Redblacks chop Riders back down to earth in blowout win

Lisa Wallace, Canadian Press

It’s only one win, but the way the Ottawa Redblacks went about it was most impressive.

Ottawa posted a 40-17 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday night in its season opener with quarterback Trevor Harris throwing two touchdowns and 345 yards.

Harris was impressive going 26 for 36 with one interception, but the Redblacks defence was aggressive and unrelenting, making life difficult for Saskatchewan’s QBs.

“The big thing was creating those turnovers,” said Ottawa head coach Rick Campbell. “That’s kind of what we were missing last year, we did a lot of good things, but we kind of missed those big plays and (Thursday) you saw they were moving the ball and we came up with some big interceptions that totally kills the momentum for them.”

Things didn’t go so well for the Roughriders (1-1), who lost starting quarterback Zach Collaros in the second quarter as he underwent concussion protocol.

Sakatchewan head coach Chris Jones said there was no further update following the game.

Collaros, who was sacked in the first quarter, completed four of 10 passes for 106 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, in his brief appearance.

Brandon Bridge stepped in to replace Collaros and struggled, going 13 for 22 for 145 yards with one interception.

Jones gave full credit to the Redblacks for making life difficult for his QBs.

“We weren’t able to get pressure and they were,” said Jones. “They were able to get pressure on our quarterback and move us off our spot and again that’s the difference in the game.

“They affected our quarterback and we didn’t affect theirs.”

The Redblacks got significant contributions from rookie kicker Lewis Ward, who went 3 for 4 in his CFL debut in front of 24,224 fans, as well as receiver Diontae Spencer who had six receptions for 82 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown pass.

The touchdown pass came in the third quarter as Spencer was able to get behind Duron Carter and find some open space. The day before the game Carter had said he didn’t feel challenged by Ottawa’s receivers.

“That’s all he do is talk,” said Spencer. “I ain’t had to talk, the scoreboard, find the score that’s what I told him.”

Even after the game Carter still didn’t want to give too much credit to the Redblacks.

“Diontae is fast and I knew that and Trevor threw a great ball where I couldn’t get my hand to it,” said Carter. “It was a big play. I was trying to stay on top of him the whole time and I got a little antsy and he got behind me.”

When asked if Spencer created a challenge for him, Carter answered in his typical fashion.

“No, not at all. That’s what he does, he catches deep passes.”

Leading 25-14 to start the second half, the Redblacks padded their lead on the Spencer touchdown. Harris ran in for the two-point conversion to take a commanding 33-14 lead.

A four-yard pass to William Powell in the fourth quarter made it Ottawa 40-17

The only scoring for Saskatchewan in the second half came on a 35-yard field goal by Brett Lauther.

Ottawa got off to a solid start and never looked back.

The Redblacks opened the game with back-to-back field goals by Ward and kept Saskatchewan’s offence off the field for much of the first quarter, but with 31 seconds remaining Collaros connected with Jordan Williams-Lambert for a 32-yard touchdown pass giving the Roughriders a 7-6 lead.

Ottawa regained the lead as Jonathan Rose stepped in front of Shaq Evans for the interception and raced 55 yards into the end zone. A two-point conversion gave Ottawa a 14-7 lead, but Saskatchewan answered right back as Carter, playing at defensive back, had his own interception and returned the ball 28 yards to tie the game 14-14.

A 15-yard run by Powell midway through the second quarter and a 44-yard Ward field goal put Ottawa up 25-14 at the half.

Ottawa is back in action next Thursday as they head to Calgary to face the Stampeders, while Saskatchewan hosts Montreal June 30th.


111 Comments on Redblacks chop Riders back down to earth in blowout win

  1. grumblingaboutgreen // June 21, 2018 at 10:43 pm //

    even the final score CONCEALS the true depths of their offensive INEPTITUDE as nearly HALF their points came on a DEFENSIVE play by duron carter. but his BUFOONERY nevertheless allowed the redblacks to RECOVER those seven points as he committed TWO flagrant fouls on their final scoring drive!

    is anyone SURPRISED the riders didnt last TWO GAMES into the season with that JOKE of an offensive line they assembled? and now collaros whose SALARY mostly depends on just being on the ROSTER gets to sit on the BENCH and bleed riderholes bank accounts DRY while bridge starts hitting his INCENTIVES and raking it in! at least until he TOO suffers from the effects of having absolutely INCOMPETENT protection in front of him. jones is going to wind up spending an EXORBITANT amount on qbs this season ESPECIALLY when you consider the ridiculously TERRIBLE quality of play he gets for his money! but he can always cut some VETERANS and replace them with more desperate nfl WASHOUTS to free up some CASH. its just a PITY that promoting those failed players to STARTERS doesnt magically increase their ABILITIES!

