3DownNation CFL power rankings: Bombers recapture top spot from prairie foes

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The second week of the 2022 CFL regular season is in the books, which means we’re back for another edition of our power rankings.

We have a new team in the top spot — albeit by a razor-thin margin — while a number of clubs held steady in the mid-to-low end of the rankings. The biggest surprise might be the B.C. Lions who have continued to climb the list after starting the season as our No. 8-ranked team.

3DownNation’s 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. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2)

The Blue and Gold have moved back into our top spot after a gutsy win on the road over the new-look Redblacks. Winnipeg’s defence has given up a league-worst 355.5 passing yards per game but that hasn’t translated into scoring as the club has allowed only 29 points through two games.

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2. Saskatchewan Roughriders (1)

The Riders won by double digits at Commonwealth Stadium, though the club didn’t dominate Edmonton the way many anticipated. One area of concern for the club should be the health of stalwart offensive lineman Dan Clark, who suffered what the head coach Craig Dickenson believes could be a serious ankle injury late in the game.

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3. B.C. Lions (5)

Amar Doman’s club was on a bye in Week 2 but still found a way to climb up our rankings. B.C. is set to host the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday where they’ll look to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2016.

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4. Calgary Stampeders (4)

The Stamps erased a 24-point deficit on the road to beat the Ticats in overtime, holding steady in our rankings. The best news of the night for Calgary may have been the play of franchise quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, who recorded his second 300-yard passing game since the 2019 season.

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5. Ottawa Redblacks (3)

The club coughed up another close game to the defending Grey Cup champions but there are still plenty of reasons for optimism in the nation’s capital. Ottawa is ranked second in the CFL with 412.5 offensive yards per game, while Jeremiah Masoli leads the league with 711 passing yards through two contests.

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6. Toronto Argonauts (6)

The Double Blue looked a little rusty on offence coming off a Week 1 bye but the defensive front-seven was stout, shutting down Montreal’s running game and getting home for three sacks. He left the game late with a suspected hamstring injury but Andrew Harris looked good in his Argos debut, recording 110 yards from scrimmage.

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7. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8)

A 24-point lead wasn’t enough to get the Ticats their first win of the season following a second-half collapse to Calgary. A reconfigured offensive line did a better job of protecting franchise quarterback Dane Evans but there are still questions in Hamilton, including how they plan to ignite a sluggish running game.

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8. Montreal Alouettes (7)

The Als were painfully close to winning in Week 2 before second-year kicker David Côté pushed a 21-yard field goal wide left. Ouch. The club also appears to have entered a quarterback controversy with head coach Khari Jones pulling Vernon Adams Jr. early in the second quarter in favour of veteran backup Trevor Harris.

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9. Edmonton Elks (9)

The Green and Gold have now lost nine-straight regular season home games and that trend may not change anytime soon with Calgary and Winnipeg set to visit in July. A silver-lining for Elks fans? Nick Arbuckle and Kenny Lawler to seem to have developed quick chemistry, connecting 12 times for 149 yards and a touchdown against Saskatchewan.