3Down Power Rankings: Somebody needs to clean up this mess

Just when it looked like the 2018 CFL season was set to separate the wheat from the chaff, Week 4 through a monkey wrench into the old threshing machine. Two home underdogs – the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Toronto Argonauts – eeked out wins against higher ranked squads and now we five have teams with two wins creating a mess in the middle of the table.

Let’s try and figure this out.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

1. Calgary Stampeders (Previous ranking: 1)

Calgary, the only team in the CFL with three victories, was on a bye and so sat back and watched the carnage take place this week. The Stamps are on the road this week in Ottawa with another chance to cement their stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking (or potentially lose it altogether.)

THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Previous ranking: 5)

The Bombers were very solid in their win over B.C. with quarterback Matt Nichols looking comfortable in his first game back from a knee injury and the defence giving the Lions fits. They get the Leos again this week on the back half of a home-and-home.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

3. Ottawa Redblacks (Previous ranking: 4)

Ottawa stormed out to a comfortable lead over Montreal, then cruised home. Teams that take down the Alouettes aren’t generally given much by the way of credit but it was enough to boost the Redblacks one spot.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

4. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Previous ranking: 2)

A loss to the Riders in which they dominated virtually every statistical category was enough to knock the Ticats down a couple of notches but not send them into freefall, a sign the voters aren’t ready to write-off the Tabbies just yet.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

5. Toronto Argonauts (Previous ranking: 7)

James Franklin led the Argos to their first win of the season while James Wilder Jr. finally had a breakout game. Can they do it again this week in Edmonton?

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

6. Edmonton Eskimos (Previous ranking: 3)

Another slow start and some dubious decision-making down the stretch dooms the Esks and sees them drop three spots this week. Hard to know what to make of this team.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

7. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Previous ranking: 9)

The Riders jump all the way to the No. 7 spot after beating the Ticats despite being thoroughly outplayed for much of the game. Nonetheless, a win’s a win.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

8. B.C. Lions (Previous ranking: 6)

The Leos looked very sloppy in the loss to Winnipeg and there are plenty of questions about the job security of starting quarterback Jon Jennings. Not good.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

9. Montreal Alouettes (Previous ranking: 8)

Well, that didn’t take long. The Alouettes are back in the basement from a one-week hiatus after their loss to Ottawa.

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103 Comments on 3Down Power Rankings: Somebody needs to clean up this mess

  1. No confusion at the top
    The Calgary Stampeders, as it is, as it was, as it ever will be, as the universe intents it to be.

  2. Anthony Kaduck // July 9, 2018 at 3:01 pm //

    I believe you meant “Week 4 THREW a monkey wrench…”

    • fannotacoach // July 9, 2018 at 3:12 pm //

      Better correct Stampeding with his use of “intents” while you are at it there Teach!

      • Does that make you feel better?
        Does that change the fact Calgary is the best team by far?

        • 2 points is “by far” in the land of make believe and dark basements.

          • lololol
            Oh Yup
            Leave it to the king of rider fans to selectively chose facts when making a statement.
            Yes 2 points, but of course you “forgot” to mention we have a game in hand on Sask, Win, Edm. Already 1 more win and 2 less loses than all.
            Think you’re going to beat us on the 28??

          • 2 points

          • Stampeding // July 9, 2018 at 4:14 pm //

            Keep dreaming in your imaginary little green world…lol…lol

          • Stampeding // July 9, 2018 at 4:18 pm //

            3-0
            Do you think you’re going to beat us on the 28?

          • Wait until Monty folds like a cheap tent. Then those L,s will mount.

          • why won’t you answer the question??

          • True Green // July 9, 2018 at 9:33 pm //

            Probably not. Calgary is the better team so far this year. It’s not that hard to admit the obvious, you should try it sometime. Instead of playing make believe, an honest unbiased view on all teams is much less repulsive than the view you take.

          • Puck Hog // July 9, 2018 at 9:58 pm //

            Red Jerry, I hope Calgary doesn’t lose a regular season game this year.

        • fannotacoach // July 9, 2018 at 4:17 pm //

          Not aimed at you Red. Just giving Mr Classroom Kaduck a barb. A guy could spend all day correcting posts if he so desired.

        • Thor of Asgard // July 9, 2018 at 5:05 pm //

          Stampendick they are sitting with 1 more victory than the next teams with 2 victories. Plus they didn’t play this last week.
          Don’t worry they will be facing some heat real soon.