    • Bleeding Green // June 21, 2018 at 10:51 pm //

      I agree with everything, but why can’t you do this in all lower case?

      • Because this site does not have the underline function or bold function and he was trying to EMPHASIZE certain points/words. Read it again, slowly, and it will all come together. It’s not like he was typing in all caps.

        • But why can’t he use caps when grammar rules make it necessary?

          • If you agree with one think the spastic op says then you’ve had one too many, or maybe several too many. Nothing this guy says is ever well thought out or true, and this time in particular I don’t see a single point in there that’s true or that makes sense enough to say whether it’s true or not. This dude is a true ZERO.

          • Hiawatha // June 22, 2018 at 4:51 pm //

            Why can’t slider fans admit Chris Jones is incompetent?

  2. Garcia98 // June 21, 2018 at 10:44 pm //


    • White Horse // June 22, 2018 at 12:54 am //

      RFD…you don’t sound to sharp yourself!! Sask harvest beer is clogging your senses?

  3. Riders have serious issues at QB. That is obvious. Given the money payed to Chris Jones that isn’t good enough. The most likely scenario at this point is that the Chris Jones experiment will fail.

    • Tbolt – The issue tonight was the turnstile O Line. No QB coukd have played in front of that. Ottawa had TWO newbies and our D got nowhere. Harris made it look effortless.

      Ottawa kicked my Riders ass in every aspect period. I give their coaching staff and players the complete respect they deserve for making us look like a Pee Wee team.

      • You make a good point. The o line is a concern as well. I stand by what I said. This is year 3 for Chris Jones, time to validate the high salary and praise. And right now that ain’t happening. Year 3 and you have QB issues, and as you point out offensive line issues. That’s not good enough. Period.

        • Puck Hog // June 21, 2018 at 11:08 pm //

          It’s game two of the season. Take a Valium…….

          • I think you better save them for yourself, you’re gonna need them.

          • If there were any bright spots, I would agree Puck Hog. But I can’t. I’m glad we enjoyed the trip to Parliament Hill, but it would have been better if we had come to the stadium.

          • Puck Hog // June 21, 2018 at 11:23 pm //

            You’re more stressed than I suspected. Ya better take two!!!

          • Puck Hog // June 21, 2018 at 11:26 pm //

            Yup, we were sorely outplayed and out coached In every phase. We were unmotivated and embarrassed. But like I said, it’s game two. We weren’t going to win them all. We’re gonna be fine.

      • Yup, You are right, you need O-Line but who is responsible. Look what Hervey did one one OFF season to make ours better. Jones has has what? 3 years? We even let Biggie go because, as Hervey said, you have needs and you have wants. Biggie was a want, Being able to get Jovon back was a need. Sure, if the cap allowed, they’d both be there but yo need to look after the needs. I think Jones was too busy trying to do the Vince Young etc thing. you need to build from the side out. Sounds cliche but you and I both know, football games are usually won or lost in the trenches.

        • Forgot to add, hope Zac is OK. I do like him.

          • Puck Hog // June 21, 2018 at 11:29 pm //

            Something tells me that Zach will be on the 6-game. Save a third of his salary in the cap. Jones will have to use that saving to bring in another qb.

          • Why would we care about his salary? It’s just that slobbering drunk above that’s rambling on about that. Makes no sense. He’s our starting QB who is now injured. That’s what I care about.

        • BC Dave – It’s won in the trenches alright. Ottawa won every battle on both sides of the line, and everywhere in between. The Riders got out coached, and out played the entire game.

          • Meh, one pick 6 and two ints in the end zone made it look worse than it was. They had tape on us and they clearly used it well. We didn’t have it on them defensively, and that showed too. It was bad but not the end of the world. If you thought we were going to go 18-0 … .

