Riders send message with convincing road win

Well that was something.

The biggest question facing the Saskatchewan Roughriders this week was pretty simple: could they finally do what they’ve done at home on the road? We’ve seen it before. The Riders, coming off a big win at home, follow it up with a stinker on the road. Whatever the team did this week, it worked. The Riders sent a message to the rest of the CFL on Friday evening, they are no longer pushovers and you better be ready to play no matter where the game is being played. They sent that message with a total team effort.

What’s happening right now is the team is transforming into what we expect from a Chris Jones team. That’s an aggressive play making defence. Jones’ unit not only followed up win over the B.C. Lions with another win, but another dominating effort on defence. The wealth was spread around this time five turnovers coming from five different sources, including not one but two pick-sixes. When they weren’t busy scoring, the defence was making sure that Mike Reilly, an MOP candidate, didn’t look comfortable all nigh. Reilly was sacked just twice but faced pressure all night.

If that wasn’t enough, the Riders got plenty of help from their special teams with a blocked punt by Willie Jefferson that resulted in a touchdown and a returned miss convert by Duron Carter for another two points.

The offence played its part with contributions from Kevin Glenn, Naaman Roosevelt, Duron Carter and Marshall Cameron, just to name a few.

Now let the fun begin with back-to-back games against the red hot Bombers on the horizon. It’s been a while since these games have meant this much.

Game Thoughts

– I seemingly talk about him every week, but it’s impossible not to. I would watch a feed that exclusively showed Willie Jefferson every time he is on the field. Jefferson’s motor never quits and he’s seemingly involved in just about every big play the defence makes. He’s apparently a beast on special teams too now (though, his block had a lot to do with Natey Adjei turning inside of staying with Jefferson who was running straight at him.) At this point, he’s the heavy favourite for the team’s DMOP.

– Offensively, Naaman Roosevelt is that guy worth watching. He made both spectacular and tough catches against Edmonton. When Roosevelt is in that zone, he’s tough to stop. We saw that on Friday night and so did Glenn as he kept going to that well.

– You know it’s your night when Glenn gift wraps one and it’s dropped. He got away with it and made the most of it with a touchdown on the next play.

– Offensive Coordinator Stephen McAdoo still has a knack for making some odd quarterback decisions. Throwing Vernon Adams out in the middle of a promising drive proved to be less costly than doing so with Brandon Bridge in Montreal. Just because it worked with Jordan Lynch doesn’t mean it will always work.

– Some people wondered why Chris Jones didn’t challenge a play in the third quarter when Glenn took a hand to the head. Was it a penalty? Probably. However, the reward wasn’t worth the challenge at that point, if coaches still had a second challenge, then Jones probably throws the flag. It just looks worse with the blocked kick on the following play.

– Trent who? Cameron Marshall continues to be one of the Riders best options on offence. Whenever he’s involved, either on the ground, through the air or both. The team generally has a good night.  Marshall had another 100+ yards of combined offence and a touchdown. Why they were ever looking at Richardson, I don’t know.

– The only real blemish on this game for the Riders was Nic Demski botching a punt that eventually ended up in an Eskimos touchdown. Luckily for Demski the game was basically already over. However, with Christion Jones injured, it doesn’t help his chances of getting another shot.

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson is a Regina-based sports writer, broadcaster and football fanatic.
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64 Comments on Riders send message with convincing road win

  1. Putting up nearly 100 points over two games against western opponents. Yeah I’d say they’very said something. Nice house Mike Reilly. Got to watch who you let in.

  2. RalphInTheCreek // August 26, 2017 at 8:51 am //

    If the Cats can’t be there I’ll be pulling for the Ride.

  3. Mr Curling was flabbergasted to say the least.The dominant O and D lines were the key.The choreographed celebrations were hard to stomach. Mr Curling prefers the “act like you’ve been there before approach” but that’s a small criticism. On to Labor day!

    • nowhereman // August 26, 2017 at 1:18 pm //

      FYI they were mocking the Schmoes celebrations

      • The Eskimos, rather Schmoes, lead in the category of embarrassing summersaults and antics. At first, I was rather insulted by Saskatchewan’s doing. But, hey, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Nice to see Saskatchewan putting on a show with a few extra curricular’s for an organization, rather, person that states, “Not in our damned house.”

        • White Horse // August 26, 2017 at 4:33 pm //

          Touchdown antics are really getting ridiculous again. Every team in the league could stop and save us all the tiring post touch down junk. It just isn’t entertaining.

  4. Glad for KevinGlenn ! Way to go guy.

  5. 2 thoughts;
    Whose house, Reilly? Talk the talk but can’t walk the walk.

    John chick goes from loser Hamilton to now loser Edmonton. Perhaps he is to blame for both lousy defences? Probably not, but unlucky for him.

  6. IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 26, 2017 at 10:00 am //

    It seems for fans want to gloat about Reilly having to eat his words than they are about the win. What’s it really about for you?

    • Horsie. Your inability to perceive the irony in your post is astounding. You are not in a position to lecture anyone on glouting.

      Reilly is an old pro. He should have known better. You don’t diss the opposition.