        • that would be losses, not loses.
          Not too many good English teachers in an institute for the mentally challenged, I guess.

      • “intents” lol. Well, it is summer. Maybe they’re camping.

  3. Just saying // July 9, 2018 at 3:08 pm //

    I can’t dissagree with this at all.

  4. Stampeding // July 9, 2018 at 3:15 pm //

    Toronto should probably be ahead of Hamilton

    • Stampeding // July 9, 2018 at 3:23 pm //

      Canada’s team at the top again…..yawn….what else is new? ……

      • Many handles, talking out his ass again…yawn…what else is new?…

      • Paul Bomber // July 9, 2018 at 5:01 pm //

        If your sole intent is to bait people and then trade insults when they bite, consider your mission accomplished.
        Too bad all your crap clogs up the comment section preventing people with actual intelligent comments from being seen and heard.

    • Probably, but we will see how the Esks do at home against the Argos. Hamilton got beat by a team with a 2nd and 3rd string QBs. Toronto beat a team that was beaten by Hamilton.

  5. Clayton // July 9, 2018 at 3:29 pm //

    Canadas team don’t make me laugh with that dump you call a stadium!! You just keep pretending there better than they actually are and they’ll show there true colors come November lol!!

  6. Barndog // July 9, 2018 at 3:40 pm //

    The Stampeders aren’t even Calgary’s team. The half empty dump that is McMahon looked even worse with all those empty seats last week. Don’t get me started on the near empty BMO Field.

  7. Although I have trouble with Toronto being in 5th, I don’t see anywhere else they should be. Good job sorting out the mess and coming up with a decent order, well done.

  8. Outplayed? The Riders D & special teams far outplayed the Ticats.

    Also putting the Bombers at #2 is laughable. The only teams they have beaten are the Als & Lions while being beaten by the Esks & Ticats. Riders beat the Grey Cup champs & then defeat the red hot Ticats & they’re at #7. And you wonder why nobody takes you guys seriously.

    • Meh,, slightly better on defense and special teams. Offensively you were crushed.
      An individual micro play decided this game

    • BlueBomberChris // July 9, 2018 at 4:55 pm //

      Migs you claim the Bombers at 2 is laughable given who they’ve beaten…well that same Als the was the one that Saskatchewan couldn’t beat…I see that was missing from your write up as well.

      Now I’ll admit I was a little surprised we were at #2 but this is power rankings and not the standings. You can’t deny (or you can of you’re Area 51) that the Bombers are a better team with Nichols at the helm, now that they have their QB back that may have bumped their ranking up, I don’t know. Either way it’s still a logjam in the west

      If anything we’ve seen the typical carousel of CFL wins where team A will beat team B while team B will beat team C, but team C will beat team A…seems to always happen in the CFL

      • I certainly wasn’t surprised to see you at #2 Chris. You are easily the most solid team at QB, Harris hit his stride and your D looked solid.

        A new week of football is before us, and IMO your Bombers are a lock for second and on the doorstep of the horse heads in the West.

        • BlueBomberChris // July 9, 2018 at 6:49 pm //

          We can only hope Yup…I must say that having the west final at IGF would be a nice change this year whole also giving us both the A.B.C. we both like to see.

          Best of luck this week and season…except for those 3 games 😉

      • MR. Green // July 9, 2018 at 5:32 pm //

        I’m fine with the rankings. It’s not a big deal and rankings don’t win cups. Your last paragraph explains the CFL perfectly.
        Riders you think could be ahead of Toronto,but I think the current QB situation keeps us down. Bombers have a great QB situation. This could finally be your year. I think your D will get stronger.
        Edmonton and Hamilton are at home for the rematch. Odds are they will win the rematch. I can’t see BC winning thier rematch, if Lulay plays the game should be closer. Long ways to go. We know you just need to finish in the top 6. After that, anything can happen.

    • Oh yes, the tire fire that was Toronto and you “beat” Hamilton by way of having one big play at the end of the game when you spun your tires and did nothing all game. You got lucky and you know it.

      The Bombers played Edmonton tough with a raw rookie at QB, dominated an Als team that everyone can seem to be EXCEPT the Riders and played poorly against the cats, no denying that. Then after BC got spanked by Edmonton instead of coming back angry and ready to play their best, BC withered and died against a Bomber teaming coming into it’s own again with Nichols back.

      I’m sorry you’re another delusional rider fan but #7 is exactly where you deserve to be.

