Answers await Riders over next six weeks

Who are the Saskatchewan Roughriders? It’s a legitimate question that still needs an answer at this point and we’ll probably be getting an answer over the next six weeks.

When the season opened, 3DownNation’s Darrell Davis seemed pretty bullish on the Riders considering their run of Eastern opponents to begin the new campaign. Given how the West has generally played against the East, his opinion wasn’t too far out there. Whether it would actually happen or not was another question.

As it turned out, it didn’t. That said, the Riders first five games, though a rollercoaster, has them sitting in a pretty decent spot. Their 3-2 record isn’t as good as it could be but more importantly, they haven’t fallen out of the race for a home playoff game and perhaps even first in the West should they catch a few breaks and take care of business. Pre-Labour Day that’s really all you can ask for. Like in golf where you can’t win a tournament before the weekend, you certainly can lose it. We’ve seen plenty of teams have an awful first couple of months effectively ending their season.

As it stands right now, everything is still on the table in Saskatchewan.

So, where will this go? If I was a betting man, I’d say the Riders should continue to improve as the season goes along. That’s basically been their m-o under head coach Chris Jones. Jones’ teams in Edmonton were very much the same. For Jones, and in football in general, it’s not about where you start, it’s where you finish. The season is a process and it’s about building toward something, even if you win every game along the way.

Of course, this is still the CFL and anything is possible.

What I can say with certainty is the Riders are about to open the most important part of their schedule. Over the next month and a half, they will play every single team in their division including two against Calgary and Winnipeg, currently the best and one of the better teams in the league. The only “break” so to speak is a game against B.C. but that game is on the road and that trip is never easy. This is also a team that lost to Montreal, so you never know.

If there’s another thing I know about Jones’ teams, they tend to rise to the occasion when the going gets tough in their schedule. They were the team that ended the Stampeders long home winning streak last season.

Their critics will write them off, their supporters will say the best is yet to come. No matter what the answer is, we’ll probably have it by mid-September.

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson is a Regina-based sports writer, broadcaster and football fanatic.
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69 Comments on Answers await Riders over next six weeks

  1. Stampeder Summer // July 28, 2018 at 11:10 am //

    Riders will fall flat on their face…lol…sustained success.…

    • TheLastArgoFan // July 28, 2018 at 12:15 pm //

      Ignore the fool.

      • Puck Hog // July 28, 2018 at 1:08 pm //

        Hey, Argofan yes, ignore Him, but do you ever wonder what the fool looks like? Long, greasy, thin hair, patchy whiskers, pale complexion, grey bunny hug, 140 pounds, arms the same circumference from the pits to the wrists, acid-washed black jeans, John Lennon glasses, green nylon Puma shoes, black unitard. Please feel free to let all of us know your vision of the basement dweller, lol!

  2. Stampeder Summer // July 28, 2018 at 11:19 am //

    It’s going to be a looooooooong six weeks….lol…lol…lol…

  3. Can’t say that I agree with that… they won’t win them all, but they’ll come out of it ok and I expect they’ll be heading into the playoffs playing very competitively.

  4. Although I’m not joining the bandwagon on thinking that a home playoff game is in their future this year. But once in the playoffs anything can happen. As I’m sure you’re well aware.

  5. White Horse // July 28, 2018 at 11:32 am //

    Riders have three tough games in a row. Stamps, Esks. Stamps. Then the Bombers who are very hot. Good luck sliderville. Three coaches who are a genius at game planning. C Jones, D Dickenson and D Claybrooks…advantage to the Stamps.

    • funny thing is watch sask win all 3 of those games, not out of the realm of possibility and that woudl even out the top 4 teams in the west

      • Riders4Last // July 28, 2018 at 2:45 pm //

        The funny thing is until your sliders can beat the 1-5 Alouettes the rest of the country wont stop laughing at your team

  6. White Horse // July 28, 2018 at 11:38 am //

    Look for BLM to throw very quick passes. This takes Hughes and Jefferson out of the game. Riders QB’s have to then play man to man. Stamps superior receivers then have the advantage. Riders have scored a total of 4 passing touchdowns to date and only a +1 takeaway. Stamps D are +13 now 2nd to Esks.

  7. Stampeder Summer // July 28, 2018 at 11:38 am //

    Tonight’s score will be indicidive of who is the superior team and who is the mediocre team…Stamps will destroy the Riders. ☺

    • I work from home and make an amazing amount of money. I can help you make $96,000 a year working only a couple hours a day from home.

    • its gonna be funny if sask wins, will prove that the stamps are surely mediocre in your own words, course if they win you will cry it was the refs or it was played in sask wait till they play in calgary excuses, heres hoping for a very big rider win

    • TheLastArgoFan // July 28, 2018 at 12:16 pm //

      Ignore the fool.

