Week 3 CFL Power Rankings: The Horsemen Stay On Top But Who Will Drop?

More surprises in Week 3 of the CFL season as both Edmonton and Winnipeg remained perfect while B.C. burst into the win column.

How will that factor into this week’s Power Rankings? Check it out!

9 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-2) LW: BYE- Last Ranking #9 (2 Weeks)

A week off for Hamilton is hopefully an opportunity to regroup and refocus after some early season disappointments. While the time off seems to have healed the wounds of receiver Andy Fantuz the same can’t be said for Zach Collaros. The Tabbies will need a very solid effort in Calgary in Week four if they want to find their way out of the basement.

8 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (0-2) LW: 27-11 loss at Edmonton – Last Ranking #8 (2 Weeks)

After a good looking season debut in Winnipeg the REDBLACKS looked pedestrian in their effort in Edmonton in week three. Depth on defence and the search for an offensive identity are holding Ottawa back. Hosting their first home game at the redeveloped Lansdowne Park will be a big boost while the opponents, the Toronto Argonauts, will limp into the nation’s capital in week four.

7 – Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-2) LW: 26-13 loss vs. B.C. – Last Ranking #5

One word says it all in Riderville, YIKES! Talk about a team searching for their identity. The Riders haven’t found a running back which is a big part of the offensive scheme devised by George Cortez. The defence was much improved in week three but they were on the field way too long because of an ineffective offence. The bye week will be a big week to self-assess for the Rider Football Operations.

6 – Toronto Argonauts (1-2) LW 34-15 loss vs. Calgary – Last Ranking #4

Will the real Toronto Argonauts please stand up. Are they the team that dominated the Saskatchewan Roughriders or the team that seemed dazed and confused in the face of adversity? Yes there are some big injuries that the Argos have to deal with a heading into an emotional TD Place Stadium in Ottawa in week four. The Argos will need to dig deep in order to keep and improve their ranking moving forward.

5 – B.C. Lions (1-2) LW: 26-13 win at Saskatchewan – Last Ranking #7

The Lions showed that they indeed have some fight as they walked into a tough Mosaic Stadium and fought their way to a win. The Lions made the most of their opportunities and capitalized on Roughrider mistakes. There still is work to do in B.C. but the team is starting to show more signs of adapting to new philosophies on both sides of the ball.

4 – Montreal Alouettes (1-2) LW: 34-33 loss vs.Winnipeg – Last Ranking #6

The Montreal Alouettes gave Winnipeg a run for their money in week three and in doing so may have proven many of the pundits wrong when it comes to Troy Smith. Smith was pressured but he didn’t crack and he is starting to find some chemistry with the most dangerous receiving corp in the league. The defence is also starting to come on which may allow Montreal to reassert themselves in the East.

3 – Edmonton Eskimos (3-0) LW 27-11 win vs. Ottawa – Last Ranking #3 (3 Weeks)

The Edmonton Eskimos were much more consistent in their week three match-up with Ottawa. The Eskimos moved the ball and showed some ferocity on defence. Yes the three Eskimo wins have come against teams with a combined 1 and 6 record but a win is a win is a win is a win!

2 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers (3-0) LW 34-33 win at Montreal – Last Ranking #5

Blow out win in week one, come from behind win in week two and a last minute victory in week three. The Bombers have character and are learning how to win. I like most expected the Bombers to start to turn things around this season but never in my wildest dreams did I see this start. The Bombers are nipping at the heels of the top spot in this ranking. The only thing is they better start to max-protect Drew Willy as with the hits he’s taking I’m not sure that he’ll be able to stay in the line-up the rest of the season.

1 – Calgary Stampeders (2-0) LW 34-15 win at Toronto – Last Ranking #1 (2 Weeks)

Not a lot of credit is given to the Calgary Stampeders for the way they roll in the face of adversity. Go back to 2013 and the Stamps had to roll with three different starting quarterbacks throughout the course of the season, they lose their go to receiver as well as some key defensive players and all they do is post the best record in the CFL. Fast-forward to 2014 and Calgary without Jon Cornish, Nic Lewis, Maurice Price, Jabari Arthur, and Demonte Bolden stroll into Toronto and upset a club coming off of a dominant win over the defending Grey Cup Champions. The Stamps depth is for real. The foundation that they have established with their systems is solid and their execution is seldom outdone. The Stamps are on top for a second straight week and by a wide margin as well!

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