If the Riders defense can keep playing at the level they have been these past few weeks it could be a long night for Montreals offense. The defensive line needs to be able to get past Montreals offensive line, harass the quarterback, and force AC to throw the ball quickly. This could be easier said than done considering Montreal has a pretty good offensive line.
The Riders offense have been putting up enough points to win games but they still do not look great. The offensive line is as solid as its going to get, and is providing a lot of time for plays to develop. (someone said earlier this week that printers could, stand behind the Riders offensive line during a play. slip into the pocket and order a pizza on his cell phone before the defensive line gets to him.) However offensive production is still down from where I would personally like to see it. Some of it is dropped passes. other parts of it is trying to run up the middle when there are no holes in the line. But I personally think the biggest thing that is holding down offensive production for the riders is play calling.
Marcel needs to send in plays that keep the defense guessing. Remember last years game in Montreal. I wondered if Marcel was sick sending in a play where the o line ends were out near the slot backs. But it worked. Marcel mixed it up enough to keep Montreal off balance and the Riders came home with 2 points when a lot of people said Montreal was going to crush the Riders. I think Marcel is due for another game where he mixes things up.
The Riders hold their destiny in their own hands now. It is time for this team to play like the champions we all hope they are and for us as fans to supprt their team by making it a very noisy place at Taylor field. The Riders have a home playoff game if the season was over right now. It is up to the team and the fans to make sure that doesn't change. I just cannot see Montreal walking out of Taylor Field with a victory.