    • Ok the Riders are a complete joke this year. They could easily be 0 – 4. Zac is their only hope.

    • Bombs Away! // July 9, 2018 at 9:11 pm //

      Bombers 36 points per game
      Riders 20 points per game
      two touchdown and almost a field goal per game better
      15 offensive TD’s to 4

      And…. you got beat by a team we scored 56 points against with a back up. Laugh that one up!

      • Puck Hog // July 10, 2018 at 2:35 am //

        Bombs, looks like you’ve got all wins against the Riders this year. No use in playing the games, your stats say it all.

    • Paul Bomber // July 9, 2018 at 9:51 pm //

      Questionable on the Blue being #2? Sure. Laughable? No. Try to keep up. They were within 1 or 2 plays of beating Edm, they destroyed Montréal with their backup. They have the most potent offense so far this year which is a continuation of the most productive O from last year.
      Anyway, for my money, I’d personally rather have my boys underrated than overrated… disrespected and angry.

  9. The mess is having these useless power rankings in the first place.

    • Paul Bomber // July 9, 2018 at 9:57 pm //

      No more useless than a puppy chasing it’s tail or a rainbow. Just a little harmless fun.

  10. At least they acknowledge the power rankings are a mess. First thing they need to do is stabilize the blood sugar levels of the contributors. Next they should decide that no team should move more than 2 spots up or down based on one week of play. The only exception maybe being the bombers since they have their starting QB back and he looks in good form. I’m not an EDM fan but I don’t think they should have dropped 3 spots. If Jason Maas makes 1 better decision and gambles on 3rd down late in the game instead of punting they could have won the game and would have risen in the rankings.

    • Keep in mind – Toronto moved up one spot last week, on a bye, with zero wins.

  11. Stampeding 2 is back
    I still say it’s Yup

  12. Stampeding // July 9, 2018 at 4:03 pm //

    Hey Yup, you trying to be me…you must envy me…lol…

    • Envy….? You’ve spun your last nut. Gaurantee nobody on here uses more than one handle other than your sorry ass. And even more disturbing…is you use more than one at a time to carry on a dialog with yourself.

      So desperate for attention it’s beyond pathetic….you really need to make that call.

  13. Mr.Green // July 9, 2018 at 4:15 pm //

    How are the Riders ranked so low? We literally just beat Hamilton, sure it was nt pretty, but we won! Thats all that matters! And Edmonton lost to Toronto, and we beat Toronto……. Trolls! :p

  14. Doug Mc Clintock // July 9, 2018 at 4:23 pm //

    The dark horse here is without doubt is the Toronto Argos ! With the newly crowned QB in our midst and Wilder on fire, just give Wilder the ball 25 times and this pair will win games ! Don’t you guys agree that this ship will not sink again this year with their style of playing ! The boatmen are a sailing.

  15. Green&Gold // July 9, 2018 at 4:25 pm //

    Fun for the fans but mean absolutely nothing. Toronto was not ranked #1 at the end of last season and fhey took home the trophy. Same as Ottawa the year before.

  16. Hamilton, Saskatchewan, and Edmonton are all teams that will continue to move up and down the power rankings all season. Edmonton has no defense due to injuries and bad play calling. Saskatchewan will suffer due to the endless rotating of QB’s, and Hamilton is way too inconsistent.

    Toronto played a good game, but this season Edmonton isn’t the team they should be so it means nothing. Montreal is just bad, so we don’t need to discuss. Winnipeg will continue to improve since Nichols is back in the lineup, and some security since they have a true backup QB. BC is the only team that has a big issue, and no easy answer, but Jennings is NOT a starting QB in this league. Not sure what they see in him, but he can’t play a consistent season, and its just so damn obvious to everyone but the Lions organization.

  17. 3rd and 1 // July 9, 2018 at 5:17 pm //

    If all you clowns that follow that moronic loser Alberta pretend fan are finished. Then we can get back to talking football.
    This power rankings is truly a mess and really has no reasoning. Besides with 9 whole teams it’s kind of a joke.
    I wonder if the original 6 had a power ranking
    November 27 1948 and Chicago and Montreal have traded places. Otherwise the other 4 stay the same.

