Although Riders are mathematically exterminated from playoff contention - this game will be a tell about their future under Corky Jones.
My thoughts are the riders are ready to take control and snuff out the redblacks before they know what hit them - especially if Darian Durant is at the helm and has recovered from his most recent injury. It would be absolutely stunning if a rider team under Mitch Gale could TKO the 1st place redblacks.
In fact, as I started to opine over 3 weeks back, the riders are rounding into ultra-competitive form. A sloppy start to the Reign of the Corky with all the cheating, bad recruiting by Murphy and fines from league but Corky is building a decent team.
I had them fourth overall (in terms of on-field effectiveness) about 10 days ago.
After seeing the Bombers get squashed by Edmonton last week - I'm inclined to move the Riders up to 3rd overall (still doesn't get them into the playoff hunt) until I see what Edmonton can do - and if it was more the bombers keeling over and dying or Edmonton being that much better.
In any event -
- Riders or Edmonton
- Winnipeg or Ottawa
- Hamilton or Toronto
Funny, the only team officially eliminated from the playoffs is rated #3 or #4