3DownNation CFL power rankings: B.C. Lions continue dramatic descent

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Week 14 of the CFL’s regular season has come and gone with only three games on the slate for this upcoming week. The top third of our rankings remained unchanged, though the rest of the list saw a number of shakeups including a new (old) team in dead last.

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 dominated the Banjo Bowl, scoring on each of their first eight offensive drives for a season-high 54 points. Zach Collaros showed why he is the front-runner to win Most Outstanding Player for a second consecutive year, throwing for 273 yards and four touchdowns in a little over three quarters of work. Now 12-1, it seems like a foregone conclusion that the Blue Bombers will be hosting the West Final on Sunday, Nov. 13.

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2. Calgary Stampeders (2)

Dave Dickenson’s team completed the four-game season sweep over Edmonton in style, pummelling their provincial rival once again at Commonwealth Stadium. Calgary has widely been considered the second-best team in the CFL since Nathan Rourke underwent foot surgery, though there’s one thing they’ve yet to do this season: beat an opponent that’s above average.

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3. Toronto Argonauts (3)

It was hardly a masterpiece, but the Argos did enough to avoid a late comeback attempt from Ottawa and maintain their four-point lead over Montreal in the standings. Kurleigh Gittens Jr. had a signature game with eight catches for 161 yards and a touchdown, which could help put him over the top for Most Outstanding Canadian in the East Division.

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4. Saskatchewan Roughriders (5)

It might seem odd for a team to move up a spot after losing by 34 points, but Saskatchewan never had a chance in the Banjo Bowl given the digestive fireworks taking place in the team’s locker room. Cody Fajardo looked sharper than he has in weeks and the offensive line held up well in the first half. The Riders are below .500 for the first time this season but there are small reasons for optimism now that the toughest portion of their schedule is over.

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5. Montreal Alouettes (7)

Montreal’s defence took full advantage of B.C.’s sloppy quarterback play on Friday, allowing only 251 yards of offence and recording two takeaways and five sacks. Walter Fletcher had his best game as a member of the Alouettes since being acquired via trade back in June, though the offence still clearly misses having William Stanback in the backfield. The good news is that the punishing ball-carrier could return from a broken ankle by October.

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6. B.C. Lions (4)

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to believe that B.C. was recently considered arguably the best team in the CFL. Antonio Pipkin engineered only three drives of more than four plays in his first start of the year and found the end zone just once, generating a measly ten points. This is officially the lowest the Lions have ranked since they opened the season in the No. 8 spot prior to their 59-15 dismantling of the Edmonton Elks in Week 1.

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7. Ottawa Redblacks (6)

All good things must come to an end, which evidently includes the Redblacks’ two-game winning streak. Nick Arbuckle threw his first interception since being acquired by the team in July and struggled to get much going on offence, failing to find the end zone until the fourth quarter. Ottawa’s defence was dominant against the run but allowed McLeod Bethel-Thompson to throw for a season-high 365 yards through the air.

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8. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (9)

The good news for Ticats fans? The team moved up a spot in our rankings despite being on a bye this past week. The bad news? Theyr’e scheduled to host Winnipeg this week. Yikes. The Blue Bombers played arguably their best game of the season in the Banjo Bowl and Hamilton will have to be at the top of their game if they hope to keep things close.

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9. Edmonton Elks (8)

Edmonton has officially tied the CFL’s all-time record with 14 consecutive home losses, matching Ottawa’s dubious mark set in 1987-88. The team has allowed 46 or more points in four different games this season as the defence continues to struggle. The silver lining? Kevin Brown looks like a nice find at running back after recording 10 carries for 91 yards.