3DownNation CFL power rankings: B.C. Lions leap into top spot

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We’re back for another set of power rankings following the third week of action in the CFL regular season.

We’ve got a new No. 1 and it’s a team that hasn’t been at the top of our power rankings in years. The top and bottom of the rankings held mostly stable but there were some big shake-ups in the middle with the Montreal Alouettes climbing three spots and the Saskatchewan Roughriders dropping four.

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. B.C. Lions (3)

The Leos didn’t lose any momentum during their bye week, crushing the Argos by 41 points. Nathan Rourke is an early front-runner to win Most Outstanding Player and leads in the league in touchdown passes, quarterback rating, and completion percentage. B.C. is now 2-0 after outscoring its opponents by a combined score of 103-18.

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2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1)

Winnipeg’s self-proclaimed ‘Dark Side’ defence made life miserable for the Ticats in Week 3, delivering a number of punishing hits that led to two late interceptions. The running game has yet to generate yardage consistently, but Zach Collaros threw for his first 300-yard passing game of the season.

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3. Calgary Stampeders (4)

Bo Levi Mitchell took full advantage of Edmonton’s porous pass defence, throwing for 321 yards and a touchdown. His favourite target on the day was Malik Henry, who had a breakout performance with six catches for 173 yards and a score. The Stampeders have this week off before a second date with the Elks on July 7.

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4. Ottawa Redblacks (5)

The Redblacks were on a bye this past week, standing pat at 0-2. The club’s schedule doesn’t get any easier this week — after back-to-back games against the two-time defending Grey Cup champions to open the season, Ottawa is set to host the red-hot B.C. Lions on Thursday.

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5. Montreal Alouettes (8)

The Als took full advantage of a tired Riders squad, sacking Cody Fajardo eight times, generating three turnovers, and lighting up Saskatchewan’s defence for 37 points. Trevor Harris looked solid in his first start of the season, completing 72.7 percent of his passes for 262 yards and a touchdown.

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6. Saskatchewan Roughriders (2)

The Riders faltered in Week 3, losing to Montreal by a score of 37-13. Cody Fajardo played arguably his worst game in green and white, while his teammates racked up 11 penalties for 106 yards. To make matters worse, star receiver Shaq Evans will miss the next six-to-eight weeks due to a fractured ankle.

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7. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7)

The Ticats took a step back following their collapse in Week 2, getting outclassed by the Blue Bombers at IG Field. The defence got home for four sacks but the offence lacked consistency, generating just 269 yards. Something will have to give this week with the Elks visiting Tim Hortons Field in a battle of 0-3 teams.

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8. Toronto Argonauts (6)

McLeod Bethel-Thompson had a miserable performance in Vancouver and was seen arguing with head coach Ryan Dinwiddie after being pulled from the game. The defence wasn’t any better, giving up 583 yards despite injuries to Bryan Burnham and James Butler. Things won’t get any easier for the club this week with Winnipeg set to come to town.

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9. Edmonton Elks (9)

The Elks carried a lead into the second half at McMahon Stadium but were unable to close out the game on top. Nick Arbuckle appears to have developed a solid connection with Manny Arceneaux but threw an untimely interception late in the third quarter. This team simply isn’t consistent enough to compete right now.