3DownNation CFL power rankings: Alouettes plummet following home loss to Elks in Danny Maciocia’s sideline debut

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Another week of CFL action is in the books with all four games going down to the wire. There wasn’t much change at the top of our power rankings, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of movement near the bottom.

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 (1)

The Blue Bombers knocked off the previously undefeated Stampeders on the strength of a career day from star receiver Greg Ellingson who made 11 catches for 152 yards. The club has rattled off three wins over a twelve-day period, showing everyone why the two-time defending Grey Cup champions are, well, the two-time defending Grey Cup champions.

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2. Calgary Stampeders (2)

Calgary pushed Winnipeg to the edge but wasn’t able to complete the comeback at IG Field. Bo Levi Mitchell was the victim of a number of drops but still finished the game completing only 42.9 percent of his passes, though Ka’Deem Carey had an excellent day running the ball to improve his average carry to a sparkling 6.5 yards this year.

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3. B.C. Lions (3)

The Lions spent this past week on a bye, giving them another opportunity to self-scout following their first loss of the season. Hamilton is slated to make the cross-country trip to Vancouver on a short week this season, giving B.C. a big advantage when the teams meet on Thursday night.

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4. Saskatchewan Roughriders (4)

The only good news in Riderville this week is that Garrett Marino’s four-game suspension is officially old news. Instead, the focus is on the “major setback” to Cody Fajardo’s knee injury and Duke Williams throwing a helmet at Toronto Argonauts’ defensive back Shaq Richardson. It seems safe to assume there will supplemental discipline handed out to a member of the team for a second consecutive week.

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5. Toronto Argonauts (6)

The Boatmen made life miserable for Cody Fajardo in Touchdown Atlantic as they sacked him five times and recorded three interceptions. McLeod Bethel-Thompson had a solid performance and found Cameron Phillips for a 40-yard touchdown in busted coverage to lift the team to 2-2, giving them sole possession of first place in the East Division.

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6. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8)

Steeltown finally got its first win of the season and it was enough to move them up two spots in our power rankings. Dane Evans avoided throwing any interceptions and tossed the game-winning touchdown with only 19 seconds left in the game. The club is still 1-4 but winning their first game seems like something the Ticats can build on.

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7. Edmonton Elks (7)

Taylor Cornelius showed signs of improvement in his second season, completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 230 yards, a touchdown, and an interception that came off a tipped pass. Edmonton’s record isn’t pretty but getting a second win prevented them from further sliding behind the other teams in a tough West Division.

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8. Montreal Alouettes (5)

The Als fell to 1-4 after coughing up a 19-point lead at home. Even worse, they took 13 penalties for 193 yards one week after head coach Khari Jones was fired for the team’s poor discipline. Danny Maciocia will need to get more out of his team if they’re going to turn their season around in a weak East Division.

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9. Ottawa Redblacks (9)

Caleb Evans played decently in his first start of the season, though the club clearly missed Jeremiah Masoli under centre. The Redblacks won the turnover battle by three and took zero penalties — you read that right, zero penalties — but still managed to find a way to lose. Paul LaPolice’s seat must be starting to feel awfully warm following an 0-5 start.