3DownNation power rankings: Ontario rivals flip places

The 3DownNation power rankings are back following the eighth week of the 2021 CFL season.

Things have remained consistent at the top and bottom of our rankings, though a pair of Ontario rivals flipped near the middle. They’ll decide their season series in Week 15 and we already can’t wait to see which team comes out on top.

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 got wrong.

1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1)

Mike O’Shea has his team playing Grey Cup-level football on offence and defence, though there remains some work to be done on special teams. Could a trade for placekicker Lewis Ward be in the works? We think it could help put the Blue Bombers over the top for a second consecutive season.

2. Saskatchewan Roughriders (2)

Cody Fajardo led his most impressive drive as a member of the Riders in Week 8 when he marched the offence down the field for a game-winning touchdown against the Lions with just 20 seconds remaining. The Riders are in a great place, having clinched the season series with B.C. while gaining sole possession of second in the West Division.

3. B.C. Lions (3)

Getting home for four sacks against Saskatchewan wasn’t enough as the Lions fell to 4-3 and third place in the divisional standings. It might be time for B.C. to try to get the run game going as James Butler and Shaq Cooper recorded a combined five carries for just five yards in Friday’s loss.

4. Toronto Argonauts (5)

The Boatmen have buoyed above their provincial rivals following an impressive win over the Als. Montreal put up a ton of yardage, sure, but the Argos were able to force turnovers at key times while overcoming the loss of Nick Arbuckle, Eric Rogers, Henoc Muamba, and Cameron Judge to a variety of injuries.

5. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (4)

Our voters were evidently unimpressed by the Ticats beating up on the lowly Redblacks, falling one spot in the rankings. The good news for Hamilton is that they may be getting some talent back on the active roster this week following a ten-day layoff, including quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

6. Montreal Alouettes (6)

Vernon Adams Jr. was flashy but inconsistent in Montreal’s three-point loss to the Argos last week. Williams Stanback is averaging a remarkable 103 rushing yards per start, though the team was evidently disappointed with the play of its defensive line with the dismissal of Todd Howard.

7. Calgary Stampeders (7)

The Horsemen rested during their Week 8 bye and it will be interesting to see how Bo Levi Mitchell bounces back after getting pulled from his last start. Calgary is entering a stretch during which they will face the Riders in three of their next four games, heating up an intense rivalry.

8. Edmonton Elks (8)

Trevor Harris might be back in his starting role for the Elks, which is wild considering he was added to the six-game injured list just one week ago. With a back-to-back against the dominant Blue Bombers coming up on the horizon, this week’s game against Ottawa has to be considered a must-win.

9. Ottawa Redblacks (9)

Is it 2022 yet?

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