3DownNation CFL power rankings: Riders fall after home loss to Argos

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Week 7 of the CFL season is officially in the books, bringing change to the bottom two-thirds of our rankings. Who moved up? Who moved down? Check it out below.

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)

Winnipeg keeps finding new ways to win and did so this past week despite Zach Collaros completing only seven passes and tossing two interceptions. The offence was out of sync but the defence made up for it, holding the Elks to field goals each time they entered the red zone. Winning with an anemic offence isn’t sustainable, but that shouldn’t be a problem for Winnipeg after Nic Demski and Greg Ellingson return from injury.

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2. Calgary Stampeders (2)

The Stamps were on a bye this past week, which allowed them extra time to review the film from their recent loss to Winnipeg. Their opponent this week? Winnipeg — only this time, the game will be played in the friendly confines of McMahon Stadium. Buckle up, CFL fans. This matchup has ‘game of the week’ written all over it.

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3. B.C. Lions (3)

The Lions snuck by the visiting Ticats in a late Thursday night game that some eastern fans may have had trouble staying awake for. Lucky Whitehead had his best game of the year, making eight catches for 111 yards and a touchdown, while the defence stiffened when it mattered with Marcus Sayles and Loucheiz Purifoy knocking down key third-down passes to end a pair of late Hamilton drives.

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4. Toronto Argonauts (5)

Andrew Harris was a monster against the Riders on Sunday, recording 188 yards from scrimmage on 34 touches to lead his team to a 31-21 victory. He also became the first Canadian player ever to reach 10,000 career rushing yards, which is a pretty remarkable feat for the 35-year-old. It’s amazing how a couple of solid wins have made everyone forget about Toronto’s 44-3 loss to B.C. from Week 3.

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5. Saskatchewan Roughriders (4)

The Riders are coming off a week from hell during which they dealt with a suspension to Duke Williams, Cody Fajardo’s worsening knee injury, and a COVID-19 outbreak that caused the postponement of their game against Toronto. The good news? The club only has one more game to go before they reach a much-needed Week 9 bye. The bad news? It’s against the B.C. Lions.

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6. Montreal Alouettes (8)

Trevor Harris had a standout performance against Ottawa, throwing for 341 yards and two touchdowns to give Danny Maciocia his first win as the team’s head coach. The defence was suspect at times — Ottawa recorded 482 yards of offence — while penalties remain a problem after the club took eight for 108 yards.

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7. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6)

The Ticats overcame a short week and a long flight to give B.C. a fight but were ultimately unable to earn their second win of the season. The good news for Hamilton is their schedule is giving them the opportunity to fight all the way back to first place in the East Division with six-straight games against the first-place Toronto Argonauts (four) and second-place Montreal Alouettes (two).

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8. Edmonton Elks (7)

The Elks lost by 14 points this past weekend, though that’s hardly a true indication of how they played. Taylor Cornelius showed signs of improvement — he even ran 15 times for 59 yards — and the defence limited Winnipeg to just 274 yards of offence. If this team ever finds a way to finish drives in the red zone, they might not end up permanently sequestered to the basement of the West Division.

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9. Ottawa Redblacks (9)

Things continue to go awry for the winless Redblacks. The offence finally clicked with Caleb Evans at the helm but the defence allowed 441 yards and 40 points in a poor effort. Ottawa was still in a position to tie the game with less than a minute remaining but veteran Darvin Adams had an uncharacteristic drop, leading to the team’s sixth consecutive loss.