  4. Garcia98 // June 21, 2018 at 10:48 pm //

    To borrow a line from the movie Top Gun – “Son, your ego is writing cheques your body can’t cash”. I think you know who I’m referring to.

    • White Horse // June 22, 2018 at 12:59 am //

      RFD…time to bring in Ricky Stanzi?
      Stamps have heard big time diatribe from slider fans, just how good he is!!

      • Garcia98 // June 22, 2018 at 1:17 am //

        Dude,I’m not RFD. Seriously, I’m on your team! Scroll down to see RFD’s comment. By the way, right after his pick 6 Carter claimed that he’s the “best player in the league” (see tonight’s TSN highlights). Karma bit him in the ass in the 2nd half….

  5. Pathetic effort on both sides of the ball Perhaps the were to busy reading their press clippings

  6. Bleeding Green // June 21, 2018 at 10:49 pm //

    We got worked tonight. RB looking good in the east! Hope ZC is OK and we can get some sort of protection for him.

  7. Chris Jones, Saskatchewans false savior

  8. Hungry Stallion // June 21, 2018 at 10:50 pm //

    My thoughts:
    As Soul II Souls sang to us in the 1980’s —–Back to life; back to reality – for the Regina roughriders
    Where was that fearsome front for the riders? You all told us how Harris was in for it. What happened? Were has Hughes, the sack machine, been the last 6 quarters? And what about Jumpy Jefferson?
    Before Zach’s injury he had completed 40% of his passes. Just wanted to pass along my concern because you were all so concerned about Bo’s 47% last week
    No running game at all for the riders. They started running the ball after they were down by 19…. Great game plan! Your “high octane” offense has 2 offensive TD’s in 2 games.
    Playing DB, “It’s easy” …..Carter scored 1 TD gave up 2. The crowd let him know it. Maybe he’ll learn this time, I doubt it.
    We saw the weakness of that O-line and the problems with the “midsection” of that defense. As I stated previous. Hurl is a compromise. Things will only get worse if a starting Canadian or 2 go down.
    Let’s all hope Zach is ok

    Hey, you’ll always have 1-0

    I will sit back and wait: The officials screwed us tonight in the following ways:

    • Bleeding Green // June 21, 2018 at 11:02 pm //

      Correct across the board sir. No excuses. Riders got embarrassed.

      • Puck Hog // June 21, 2018 at 11:14 pm //

        The whole team looked lethargic tonight. A short week, overconfident. Not too worried, though…..16 more games to play. They’ll learn a good lesson from this one, and get back to their winning ways.

  9. Where was Hughes and Jefferson? And carter being the best player in the league wow the ego sure let him down cost his team the win..

    • Puck Hog // June 21, 2018 at 11:11 pm //

      They rushed three linemen 99% of the time and still couldn’t cover the receivers. Why weren’t they blitzing?

      • I do not like rushing only 3. Sure, more guys back to cover but any good receiver, given time, will get open AND…Any good QB, given time, will find him. With only 3 rushing, there will be time.

  10. Jones failure to field a decent OL is going to get his QBs killed and without “inside” knowledge of the opposing offense, his D didn’t look nearly as dominant! A short week and travel east probably didn’t help but every team is going to face that, so that can’t be used as an excuse.

  11. BlueBomberChris // June 21, 2018 at 10:51 pm //

    I was hoping to come here and not have the first comment be one to incite the usual BS here. I mean I hate the Riders but come on I don’t blame their fans when they give it back considering the crap that gets said here (more often by one person). I’d do (and do) the same when someone unnecessarily insults the Bombers.

    That being said, it wasn’t a good game for Saskatchewan, but Ottawa also had another week to prepare for the game with film on Saskatchewan and the reverse was not the same. I have no doubt the Riders are better than the effort tonight which happens to every team. I also know that Ottawa might not necessarily be as “dominant” as they look given all the variables

    • Bleeding Green // June 21, 2018 at 10:55 pm //

      Thanks BomberChris! Not all of us are crazy. Everyone on here relishes a Rider loss. But this one was deserved. RB played to win and they looked really good along with some glaring flaws on the Green side.

    • Good point BB Chris. Not only the extra week to prepare but Ottawa had film and Riders did not.