  8. White Horse // July 28, 2018 at 11:39 am //

    Should read DB’s not QB’s on defense.

    • Then at 10:30 tonight you’ll be back on here saying “should read 7 passing touchdowns to date and a healthy +3 takeaways”

  9. StampederSlime // July 28, 2018 at 11:44 am //

    Riders have good team core and a great team. Need offensive unit to gel, which requires more time for Brandon Bridge at QB. At this stage they have not come together as a productive offensive unit.

  10. TooFunny // July 28, 2018 at 11:45 am //

    You Calgarians are so full of yourselves it’s laughable. Makes the end results so enjoyable for the rest of us.

    • Ya and they have the entire season to dig that hole

      • Puck Hog // July 28, 2018 at 12:45 pm //

        That’s why I cheer for a Stamps 18-0 regular season, and thoroughly enjoy Red Jerry’s descent into a deeper depression. Go Stamps, regular season champs!

        • Puck Hog // July 28, 2018 at 12:46 pm //

          Should say Jerry’s deep depression when the Stamps lose in the playoffs, after a great regular season, lol!

        • Evil Empire // July 28, 2018 at 4:45 pm //

          @Puck Hog.

          You cheer for Cgy to beat your team in EVERY reg season game ? I’ve honestly never seen anybody say that before. What good is it if Cgy chokes in the playoffs. If your team didn’t even get into the playoffs because they lost two, or three games to Cgy in the reg season ?

          That’s a pretty crappy consolation prize, and messed up priorities.

  11. I agree. The Stamps seem to start hot every year but not really get better along the way, other teams manage to catch up in level of play going down the stretch. Doesn’t necessarily translate into stellar records but that is where the “upsets” always seem to turn up late in the season/playoffs. Riders have always been one of those slow start teams (aside from the years that they never got off the ground)

  12. No reason for us or most other teams to panic at this point.

    • only toronto needs to panic

    • I fully expect the Stamps, Eskimos and Riders to be there when comes to challenging for the Western title, Bombers should easily crossover to the East and be a threat. Calgary has to learn how to focus sometime and this might be the year, who knows.

    Tonight’s game is huge for the riders. A lose will put them 6 points back of Calgary and end any realistic chance of hosting the Western Final. A lose for Calgary will simply mean they are in an early/mid season battle for that home Western Final.
    The riders are at home, expectations of 33,000 is high.
    All the pressure is on them, and it’s all self inflicted.

    • Stampeder Summer // July 28, 2018 at 12:27 pm //

      I’m the real Stampede Summer. …It could be close but it won’t. …Stamps will dominate in front of a sold out stadium.

    • Stampeder Summer // July 28, 2018 at 12:31 pm //

      Who is this IMPOSTER…I started this thread…had many comments. ..then a joker comes on here.

  14. Historic McMahon // July 28, 2018 at 12:23 pm //

    Riders are mediocre on offense and will get burned by Bo on the defensive side. Stamps will win by at least 21 points, if the Riders have their best game that is…lol…

  15. Komodo Dragon // July 28, 2018 at 12:25 pm //

    Im so tired of you spreading BS rumors Stamp Summer. Now your spreading rumors about me? Stop it! Stop telling everyone that I have a salty Shlong!

    • are we going to play games again today?

      • Puck Hog // July 28, 2018 at 12:48 pm //

        Looks like you’ve been playing games all along on this thread. I thought 3D would hav epermanetly banned you after your rascist comments on here the other day. Now shut up.

    • The 4th Horseman // July 28, 2018 at 1:24 pm //

      Hey Komodo, next time you’re in your mom’s room, mind grabbing my gonch, I left them there on my last visit.

      • Komodo Dragon // July 28, 2018 at 3:12 pm //

        I remember you! Your that dude with the chipped tooth. The organ grinder guy

  16. The riders starting lineup is decent enough as is every teams, Where this team will face issues are WHEN injuries, occur. Tonight Calgary is without Law and Adeleke. That would be like the riders missing either Hughes or Jefferson plus a starting Canadian.
    2 games ago we where without Adeleke, Wilson, Rogers, Williams. That would be like the riders missing a starting Canadian on defense, a starting Canadian on the O-line, Rosevelt, and Christian Jones.
    Just imagine how compromised this team would be in either of those scenarios.

    • Stampeder Summer // July 28, 2018 at 12:37 pm //

      It’s an even match up but as we all will see…the Stamps will win…as the universe intends it to be.

  17. I think this game could go either way in a close one, but if a blow out takes place it’s unlikely that it will favour us.

  18. Historic McMahon // July 28, 2018 at 12:44 pm //

    I’m going to sit back tonight, have an ice cold beer and watch an old-fashioned a** whooping by the Stamps over the Riders. lol…

    • Puck Hog // July 28, 2018 at 12:54 pm //

      Jerry, real good news that ma hooked up your cable again. And talking about an azz whooping, have you healed after ma went off on you with the wooden spoon for making too much noise with your inflate-a-date? I heard that her bridge club left her house with looks of disgust on their faces after that debacle.

