Dickenson: ability to clinch playoff berth this week will ‘help motivate’ Riders

The Saskatchewan Roughriders could officially book their ticket into the CFL playoffs this weekend.

According to the league’s site, there are two scenarios in which the Green and White could add an ‘x’ by their name when the week comes to a close.

  • Saskatchewan WIN and a B.C. LOSS and an Edmonton LOSS = Saskatchewan clinches a playoff spot
  • Saskatchewan WIN and a Calgary LOSS and an Edmonton LOSS = Saskatchewan clinches a playoff spot

The question about clinching a playoff spot caught Riders’ head coach Craig Dickenson off guard when he spoke to the media Tuesday, but he was happy to receive the news.

“That’s one of our goals, so I’m glad to hear that. I hadn’t done the math yet so I’m glad you brought that up, I’ll use that with the players and try to help motivate them by bringing that up because that is important. That’s one of your goals, to get into the tournament and if you get into the tournament you have a chance.”

Saskatchewan sits in second in the West Division after their win over the Stampeders on Saturday at McMahon Stadium.

And while his coach said clinching is one of the team goals, defensive lineman Micah Johnson says the main goal remains the same.

“Everyone knows what our goal was coming into the season and I don’t think that’s changed, not one bit. It’s just about us getting better, we felt like last week was a good step, and week by week we just got to keep taking it up a little notch at a time and we just have to be going in the right direction coming into the playoffs. The goal for us is to keep getting better every week even if it’s just little by little.”

A playoff berth would be Saskatchewan’s fourth in a row, with last year’s trip lasting just one game after a loss to Winnipeg in the West Final at Mosaic Stadium.

The Riders won’t be the only ones trying to clinch a spot in the postseason this week as the Montreal Alouettes can clinch a playoff spot Saturday night as well, simply by winning.

Saskatchewan (6-4) and Montreal (6-4) close out Week 13 in the CFL Saturday night.

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