  12. Just saying // June 21, 2018 at 10:51 pm //

    They definitely sucked tonight, the online sucked tonight, and like I said in a previous post Duron always gets burned for one or two touchdowns when he plays on D. I new our Dfence over achieved last week but wasn’t expecting this.
    This was tough

    • Bleeding Green // June 21, 2018 at 10:57 pm //

      You said it. I wish they would stick Carter @ receiver. He’s too emotional/immature to handle both in my opinion. If they announced that he was traded or released tomorrow it wouldn’t phase me. This loss isn’t all his fault, but Im so sick of his sh*t.

  13. Give Trevor Harris the credit he deserves. He had more than a solid game he had a fantastic game other than the one pick. For not having played since the first pre-season against Montreal he looked fantastic. I don’t know his stats but some of his passes were spot on particularly the long burner to Spencer that was just beyond Carters fingers (nothing wrong with his coverage on that play) and right into Spencers arms.
    Well done Trevor.

  14. pathetic effort on both sides of the ball Perhaps they are to busy reading their press clippings

  15. Disappointing Rider loss; every team will have one of these games this season; its the won/loss record at the end of the Regular Season that matters. No reason for Rider fans to push the panic button after the 2nd game of the season.

    • Bleeding Green // June 21, 2018 at 10:59 pm //

      Cheers 🙂 1-1 isn’t the end of the world.

    • White Horse // June 22, 2018 at 1:16 am //

      Lions4life…wow, what a turn-a-round in your life. You have been so caustic!! You are now so gentle.
      WHAT happened? Did you find Jesus?

      • To hell with Jesus…LOL. Nope I did not find Jesus; the Riders GAINED my respect with how the team chose to handle the Humboldt Broncos tragedy, not just once but on multiple occasions. I now have nothing but respect for the Riders football team and their great fans.

      • White Horse (or Red-one of your many Handles); the trash talking and anti-Rider sentiment is now left to you (and others).

  16. Bleeding Green // June 21, 2018 at 10:58 pm //

    Harris was a beast tonight. If he can stay healthy he can be the best in the league. Up there with Ray, Reilly and Mitchell.

  17. i put a lot of this loss on jones and mcadoo. why wasn,t jones bringing the blitz on harris, instead of rushing only 3 or 4 when ottawa was keeping 6 men in to block on passing plays.and as for mcadoo his playcalling was way too predictable, no screen passes called , no draw plays, very few quick hitters.very poor play calling to help out his qbs.

  18. Provemewrong // June 21, 2018 at 11:02 pm //

    GOD!! I hope they play DC on defense all year!!!

    • Bleeding Green // June 21, 2018 at 11:04 pm //

      Knowing Jones we probably will. Who knows what he is thinking sometimes… “Remember guys, no pressure on the QB tonight. Just trust me.”

    • Puck Hog // June 21, 2018 at 11:19 pm //

      Carter didn’t look that bad. The TD he got burned on he was right there, within inches, and a perfectly thrown ball beat him. And those PI calls, meh?! And don’t forget he intercepted one for a R.D., too. You seem worried PMWrong.

      • Carter was atrocious at CB.

        His pick six was only because Harris threw so far behind the intended receiver.

        Watching Carter waving his arms like he was swimming then tumble flat on his face while Spence jogged into the end zone was comical.

        Carter went for the pick instead of just trying to break up the throw and be sure he was in s position to make the tackle – – typical of an inexperienced and incompetent DB

        • Puck Hog // June 21, 2018 at 11:37 pm //

          Every time there’s a TD pass, someone got burned. There’s not a dB in the league that has not been torched on a TD pass. Your unbiased observation of DS jogging into the end zone was just a tad inaccurate. In fact, Carter recovered after his missed attempt at a knockdown, and dove for the tackle, actually hitting DS’ foot.

      • Don’t forget the untimely PI and illegal contact penalties that lead to a TD,

  19. I told you Collaros was broken … he is a shadow of his former self and the Ti-Cats made the right move!

    No QB … no shot at the Western crown or the Grey Cup.

    • I said he wouldn’t last until the TC’s home game July 19th vs the Riders. Guess I was too generous with my estimate.

    • mr62cats // June 21, 2018 at 11:46 pm //

      How do you know Collaros won’t be back in the line up for the next game? He is a fighter. You sound like you have given up already.

    • Teleology // June 22, 2018 at 9:02 am //

      I wouldn’t blow the whistle and wave the flag on Collaros just yet.