      • White Horse // August 26, 2017 at 4:35 pm //

        I missed Reillys remarks. What did he say?

        • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 26, 2017 at 5:04 pm //

          He just said commonwealth was his house in response to some reporter asking him about that myth of rider fans over running everyone’s stadiums

    • And what do you do, Horsee? Who is always gloating about the Stamps records, Bo Levi Mitchel, etc.? Excuse me, you’re one to talk about gloating? By the way, are you seeing red today? No, that’s not Stampeder red.

  7. Dan Bombers // August 26, 2017 at 10:03 am //

    Huge win and thank you from a bomber fan will be a battle next week !!

    • Can’t wait Dan,always love the back to back games against your Bombers. Your team is hot and according to horse my Riders are complete garbage with a whole lotta luck so here’s hoping for some good football.

      One more thing…GO ARGOS !!!

  8. So, Joel Gasson. Your list of backhanded comments on the heels of a great win like this ties this article in with your last one. Here you say, “When Roosevelt is in that zone, he’s tough to stop. We saw that on Friday night and so did Glenn as he kept going to that well.” Roosevelt is on track for 1400 yards receiving this year, clear all-star numbers and 200 yards better than Dressler’s best year. Last year he had 1100 yards in 11 games(!), on pace for 1800 yards before he got injured. Roosevelt has undeniable all-star potential. No legitimate commentator would even think of suggesting otherwise. But last week you also suggested that at 29 he might be too old. I’m going to hazard a guess that you don’t think Ellingson or Sinopoli are too old. A quick survey shows that most of the top receivers are around that age, and some are quite a bit older, so clearly facts are not a concern of yours in either of these two articles. Last week you suggested that the only star, or “cornerstone”, player on the team was Jefferson. Let’s look at a few more facts. Muamaba was an all-star *before* he went to the NFL, and there’s no reason to believe he won’t be one again this year, and in the years to come, but somehow you were unable to acknowledge that. Ed Gainey had 4 interceptions in the game before you wrote that article! He was close to being an all-star last year and I would say he’s likely to be one this year. In any event he has clear all-star potential and, especially on the heels of a 4 interception game, no legitimate commentator would even think of suggesting otherwise. And there are a number of others. Antigha had two sacks last game and another this game. Leonard had one in each, and this from a couple converted TEs! Who would have thought it? Well, Chris Jones saw it in them, and now we’re seeing it. And there are more. I would bet that Rogers will be an all-star this year. Back on offence we have Marshall and Holley who both have clear star potential.
    –continued later

    • Check

    • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 26, 2017 at 10:28 am //

      Is it about the riders winning or you wanting to prove the writers of 3downnation wrong? Enjoy your win. The riders body of work is far too small to call all these guys cornerstones to a dynasty yet.

    • Lancaster/Reed // August 26, 2017 at 4:32 pm //

      One thing you can say about Joel Gasson, he isnt a homer.

    • Con’t
      And then there’s Duron Carter, who is an elite athlete by any measure, and who has made circus catches and contributed not only on offence and special teams, but on defence as well. And yet he didn’t even earn a mention from you in your last article!?

      I’m going to ask some blunt questions now. Does your idea of a “cornerstone” player look more like Chick, Dressler and Getzlaf? Does the colour of a player’s skin influence your impression of whether they could become an all-star or a “cornerstone” player? I’m afraid from your last two articles I have to conclude that it does.

  9. Note :

    TSN – not quite sure what has happened with your ‘game day production’ of the CFL
    It looks very cheesy this season and camera work this year – is a laugh , are you trying to downgrade production values , so the next round of contracts with the CFL , your corp gets cheaper ?

    C’mon kids – you even ran a NFL game last night head to head with the CFL game last night , very very amateurish
    TSN – you are making your competition in Sports Networks look attractive!!

    Commissioner – take note !

    • Paul Bomber // August 26, 2017 at 10:42 am //

      Agreed… TSN has been going down-hill ever since they cornered the market on CFL games. And tired of ALWAYS getting the ‘B’ team and that total idiot Rod Black for every-single-Bomber game. How can one person say so many dumb things in one 3 hour stretch? Then to do it week after week? He should stick to figure skating.

      • Paul Bomber // August 26, 2017 at 10:53 am //

        Although… it’s been easier to take without Shultz. I get the impression he is dealing with a difficult personal situation, and I don’t wish ill on him, but every time he opened his mouth, I went straight for the 30-second-jump button.

      • Tennis and Soccer Network

      • Tracy Jackman // August 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm //

        Thank you for spelling out that he needs to stick to figure skating!

  10. CFL rocks!! Good to see loyal Rider fans rewarded for their patience. Don’t like Coach Jones’ personal style but the Riders’ resurgence, if it is sustainable, is great for the League. Would love to see the Argos go on a tear. That is … after Labour Day.

  11. IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 26, 2017 at 10:55 am //

    I would encourage all CFL fans to take pause today and remember the members of the CFL family with loved ones in the Texas gulf coast. You are in our prayers.

  12. The Eskimos will be lucky to win one game in their back to back with Calgary. Great game for the Riders.Their athletes are finally playing.

    On TSN — Is Chris Schultz still on the Broadcasts?

    • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 26, 2017 at 11:41 am //

      I heard Chris Schultz is taking some personal time. He lost his father this past spring so that may have something to do with it. He is expected back.
      I like Schultz the best. He doesn’t have the strong personality of Dunigan and Stegall yet he can hold his own with them

  13. Good win but I want expecting that. As Mr Curling mentioned above, the Riders d-line put pressure and huts on Reilly all night. Reilly was rattled (and probably) sore and was a little hesitant and bad with some reads and the much improved secondary took advantage.

    Looking forward to the Labour Day classic and hopefully the d-line can put that much pressure on Nichols. Don’t think the bombers should be looking forward to 9-2 now. As Herm Edwards said “that’s why we play the game!”

    • Nope Riders13….Edmonton didn’t play well and we were just lucky enough to eke out this win in Commonwealth Stadium given our mediocre play. The stumps however are an absolute powerhouse that bleed talent right from the front office to the horse trailer. I hope we can round up enough players to even play the next two games.

      • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 26, 2017 at 12:47 pm //

        lol Don’t be silly. You are talking all I’ve said out of context

        • NO, it just sounds silly to you when someone ELSE does it. Perhaps you can re-readthe’Troll’ thread and this one over agin and the light might come on.

          • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 26, 2017 at 1:32 pm //

            Look fair point.
            The stampeders body of work is pretty lengthy and whether you or rider fans like it or not that earns a little brag time. 2 big wins by the riders simply isn’t enough to declare anything.

          • Ya know what Dave….I’ve changed my mind. I can cheer for your Lions after all if you’re picking up what I’m laying down.. haha. And of course Go Argos !!

          • Oh gheeze Dave…..sorry we have to listen to Rod Black talk about fashion,geography and little cared about facts during a football game.

    • White Horse // August 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm //

      I am impressed with the riders smack-mouth wuppin of the Esks. Sets up Labour Day for four teams. McDonald’s..lovin it!

  14. Wasn’t expecting that

  15. I think when Vernon Adams becomes the #1 guy there, you guys will be scary.

  16. riderontheisland // August 26, 2017 at 1:37 pm //

    Great performance from the Riders and wow was it fun to watch. Jones is looking like a very smart man right now and it’s only going to get better.

  17. Kudos to Riders but still a long way to go. Should Calgary & BC win, they.ve made up ground on one team -Edmonton. My question? Are Riders that good or is it partly because Jennings had his worst game as a pro & Reilly one of his worst games, including that 4 win season. Glenn was good, not great & had 2 easy picks dropped – 30 pts off T/O. It was a little too easy. But a win is a win is a win.

    • Don’t suppose it could be the pressure put on a couple of quality QB’s by a fired up defense that contributed to their poor play ??

    • The Riders are that good. You can’t see it, won’t see it because you have to admit you’re wrong or a hater. But the Riders are that good.

      • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 26, 2017 at 5:01 pm //

        Two games will not determine how good the riders are

        • The last two games are a good indication and I don’t expect you to see anything but a rouge haze through your eyes so the comment can’t hold a feather. Once TO dispatches with the Stumps today, Stumps will soon find themselves the seller dweller in the west. Can’t happen to a better bunch of fans.

          • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 26, 2017 at 6:05 pm //

            That’s a pretty long fall.
            FYI I just got new glasses. My eye site is better than never 🙂

        • Are u STILL at it…………

      • White Horse // August 26, 2017 at 7:39 pm //

        Oh Boy…here it comes…the rider greatness!
        As soon as they have beaten the best in the league then you can start yapping. Riders have two tough games coming up…then let’s talk!

        • riderontheisland // August 28, 2017 at 11:27 am //

          who are you kidding because the Riders could win 10 straight and all of you moron haters would have excuses to try and downplay it. We just dominated and embarrassed the first place team at home. No excuses welcome.

  18. I will have to admit C.Jones has got the defense rocking he is a great defensive coach and its starting to shine good on you C Jones i was a hater but you are turning things around

    • greenrider89 // August 26, 2017 at 2:53 pm //

      Not southwest cowboy or patience by any chance? Don’t need any bandwagon hop-a-longs.

      • White Horse // August 26, 2017 at 7:51 pm //

        Rider fans now jumping on C. Jones bandwagon……You still don’t have a QB.
        If you put your eggs in V. Adam’s basket, that will take minimum to years to find out if he can cut it. Look at J.Jennings who has been reading his own press clippings. Not impressed after Ottawa dispatched the Lions. Glad we don’t, have to endure the Manny show either for the last three games!

  19. mrincomprehensible // August 26, 2017 at 2:22 pm //

    Great game all parts of the team. Cameron Marshall channelling Nik Lewis with that hurdle to the end zone! Rosie playing his usual sure handed game. Carter, well he was Carter but he does have talent. Bagg contributes like the veteran he is. Then the great guys on defense! Kind of overshadowed the coming of Chick to the EE and the return of Sewell to join Willis. Gainey had his hands on a lot of balls again! On fire! Looking forward to the next two!

  20. IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 26, 2017 at 4:14 pm //

    It was a big win no doubt about it

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