Not sure if the coaches feel the same way. I guess a lot depends on how well and comfortable KJ looked and will look in the up coming practices. If he seems to have a good grasp on things and looks relatively sharp I would expect him to get the start. If he struggles then Tino may get in and that actually might not be a bad thing. He seems to do far better after watching how the game is going for a bit before he takes the field. Besides lets face it this is going to be a pressure cooker of a game. The fans are losing more then a bit of patience with the team and lack of offense and to throw Tino out there at the start to a pretty rowdy crowd may not be the best for him either.
Edmonton is going to try and decide this one early and completely take the crowd out of it or even worse get them booing the Riders performance. I expect lots of heat from the defense and they will not make the same mistake Montreal did and not crowd the middle of the field at the start of the game. They are going to force the offense to pass and see if they can handle it. If not then it could be a very long afternoon for the defense again and the fans. It is absolutely critical that the offense can have success passing the ball as that opens the run game for later. No pass game or if Cortez is stubborn/stupid enough to try and force the run then this could get ugly real fast.
Defense must get heat on Rielly and if he decides to run they have to punish him and punish him hard, not dirty just hard.
White is certainly a threat also and with our linebackers being suspect I expect the Eskimos try to use our own offensive game plan of ball control and running against us. It is also very critical that the defense doesn't give up if we get behind as hard as it is to stay positive they must do so. If the offense sees the defense give up they will certainly follow the example.
I look for this to be a pretty intense game especially at the start and discipline could be a factor. Edmonton is going to try and physically dominate and intimidate the Riders. That could lead to penalty issue for both teams. The Riders must be smart as Edmonton is known to take its fair share of unnecessary roughness penalties so no retaliation and the Riders could gain some critical field position.
Sorry kind of got off topic but one thing kind of lead to the other and off the track I went. :lol: