All right now that I have taken a dozen bottles of peto bismal I think the queasy feeling in my stomach after that Eskimo game has subsided for now. However I think I better get another case because this weeks game could get real sick real fast unless the Riders can do a 180 in performance from the last one.
Issues to be addressed are not that many but they are certainly big. On offense the inability to get decent yardage on first downs is huge. Having to go second and long almost every series is a recipe for many two and outs. They have to get 4-6 yards on first down to have a good chance of converting on second. I don't care if its by air or ground its the same difference as far as moving the ball is concerned. If they insist on the run then the O line really has to step up and make some holes. I wish they would attack the perimeter a bit more instead of trying to bust it up the gut almost all the time.( Im not even going to bring up using a two back system, oops I guess I just did ) If they are to use the pass have the receivers make quick breaks and get the ball to them fast, let them try to get yard after the catch. Get the D off the line of scrimmage and if you have success getting first downs on the quick or hot routes they will start playing for them that is when you break one up and over to burn them, but to do that you have to set the trap first. Tino or whoever they use must get the ball out of their hands fast,none of this holding it and looking and then looking for something else and then going back to the first guy. by that time either a holding penalty will be called or he will be sacked or the guy he is going to is covered. Make a read and throw it, or at least tuck and run. Getting sacked kills almost any hope of getting a first down and field position.
As for defense again pretty obvious they are going to have to stop or at least contain Corndog and that isn't going to be an easy task. If Tate is in for God sake don't bite on the pump fake. He loves to use it a couple of times at least in a game and BC got burned on it and we all know the Riders have in the past too. The D line is going to have to have on its best games all season to help plug gaps but also knock both Corndog and Tater tot around a bit. If its Mitchell in pretty much the same thing applies, get heat and hit hard.
I honestly don't know if the Riders can win this one but I do expect them to compete. If we get embarrassed in our own building as bad or worse then last week the rest of the season may be really really long to grind out.