      The pressure on him was relentless and he had to take quite a few major hits while throwing. O-Line and game planning is to blame for this one.

  20. Hard to decide who’s more laughably useless – – Brando Bridge at QB or Duron Carter at CB.

    • George Fogarty // June 21, 2018 at 11:26 pm //

      Well Area-chitty-1 guess all your awesome negative analysis and words about the RBs especially their D you can now have for breakfast in the morning after you carve out your watermelon for the next game.

      • Pretty certain that most CIS teams could handle an offence that sets out five pylons for an OLine.

  21. Just got back from the game, if you are an Ottawa fan this was a great game!!
    Lots of Rider fans there but they were pretty quiet.
    Ottawa was just dominate in every area.
    Sask fans are saying “what went wrong”?
    It was all about Ottawa being the better team and shutting down the Riders.
    Right now Ottawa is the best team I the league.

  22. Scottsask // June 21, 2018 at 11:16 pm //

    Collaros was an absolute noodle arm tonight. The O line that played in front of him was porous. The D line was invisible. Congrats to the Redblacks tonight, ass kicking on both sides of the ball. The better team won no doubt.

  23. It’s inexcusable to have an OLine that pathetic with THREE (3) starting Imports.

  24. Scottsask // June 21, 2018 at 11:24 pm //

    Completely agree, it was awful.

  25. Provemewrong // June 21, 2018 at 11:26 pm //

    Yea. I see the sliders going 9-9 this season…

  26. rogieshan // June 21, 2018 at 11:27 pm //

    Strange that going into the game the RedBlacks’ O-line was the question mark because of injuries, yet it gave Harris solid protection all night. And Noel Thorpe’s defense had quite a debut.

    • Playing against a hack like Brando Bridge also made things easy for the RedBags.

      As I’ve explained for the past three years, Bridge is a career clipboard holder at best.

  27. I’m ok saying that Carter shouldn’t be full time as a DB. He’s better as a receiver obviously. That being said, the whole team laid an egg. Thankfully we have Montreal at home next weekend

    • Sure wouldn’t take much to be better at WR than he is at CB.

      Carter was a total failure tonight. Along with the rest of the Rider players and coaching staff.

    • White Horse // June 22, 2018 at 1:31 am //

      Keith…do you want to bet your slider farm? Even against the Alouettes?
      Rethink it!!!

  28. To Yup and the other Rider fans wishing for starting QBs to get hurt this season – suck on that hard salty rod full of kreamy karma.

    • Way to keep it classy, penis nowhere. Life will be better for you once your balls drop.

      • Hey, you were the one going on and on about other teams’ QBs and predicting (and hoping and praying) that they get injured. Well buckle up, butter up, because you’ve just bought yourself a one-way ticket to karmaland. Population: Yup.

        • That’s a stretch. Never hope or pray for any player to get injured. But….whatever helps you sleep at night.

          Monty still needs a sandwich though.

          • Hungry Stallion // June 22, 2018 at 12:21 am //

            What happened to Zach is pretty much what I told you would happen. You have an injured prone guy playing behind a suspect oline. What good can you say tonight? Your team is awful

          • Yep….they certainly were.

            Another new handle ? That’s more pathetic than my team played, and they played pathetic.

          • An you said how Harris was in for it tonight with your great defensive front…..not so….. were does this game leave this team

          • Actually said it should be close unless we get to Harris. We got nowhere near him and I gave credit where credit was due. However, you only come here to argue rather than read.

          • You were wrong on both accounts

          • You are a complete sociopath. The cage door is open and his wheel has stopped spinning. So…I’m gonna leave you and Lenny to a nice evening.

  29. That should bring the corn toads down a peg or two.

  30. BigRedMachine // June 22, 2018 at 12:27 am //

    It’s only one game and they are still 1-1. Might be a good wake up call. Good thing they had a pretty good effort against TO last week or the pitch forks would be out in full force given their two preseason efforts…

  31. Former Rider fan // June 22, 2018 at 12:35 am //

    One day closer to seeing Chris Jones’ taillights.

    • Are you leaving town soon? BTW, did you know merchandise sales were up 10% last year? Tough loss, but overall I’m glad Jones is restoring pride to this organization, and driving the vile, repugnant, element like you out. Please leave soon!

