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CFL Week 3 Power Rankings

1) Saskatchewan Roughriders (Last Week: 2)

The Roughriders climb to the top of the rankings following a nice win against the Ottawa Redblacks. The Riders are the CFL’s last remaining undefeated team, and quarterback Cody Fajardo is currently ranked 2nd in the league in both passing yards (773 yards) and passing touchdowns (4 touchdowns). The defense has played well, having no issues creating pressure, with defensive lineman Jonathan Woodard currently leading the league in sacks with 5. Saskatchewan will have a bye in week 4 and will host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in week 5.

2) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Last Week: 1)

Winnipeg is coming off their second straight game versus the Toronto Argonauts, having won the first game, but losing the second. The Bombers threw the ball well, with quarterback Zach Collaros finding himself ranked 3rd in the league in passing yards (713 yards) and 1st in passing touchdowns (6 touchdowns), but they struggled to run the ball against the Argos for the 2nd week in a row. Still missing one of their best players in running back Andrew Harris, the Bombers still look to be one of the CFL’s teams to beat. They’ll host the Calgary Stampeders in week 4.

3) Toronto Argonauts (Last Week: 4)

Quarterback Nick Arbuckle would get his first start of the season for the Argonauts in a game where they’d claim victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, splitting the season series. Arbuckle played great in his first game of the year, completing 23/32 passes (71.9% comp) for 310 yards and 1 touchdown. Additionally, former Arizona Cardinals and newly signed Argo’s running back DJ Foster would get his first start and take advantage of the opportunity, rushing for 101 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. The Argo’s were set to host the Elks in week 4, but the game has been postponed due to several Elks players testing positive for Covid-19.

4) Montreal Alouettes (Last Week: 3)

The Alouettes move down a spot in the rankings following a loss to the Calgary Stampeders, who started rookie quarterback Jake Maier in place of the injured Bo Levi Mitchell. Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr had a solid day through the air, but with receivers dropping a decent amount of passes, and the defense allowing a number of big plays for the Calgary offense, it was not enough to come out with a win. Montreal is a very talented team that is still figuring a few things out; they’ll host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Week 4.

5) Calgary Stampeders (Last Week: 7)

The Stampeders saved themself from an 0-3 start to the season, getting a big win over the Montreal Alouettes with backup quarterback Jake Maier filling in for the injured Bo Levi Mitchell, finishing the game having completed 16/29 passes (55.2% comp) for 304 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. Additionally, running back Ka’Deem Carey would rush 14 times for 62 yards and 2 touchdowns. The defense also played well, with defensive back Royce Metchie picking off Montreal quarterback Vernon Adams. Calgary will travel to Winnipeg in Week 4 for a difficult matchup against the Blue Bombers.

6) BC Lions (Last Week: 5)

The Lions took a rough loss in week 3 to the Edmonton Elks, who held BC’s offense to only 128 passing yards and running back Shaq Cooper to only 35 rushing yards. The defense played fairly well, but it was not enough to get the job done for the Lions. They’ll look to turn things around when they travel to Ottawa in week 4 to face the Redblacks.

7) Edmonton Elks (Last Week: 9)

The Elks got their first win of the season versus the Lions, and the redzone struggles seem to have faded away for now. Despite just getting their first win, quarterback Trevor Harris is currently leading the CFL in passing yards (862 yards), and running back James Wilder Jr. is leading the league in rushing yards (301 yards). The defense has played extremely well this season, and that continued against the lions, holding them to 184 yards of total offense in the win. If the Elks keep these numbers up, and finding the endzone is no longer a struggle, they could quickly climb the rankings in the coming weeks. The Elks were set to travel to Toronto in Week 4 to face the Argo’s, but the game has been postponed due to a few Elks players testing positive for Covid-19.

8) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Last Week: 6)

The Ti-Cats had a bye in week 3, but have moved down the rankings due to the quality performances of multiple other teams. Hamilton currently has one of the worst-ranked offenses in the league, but they will try to turn things around in week 4 when they travel to Montreal to face the Alouettes.

9) Ottawa Redblacks (Last Week: 8)

The Ottawa Redblacks offense looks abysmal and is currently ranked at the bottom of the league in both rushing and passing offense. In their last game, quarterback Matt Nichols completed 19/24 passes (79.2% comp) for 176 yards and 1 interception, while running back Timothy Flanders would only rush for 35 yards on 8 carries versus the Roughriders. The defense has actually played very well through the first few weeks, but with no help from the offensive side of the ball, it is very difficult to move them up the rankings. They’ll host the BC Lions in Week 4.

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