My single biggest concern of this game, and IMO what lost it for them was the Defensive Tackles, especially LDT. They where run over and manhandled all game long. The Stamps just pushed them out of the way and ran up the gut, even when the Riders new it was coming.
My second big concern was the call to punt with like 220 left. They needed to gamble, especially w/o a timeout. DD had a clear path to run for the first down on 2nd down, but it is hard to criticize him after he did what he did with his legs in that game. Really bad call by Chamblin.
Taking DD further...that pick...idunno that was just one of those plays i guess. He also had the unfortunate fumble...gotta protect that ball. I think he fumbled 9 times last year and lost 5...he is on the same pace. Really, other than that he played a pretty solid game. There were a couple really bad passes, but that is to be expected in those crazy winds. He was also hampered by some really bad drops by multiple receivers...Getz had a couple. Going back to the decision to throw on 2nd down late....it was a tough pass he tried, but Dressler comes up with that most of the time. However, I'm not sure I would try to thread the sideline like that in the wind.
The defense as a whole never showed up until 5 minutes into the 3rd, but looked pretty good after that. Letting the Stamps march at will the first 2 drives was painful to watch, but I say again...that was a brutal roughing the passer call...he was in the air and horizontal well before the ball was thrown...just a horrid call. It happens, but it really pissed me off.
As for the missed FG, a lot of people where I was sitting got rather upset. I don't know how well this showed up on TV, but before the snap the wind was just howling...right at snap the wind died in at least half, and he pushed it wide. If the wind had not died that kick is good all day long...that was a miss based on mother nature...totally out of his control.
End of the game...these clubs were actually pretty well matched. the DTs /Calgary's effective running along with the Rider int and were the real difference makers. Not much more could be asked from DD in this game...he played rather well, and was mobile. Drops are out of his control.