  32. Only three running plays by the Riders in the first half allowed the RedBlacks defense to “tee off” on the Rider o-line and rush the QB on almost every down. RedBlacks offense ran the ball effectively with Powell in the first half who averaged over five yards a carry which kept the Rider defense honest. Jones was badly out coached in this game. Fortunately next week is guaranteed win night for the Riders who play the Alouettes. The Riders will be 2 and 1 after week three.

    • Our running game clearly needs quite a bit of work. Messam didn’t play in the preseason, and we have some new OLs I’m sure we didn’t expect to have. Bond was going to be an established, all-star, type player, but for some reason that didn’t work out. Harrison is a great prospect, a former 5th round NFL pick, but he’s brand new to the CFL, and rookies make mistakes. This is why we brought in Dyakowski last year.

      • What I find really interesting is when the Riders last won the Grey Cup in 2013 the O-Line was heavily recruited by Taman (one of the few things that he did good) and this was one of the reasons that the Riders won the Grey Cup. In 2013 the Riders had Chris Best, Dan Clark, Xavier Fulton, Ben Heenan, Brendon LaBatte, Dominic Picard, Devin Tyler, and Corey Watman on the O-line. In 2013 the Rider O-line was the best in the CFL. CFL games are won (or lost) in the trenches. The 2018 Rider O-line LOOKS to be one of the worst in the CFL this year. Hopefully Jones and the O-line coach can get the O-line turned around so that Bridge (and Colloros when he comes back) has more time to pass and the running backs have some decent holes to run through. I want to see the Riders in the West playoffs this season (along with the Lions).

        • BTW, three other reasons why the Riders won the Grey Cup in 2013: Corry Sheets, Durian Durant, and the Lion King Geroy Simon, all three great players in the 2013 season for the Riders.

        • A lot of unexpected things happened with our OL this off season. The all important LT position was manned very well for most of last year by Bruce Campbell, after Denis was moved inside. Unfortuatnely Campbell was both a FA and in the off season he was suspended for two games this season for PEDs. Campbell has a history of being a quirky guy, and he seems to have dropped off the map again. He hasn’t signed with anybody and I haven’t heard a thing about him all off-season. I think Vaughn has played pretty well in his spot, however.

          Denis had been a high profile and expensive FA signing was released for cap purposes, but we signed Bond who had been released by Winnipeg for a much more reasonable number. It turns out, however, that there may have been reasons why the Bombers let him go other than them wanting to go Canadian at that spot. We started to hear things about him getting injured with the Bombers and not being the same player afterwards. Whatever the case he didn’t make it out of training camp, and that brings us to Harrison discussed above.

          On the Canadian front we were hoping that our first overall pick JSJ might be able to challenge for a starting spot this year, and apparently in pre-camp workouts he looked great, and then on the eve camp he pulled a hamstring. Bladek started some games for us last year and looked good, so there were high hopes for him as well, and they may yet pan out, but he got nicked up in a pre-season game and I’m not sure he’s 100% yet, although he is dressing as a backup. Jeremy Zver is another guy we were high on, and he suddenly retired. Adusei is another DL conversion project we were high on. He played well in practice last year and even dressed for a game, but in pre-season this year he played against someone he’d never seen before and got destroyed, and we ended up releasing him.

          Every team has a string of bad luck a certain position happen from time to time, and it seems that this year was our turn.

  33. Evil Empire // June 22, 2018 at 3:06 am //

    I only caught the second half. But, it was enjoyable all the way around. It looked like alot of empty seats, though. I was a little surprised. Or maybe the one really good camera shot I saw. Ppl were still getting beer, or food. Or using the can. It was just a cpl mins into the second half.

    • Blue 18 // June 22, 2018 at 9:39 am //

      Evil attendance 24224 as good as Calgary or better what is your point?

    • TD Place was sold out yet again.

    • CC Rider // June 22, 2018 at 10:27 am //

      People buy tickets but don’t use their seats. There are hundreds of people at the endzone fences or watching from the concourse between the south decks.

      Doesn’t make the stands look great from TV though, true enough.

  34. Streveler for MOP // June 22, 2018 at 6:52 am //

    Maybe the Riders should call Durant. But be careful if he asks for a $70,000 signing bonus.

