3DownNation CFL power rankings: Riders ride to the No. 1 spot

Photo courtesy: Saskatchewan Roughriders

The 3DownNation power rankings are back following the first week of action in the 2022 CFL regular season.

There’s plenty of movement on the list, including a new team at the top spot, two significant risers, and an East Division powerhouse falling a whopping five spots. Our bottom-ranked team from last week remained in the basement and, if you watched this past week’s games, you can probably guess which team it is.

Our power rankings are created by having eleven of our contributors rank each team from No. 1 to No. 9 independently, then averaging out the scores. The previous week’s rankings are in brackets.

Enjoy the rankings and feel free to roast us on Twitter for anything you think we got wrong.

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1. Saskatchewan Roughriders (2)

The Riders have leapt to the top spot in our rankings after its defence dominated the Ticats on Saturday, recording five takeaways and eight sacks. Cody Fajardo looked solid and seems to have rediscovered his chemistry with Shaq Evans, who led the game with four receptions for 92 yards.

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2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1)

The Blue and Gold may have won in Week 1 but the club was noticeably outplayed by the visiting Redblacks. The defence gave up a number of deep passes, Zach Collaros was held to under 200 yards, and running backs Brady Oliveira and Johnny Augustine were held in check by Ottawa’s front-seven.

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3. Ottawa Redblacks (6)

The Redblacks may not have come away with a win in Week 1 but it’s easy to see why they jumped up three spots in our rankings. Jeremiah Masoli threw for a league-best 380 yards, Jaelon Acklin torched Winnipeg’s secondary, and Ottawa’s defence held Winnipeg’s vaunted rushing attack to just 50 yards over 19 carries.

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4. Calgary Stampeders (5)

The Stamps completed a late comeback at home over Montreal on the strength of a 38-yard field goal from Rene Paredes. Bo Levi Mitchell had a middling performance — 199 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception — before leaving the game late due to an ankle injury that has left his availability for Week 2 uncertain.

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5. B.C. Lions (8)

It was a great night for the Lions on and off the field on Saturday as the club rolled to a massive win over Edmonton in front of over 34,000 fans. Canadian quarterback Nathan Rourke silenced his doubters early, completing 89.7 percent of his passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns while rushing seven times for 78 yards and two scores.

Photo courtesy: AP Photo/Larry MacDougal

6. Toronto Argonauts (4)

The Boatmen were on a bye in Week 1 and fell two spots without playing a game, which hardly seems fair. They’ll open their regular season at BMO Field on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. ET when the Montreal Alouettes come to town.

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7. Montreal Alouettes (7)

The Als came close to knocking off Calgary at home but were unable to hold their ten-point lead in the second half. Perennial all-star running back William Stanback has been added to the six-game injured list after suffering a broken ankle, raising questions as to how effectively Montreal will be able to move the ball in his absence.

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8. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (3)

The Ticats were outclassed at Mosaic Stadium, particularly on offence as Dane Evans turned the ball over four times and was sacked eight times by Saskatchewan’s fearsome front-four. The silver-lining for fans in Steeltown is that the club’s defence held the Riders’ offence mostly in check for three quarters in a hostile environment.

Photo courtesy: Jeff Vinnick/BC Lions

9. Edmonton Elks (9)

The first game of the new Chris Jones era in Edmonton was an unmitigated disaster as the Elks got blasted 59-15 in Vancouver. The defence was virtually non-existent, Nick Arbuckle threw three interceptions, and the offensive line allowed four sacks. It’s a long season but Edmonton already looks to be in a lot of trouble.