Posted: 7/5/2013 7:32:53 PM
You don't want to call a game this early in the season a must game,
but it is a big one. Winning on the road in a place like Edmonton is
someting the Riders had to do in order to compete for a minimum second
place and a home playoff game. If we want to challenge for first in the
West, we need to take care of business in our home games against
Calgary and BC. No a loss to Calgary doesn't end the race in week 2,
that's silly. However a loss tomorrow means the Riders will have to
sweep in Calgary to get the season series. It will be a much easier
road ahead to win this won and try and get a split in Calgary.
Everyone remembers the offensive struggles against Calgary two weeks
ago, particularly the offensive line. Lost in that was that despite all
those two and outs, the defense didn't really give up a lot. These
teams were a lot closer in talent last year than the standings suggest.
All 4 meetings between the teams were decided by 7 or less. The
biggest difference between the teams was that the Stamps were much
better at finishing games. I expect a hard hitting battle tomorrow.
Both teams have solid running games and physical defenses. Stamps take
this one in Calgary, but I think home field is enough to push the Riders
My Score: Roughriders 28 Stampeders 25