Well I agree with Etch when he says burn the game tape. But in a game where we lose with 8 sacks against, no TDs and 1 point in the 2nd half, he questions a defense that gave up 0 first downs in the first half and 8 completions total? Sorry, that pretty much destroyed all credibility for me. Anyway, the team needs to regroup from that game in Winnipeg and move on. It was only one game, but with Calgary playing so well, the Riders can't afford to have more than "one game" like that. Onto the Argos. Time contraints this week are going to make me be brief. The time thing is not the result of the hack....once again great job by Red Rocket of fixing that. The stuff before this was written Wed night. To say lots has happened since then would be an understatement. Just past 11 on Friday night and this is the first I have looked at this...and for the most part the forum in 48 hours. So what did I miss ? :) I'll do some quick changes and get a pretty condensed version done!
Probable starters: Riders - Durant, Argos - Collaros. Durant wasn't at his best, and missed a few plays like when he had Dressler in the back of the endzone and not protecting the ball when he got it punched out in the third quarter. But this game was not his fault. He took an absolutel pounding that has rivalled anthing Reilly or (pick one) any Winnipeg QB has taken this year. Just when people started wondering whether Zac Collaros may not be as good as the hype, he puts together a good game against the Alouette defense. He's another young QB who can run like the guy we just faced but unlike Goltz, Collaros has some decent passing skills. Edge Riders
Probably starters: Riders - Sheets, Argos - Kackert. 65 yards is a season low for Kory Sheets. It was a combination of the Bombers doing a good job on him along with the Rides being behind. It's a shame we didn't go with the draw plays that worked early a little more. Chad Kackert has been out since getting injured in Week 4. He's a good back but bound to have a little rust on him. Edge Riders
Probably starter: Risders: Dressler, Getzlaf, Simon, Smith, Bagg, Argos: Barnes, Durie, Guy, Chile, Watt. It's hard to evaluate the Rider receivers in the game Sunday when they really didn't get much of a chance to do anything. The Argos will be missing Chad Owens again this week. We didn't see Chile (Willy) last time we played them. He's turned out to be a pretty good deep threat for them. Inman is always a talented receiver. This will be a very formidable group when Owens rejoins them, and they get Ricky Ray throwing the ball to them again. With Dressler out and Kierre Johnson in, I had this originallhy as even but giving the Argos the edge now. Edge Argos
Probable starters: Riders: T - Fulton, Neufeld, G - Labatte, Tyler, C - Picard, Argos - T - Washington, King, G- Epple, Van Zyle, C - Keeping. Do we need to say much more than this was the worst game this unit has played for the Riders this year. Still no reason to start dropping their rank compared to other line. Like the Argos for instance. With Heenan now out as well, our depth is being tested in this area with two starters missing Even
Probably starters: Riders - E - Chick, Foley, T - Shologan, Foley, Argos - E - Brown, Horton, T - Mitchell Tripp. The Riders d-line had a pretty good day getting pressure and shutting down the Bomber run, save one big run by Goltz. The Argos best lineman is Mitchell in the middle. Whether it's by scheme or talent, this group as a whole haven't put much pressure on the QB this year. Very surprising to hear that George may actually be sitting with Josh Evans making his way onto the roster. Edge Riders
Probably starters: Riders - MLB - McCullough / Peters/ Ferri, OLB - Butler, Brown, Argos - MLB - Pottinger, OLB - Ball, Colclough. That's a termendous loss with Rey Williams gone for the year with the torn ACL, and this coming from a guy who didn't get overly excited when we signed him. He sure one me over. When we look at the replacements, we have a guy with the experience and smarts to play the position but a few years past his prime. One older guy who has never played that spot and a younger guy who has never played there. If this doesn't work, look for Ivy to get a look next week. It's too bad Sam Hurl is injured right now or else I would love to see him get a chance. Lost in all this is that Weldon Brown might be playing the best football of the season. The big chance for the Argos from the last game is no Brandon Issac. The Argos for this week suffer as big a blow as the Riders did with Robert McCune out and Jason Pottinger in, Before that news, I had the Argos with the edge. Even