  35. Lancaster/Reed // June 22, 2018 at 8:30 am //

    Well, that was ugly. I was at a fundraiser last night and missed the entire game, thank god, but periodically caught the score/stats on myphone. Im hoping the riders can figure out how to play consistently. Soon. Sounds like 2 games, 2 different teams. I knew Darrell Davis was off his rocker when he talked about feasting on the east in the first 5 games. Everyone should have expected Ottawa to be better this year. Same offensive threats as last year, and with Thorpe as DC, they have the potential to be excellent. Congrats to the REDBLACK fans. You could be challenging Toronto for first.

  36. Paul Bomber // June 22, 2018 at 8:41 am //

    Harris was methodical. He is bound for a Hall of Fame career…. hang on to that one, Ottawa! Sask D looked very average… not sure what to think of that at this point in the season. Can’t wait to see the rest of the weekend to unvail itself.

  37. Sir Gallahan of the Prairie // June 22, 2018 at 9:02 am //

    As a Rider fan I have to say that the effort put forth in this game was sad and almost pathetic. I’m tired of teams using this short week, 2 day practises for an excuse.
    I know the Riders will bounce back. There is no doubt in my mind. Collaros is fine and those non football people in SK who figure Bridge should be the starter got a real taste of reality in this one.
    With all that being said Ottawa will not get another situation like this the rest of the way. 2 weeks to rest and prepare while the team they faced had 1/7th the amount of time to prepare. As well with Ottawa’s receiver telling the whole league to be aware. That in itself is just fine with me. That guy has way more of a detrimental mouth to his team than Carter.
    Let’s see how Calgary does in Toronto with one or two more practises. I’m sure they probably learned watching this game. That showing up dosent guarantee you to be in the game. You have to put forth a real true effort.
    Last I’m tired of the Riders having the most expensive corner in the league. Futon Carter is a heck of a player but he’s getting paid to be a top notch wide receiver. That amount of money is far too much to be a corner. Why the hell our Media hasn’t asked that question.

    • Sir limpsalot // June 22, 2018 at 11:47 am //

      We certainly hope Collaros is back next week. As he was back on the sideline; it would “APPEAR” like it’s not serious.
      However, how long will he stay healthy? We know his history and in 3 games this year, he has gone down twice.

    • BigRedMachine // June 22, 2018 at 11:55 am //

      Only in Bizarro World is what Spencer said after the game more of a detrimental mouth than Carter essentially calling the Ottawa receiving core garbage before the game. I generally like Carter but he is going to have to learn when to park his ego….

    • ZakOnHisBak // June 22, 2018 at 2:15 pm //

      What interview did you watch? Spencer basically said “we’re not here to trash talk, we’ll let the scoreboard do the talking.”

      As for the “they had film and we only had a couple of days to prepare” excuse – you live by the sword, you die by the sword. Some teams can game plan for a short week and win, and some teams are the Riders.

  38. Red Black Defence looked unstoppable tonight. I don’t care who they were playing it would have been tough on any QB to look good and any team to score. Now the question is was the defence that good, or was the Rider offence struggling? As for Carter, like him or hate him it’s hard to ignore him and that’s not a bad thing. He gets people to take notice.

  39. Blue rules // June 22, 2018 at 12:45 pm //

    This was an ugly game by Rider’s, sadly I can’t see things getting much better. The OL can’t protect the QB’S, but if they could they still have an concussed injury prone & an inexperience QB set. Until or unless these issues are addressed (just to name a few) it will be a long year of making excuses. Time to end the experiment that is Chris Jones.

  40. NotReallyBo // June 22, 2018 at 1:44 pm //

    The Roughriders were finding out who they are right now and the REDBLACKS continued to show that to them.

  41. For sure // June 22, 2018 at 3:40 pm //

    The Riders should have been prepared for an aggressive and hard hitting defence with lots of blitzing when Noel Thorpe is the defensive coordinator. That shouldn’t have caught anyone by surprise. The big surprise was how well the Ottawa O line played. Their 2017 and 2018 draft picks were both playing on the line and looked very good there. One of them is only 22 years old. They often kept an extra blocker in too but it all worked. Meanwhile, Jones’ 2016 draft pick, St. John, still does not look like a starter, even when he isn’t injured. Bladek, at least, looks promising. Ottawa used two Canadian kids and looked good; the Riders are using three guys off the NFL scrap heap and look dreadful. Jones has to do better in his draft selections.

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