the upright. The kicking game is a concern, but not as much as the health of quarterback Dane Evans, who left the game late and had to be replaced with David Watford.
7. Calgary Stampeders (8)
Bo Levi Mitchell is back from injury, but he still didn’t look to be full strength as the Stamps knocked off their provincial rivals on the road. Calgary still looks to be in jeopardy, but they now have the playoff tiebreak over the Elks in hand thanks to a Kamar Jorden touchdown with 20 seconds left.
8. Edmonton Elks (5)
Coming off a Labour Day victory, the Elks had an emotional let down at home and failed to produce offensively. When you get booed by the home crowd, you drop three spots in the power rankings. Those are just the rules.
9. Ottawa Redblacks (9)
Dominique Davis is giving some life to the Redblacks offence, but you can only do so much with talent in Ottawa. The boys in plaid got rolled by 32-points against the Lions and hope some bye week additions, like receiver Kenny Stafford, can turn their season around.