  19. Make sure you have a few extra around. If it goes the other way you might need them.

  20. That’s just it Joel. There is so much speculation it gets sickening.
    TSN is a perfect example with employees who seemed pissed off that Jones isnt listening to them. Im talking about ex QB Dunigan who tried head coaching Calgary and it was a 1 year and fired situation. Along with ex receiver Winnipeg’s Milt Stegal who hasnt been anything but a color man for TSN. They both speculate that Jones would be better off doing what they say he should do! Hilarious and ridiculous.
    Winnipeg has opted to use both of their QB’s through a game as they did last evening. They know who their #1 and #2 are. The Riders are trying to figure out who takes over the #1 spot if Collaros never returns.
    Im looking forward to a good game this evening. I truly feel it will come down to the wire. If the Riders pull out the Victory we can be assured that the most deliberate azzhole I ever run across on social media will crawl back into a hole that some big Calgary Bull pissed into the ground. He will not be able to handle the humiliation. Not after he pissed out every insult and juvenille name calling all week long. This is a trap game for Calgary. They are expected to win and if they do nothing will be made of it. However if they lose it will be as humiliating as the Riders were after the loss to Drew Willy and the Alouettes.
    Calgary is the #1 team in the league right here and right now. So if your working towards being the best you have to knock off the best.
    With all the other crap aside. Im positive the Riders Coaching staff will continue to have the team progress in all areas. If Collaros comes back. By then the O-line will have come together and instantly the Riders will be that much dangerous.

  21. White Horse // July 28, 2018 at 12:53 pm //

    I don’t see an ass woopin by either team. This should be close. 7-8 point difference….GO STAMPS

  22. Pennyrocker // July 28, 2018 at 1:01 pm //

    When you look at the lose of two games. I see against Ottawa it was playing a dark horse no idea on what to watch for and Ottawa knew the Riders first game against Argos. The second lose came as a lack of effort figured they didn’t have to play hard and got beat with their pants down.

    I see the next six weeks as what is going to separate the men from the boys. Either the Rider will prevail or they will fall by the wayside and write off another year.

  23. 3rd & 1 // July 28, 2018 at 1:14 pm //

    100% agree Penny Rocker and White Horse. Other than the go stamps part. Simply because for me its… GO RIDERS

  24. StempedarSlime // July 28, 2018 at 1:19 pm //

    I’m not sure why Stamper fans are so threatened by the Riders. Possibly because Stamps are not that good, Stampeder tendency to choke in big games or . . .
    Riders are a good team.

  25. If the offiating is like it was in last nights Winnipeg- Toronto game the outcome could go either way. I am not an Argo fan but they got royally screwed

    • and still the outcome woudlnt have been in doubt either way, bombers have been screwed by the refs many times in the past few years if not more than any other team in the cfl, suck it up and move on, winnipeg is just the superior team, but when you compare any team against the argos, that isnt saying much

  26. The Argos certainly don’t need the refs help to lose, they are quite good at it by themselves. I really was hoping the officiating would improve this year….do refs have a quota system for handing out penalties? Sure seems like it.

  27. Keyser Söze // July 28, 2018 at 2:37 pm //

    After the Riders run the table and sit 8 and 2, we will be where it is expected. Tonight it starts with a thumping of the Stumps and a breaking of the Bovine and shutting of the gaping hole of manyhandles. Good a be a great day.

  28. I thought bovine were cattle…not horses

    • antoine lussier // July 28, 2018 at 8:53 pm //

      the cow is of the bovine ilk
      one end is moo, the other milk
      (with apologies to Ogden Nash)

  29. Rider fan // July 28, 2018 at 4:02 pm //

    The next few games will be tough. Calgary better not take the Riders lightly. I really believe the green is digging in for war. Rankings mean f all put Rider Nation last we stand united. GO RIDERS

  30. Where are all the rider points coming from tonight?

  31. GreenInCalgary // July 28, 2018 at 5:00 pm //

    I am really looking forward to this game. I will be ecstatic if the Riders somehow beat this early season (apparently unbeatable) powerhouse tonight, but I will still be optimistic about the season if we lose.

  32. RicoBeBlue&Gold // July 28, 2018 at 6:09 pm //

    Don’t feed the bears.

    To stay on topic..
    Riders will be fine. I think they have the team to do it. I’m hoping nothing has changed from what I last read and DC is back on the O. Looking for the D to come up big.

  33. “In Jones We Trust”

  34. Pennyrocker // July 29, 2018 at 10:09 am //

    From what I saw last game against Calgaty it is a far cry from calling the Riders a mans team. They literally sucked in the start of the game. What an embarrassment to call you guys football players.

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