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3Down power rankings: Defending champs climb after knocking out Riders

Even if you don’t want to admit it, there were a lot of people doubting the reigning Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders prior to their game in Saskatchewan during Week 4.

Calgary had just placed franchise quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell on the six-game injured list with a pectoral injury and Nick Arbuckle was set to make his first career start. More pundits were picking the Riders to win, but the Stampeders put it on the green and white with a resounding 37-10 victory. That caused Calgary to be the biggest move – up or down – of the week.

The power rankings are done by having 3Down contributors rank each team from No. 1 to No. 9. The team with the fewest “points” gets the top ranking with each subsequent club receiving rankings two through nine. The previous week’s rankings are listed in brackets.

Matt Nichols avoided serious injury and the Bombers remained the only undefeated team league-wide. Double win.

2. Calgary Stampeders (5)

Bo Levi Mitchell watched in sunglasses and a bandana from the sidelines as his understudy played efficient football in a hostile environment. Never count Calgary out.

3. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2)

William Stanback put the Ticats’ collective ego back in check. Orlondo Steinauer’s group should have been 4-0 for the first time since 1989.

4. Edmonton Eskimos (3)

Somehow Edmonton dropped below Hamilton while on a bye and the Eskimos don’t have a loss to Montreal on their record this season.

5. Ottawa Redblacks (4)

If not for Ryan Lankford the Redblacks could have had a much better chance to take down the Bombers. He paid the price for the blunder and is looking for a job.

6. Saskatchewan Roughriders (6)

Cody Fajardo’s magic two-game run came to a screeching halt against Calgary. The Stampeders held him to less than 100 yards passing. Fajardo has a bye week to prepare for a bounce-back outing.

6. Montreal Alouettes (8)

William Stanback was running downhill all game long against the Ticats. Put the ball in his hands more Montreal.

8. B.C. Lions (7)

The Lions barely escaped Toronto with a win – falling to 0-4 in the West could’ve meant an early end to the season.

9. Toronto Argonauts (9)

The loss the Argos and Macbeth suffered was a pure tragedy.


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