    • Turd and 1, if the Riders were ranked number one you would be too dizzy to sit atop of your gopher hole that you call home

  18. I think we should get YUP, Stampeding and Area 51 on a live video chat from their mom’s basements

  19. Toronto may finally be turning a corner. They had a weak 2017 (9 – 9, with a couple of improbable playoff wins). Ray, despite his superb history, was/is too slow to stay in the pocket and find the deep receiver anymore: leaving only the short dump game. Let’s see if Franklin can continue the versatility to bring all elements of Toronto’s offense into play. If they can stay on the field and take the pressure off their (slightly weak) defencse, they have a chance.

  20. Seriously, 3D staff? “through a wrench?” Really, you guys get paid to write?

  21. True Green // July 9, 2018 at 6:25 pm //

    I’m not going to complain about the ranking, I think 7th is fair for my team right now. What is interesting though is Riders jump ahead 2 spots after defeating a strong Cats team at home with our backup QB’s and he Bombera jump ahead 3 spots to 2nd after defeating a weak Lions team at home with their starter back in the mix.

    I know this probably wasn’t considered. These guys just lay it out 1-9 then take averages. Tough to make everyone happy. As a Rider fan, I’m used be being an underdog and I’m ok with that. It’s fun being in that position done playoff time when we shine!

    • Good way to look at it, True Green. I was going to make a separate comment similar to your mention. But I fully agree. The Riders are not any more deserving of seventh at this time. Chris Jones has to stop playing charades with his quarterbacks. Bridge should be No: 2 instead of No: 2.5. Hopefully, Collaros will be mended in shape soon and prove his talent. And the offensive line has to play better. But Riders belong in there place at No: 7 as most of the other teams. A lot still to be decided.

      • True Green // July 9, 2018 at 9:42 pm //

        Thanks GR89. And I totally agree, hoping for Zach and for his health. I’m not a big believer in Bridge, but against Montreal I believe he deserve the full 60 minutes to make or break his position. Watford may be the better #2 (yet to be decided) but Bridge has the team experience and should have had the full game. What a mess! None of them are going to look good if our Oline don’t het their shit together or Jones makes some moves there.

    • Paul Bomber // July 9, 2018 at 10:03 pm //

      If I follow you, that you like to see your team ranked “unfairly” low, I totally agree. That said, yeah, a little too much jump in the Bomber ranking, but I do think they’ll get 12-14 wins this year.

  22. Don’t be so sure that Collaros will be the pied piper. Since his injury, 12 games with the tabbies, almost 2 with Rider…equivalent of almost a whole season, and he hasn’t been able to re-invent himself…yet….maybe never. If nobody steps up, they will have to rely heavily on their D.

    • True Green // July 9, 2018 at 9:52 pm //

      I for one am not sure, but i sure am optimistic for his return! Best QB we’ve had since Durant in first half of 2014.

  23. Pennyrocker // July 9, 2018 at 9:30 pm //

    Wow argos ranked 5th after just winning one game all year. What a joke. Riders were out played by the Cats still they have beaten the Argos. Let’s get real with power ranking.

  24. No surprise // July 10, 2018 at 8:26 am //

    I also am not sure why everyone is pinning their hopes on Collaros. He just hasn’t looked that good yet. Against Ottawa, he was 4 for 10 when he went down. From that stand point alone, I wouldn’t rank the Riders too high because their quarterback situation is still a huge question mark. Whereas Toronto appears to have a new and talented starter in Franklin. Don’t forget that Bethel Thompson also looked good when he played. The Riders have yet to prove that they have a reliable starter and that is going to be hard to accomplish with their O line and a quarterback carousel.

    • Then next week we may see the rankings change. Let’s see how the Argos do in Edmonton and a week later how the Riders do against the Ticats on the road.
      Collaros still on the 6 game and not allowed to practice until taken off the IR

  25. An argument could be made that Ottawa and Winnipeg should be flipped if you look at who their wins and losses came against.

    Winnipeg is ranked 2nd despite their 2 wins being against the 8th and 9th ranked teams in the league. They lost to a very average Eskimos team (so far) and were blown out in Hamilton.

    Ottawa’s wins came against marginally better competition, the 7th and 9th ranked teams. Their only loss came on the road in a closely contested battle (until very late in the 4th quarter) against the undefeated Stampeders.

  26. Scientific rankings:

    1) Calgary
    2) Ottawa
    3) Hamilton
    4) Edmonton
    5) Winnipeg
    6) Saskatchewan
    7) Toronto
    8) BC
    9) Montreal

  27. Greg Darr // July 10, 2018 at 11:33 am //

    Babs great job on the rankings! I would agree with them for sure but Winterpeg a head of Eskies.

  28. whoever decides these rankings is clueless

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