As much as I hate to say it, I can see the Riders crossing over into the east division. There is still a chance that the Riders can grab second place but the Eskimos have to lose all their remaining games and the Riders have to win all their remaining games. I believe both teams finish the season against division teams. As it sits right now, a tiebreaker between Edmonton and Saskatchewan would default down to wins against division teams. Unfortunately I do not know what Edmontons record is against division teams. There is still a chance but I cannot see the Eskimos losing their last 2 games.
As for the Calgary game. The Riders need to Beat Calgary by more than 27 points to beat them out for a playoff spot in the west. I cannot see this happening either unless the Riders get a lot more production out of the offense. Calgary plays 3 games, The Riders only have 2 left.
Enough hijacking the thread
As far as how do the Riders win the game against Calgary. Shut down the Calgary offense. Get in Henry's face early and often. When Henry Burris played for the Riders he had a tendancy to get a little excited when under pressure and attempt to force throws into tight coverage. That's how interceptions happen.
Stop the Run. In our last meeting against Calgary their running backs had a field day running through our defensive line. Also the secondary needs to stop giving so much respect to the receivers. In the Edmonton game the secondary was backing off the line by ten yards at times. And we all know what ten yards is equal to. First down.
The Riders need to get more production from their offense plain and simple. Out of the past few weeks the riders run game has been lacking it's usual production. It seems to me that every team we are coming up against is nailing Kenton Keith at the line. Why do you think this is. I think they have a linebacker assigned to Kenton Keith whenever he is on the field. Wherever Keith goes the Linebacker goes as well. The only time Keith is able to get yards is when they do a reverse to the ouside. Dont get me wrong I think Keith is a great running back but dont you think the defense is expecting run when Keith is lined up beside the quarterback.
Pass patterns need to actually be run out to the first down marker on second down. If you want to get a first down you have to take the pattern out to the first down marker not 3 yards shy of it. Also we need a long pass threat. This is another thing that has been lacking since Dominguez went out.
One of the places that the Riders really differ from other teams is the inability of the coaching staff to yank a player that doesn't seem to be putting in a less than 100% performance, especilly when there is a home playoff game on the line. In my opinion yank that player and let them sit down on the bench for a little while to contemplate what 100% effort is.
Remember. In the CFL you need to pass for a lot more than 100 yards and still expect to win.