Probable starter: CB - Harris, Miller, HB - Anderson, Maze, S - Brackenridge, Argos - CB - Watkins, Lawrence, HB - Carter, Robinson, S - Black. When you hold a QB to under 50%, 129 yards and a pick, it's hard to pick on the secondary. I was disappointed in Harris's PI call in that he really didn't need to grab the receiver and could have caught up. He got beat on a couple of incredible catches by Kelly. Dwight Anderson will be back. Patrick Watkins is the best member of the Argo secondary. Outside of him, there isn't a guy on that secondary I would take over one of our guys. The biggest knock on Macho Harris since arriving is his Edge Riders
Probable starter: Riders - Jackson, Johnson Argos - Porter. I don't think it's a coincidence that we start losing a few guys who were outstanding for us on special teams, and we give up a return TD. To their credit our coverage teams forced a turnover too. Ex Alouette Trent Guy is returning kicks for the Argos. I am looking forward to seeing Kierre Johnson's speed out out there. Even
Probable starters: Riders - Milo, Argos - Waters. The one offensive bright spot last week was Milo's 4-4 performance including the 50 yarder. This is Waters's first game back since week 1. Edge Riders
Probable starters: Rider - Schmitt, Argos - Waters. Without rust on Watters, this one might be even Edge Riders
When the Riders have the ball
When you have changes on the offensive line, it's always easier to have them run block vs picking up stunts and blitzes in pass protection. Combine that with Robert McCune being out, and I expect the Riders to be even more determined to get the running game going. We might try and get the ball in the hands of Johnson on an end around as well to take advantage of his speed and catch the Argos keying on Sheets.
The big key in the passing game will be how the new look line protect Darian. The right side with Tyler and Neufeld will be the one that bears watching. Chris Jones hasn't come with a lot of blitzes this year but he might come off that right side this week and test the line. With Dressler out, Chris Getzlaf will get a lot more looks. This is the week where we really need Geroy to step up and be productive. Demetrius Morley played well as a hard hitting safety in Calgary but I don't think he has the coverage skills to play halfback so I hope we go after him. Taj had a big game last time against Toronto with a couple of bombs. I hope we run some hitch screens etc to Johnson to get him in the open field.
When the Argos have the ball
I heard Glen Suitor back on Monday use yards rushing to say the Rider run defense hasn't been as good the last month. That depends on what you are looking at. The starting tailbacks in that time, Messam, Charles, Simpson, and Woods last week did not to much. What has hurt the Rider is the QB running. You don't want the opposing QB doing things like running for 45 yard TDs, but if you were going to give up something in this league, aren't QB runs preferable to a tailback tearing it up or having the ball in the hands of the numerous talented receivers in this league?
That being said I expect the Argos to test the middle of our D with Kackert back. With Williams in the lineup, the D did a good job on him in week 3. Butler did a good job on him in the passing game save one breakdown late in the game. Since the Riders have given up yards to QBs running, look for Collaros running to be a big part of the Argos O. I expect a lot of zone read with Collaros and Kackert. Andre Drurie was the receiver who had a good day against the Riders in week 3 but look for the Argos to try and get the Inman matchup on Carlos Thomas. Actually Chile has played well at WR for them too so no matter who lines up there, look for them to attack Thomas.
A friend of mine mentoned how this was the ultimate things happening in threes. The loss to Winnipeg, Rey Williams and others out with injuries, and the story that dwarfed them all, Disaster on Dewdney. It's gut check time. The Riders have a lot of vets who need to step up and lead this week. If the Riders can pull this one out, at least we won't have to hear that we have been lucky with injuries. I expect everything that has happened to keep this one close.
My score: Roughriders 27 Argonauts 23
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