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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Ideally, a football team would hope to be able to win on its own terms in the playoffs. But that wasn’t to be for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in their semi-final matchup against the B.C. Lions.

The ‘Riders’ greatest strength through the second half of the season was a devastating pass rush which forced sacks and . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Needless to say, there isn’t much to question after a performance like the ‘Riders romp over Hamilton yesterday. But I’ll point out a couple of aspects of the ‘Riders’ recent play which may mean far more than the numbers receiving the most attention so far.

On that front, while “no turnovers in four games!” and . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Two games into the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ regular season, the “experienced team starting quickly” theory is looking fairly solid. But let’s take a look at what’s gone better than expected – as well as where there may be room for concern.

To start with, a couple of areas which looked like possible weaknesses have proven to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

The first half of yesterday’s win over the Argos was filled with missed opportunities for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Yes, it’s generally a plus to hold a 9-point lead at the half. But between a couple of dropped interceptions and an unusually ineffective short-yardage offence, the ‘Riders held that small margin despite outplaying the Argos in . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

The last time the Saskatchewan Roughriders beat the B.C. Lions, the storyline involved Saskatchewan getting just enough breaks to overcome a seeming gap in talent. But last night, the ‘Riders managed to win an entirely different type of game.

The ‘Riders’ offence was perfectly prepared for the CFL’s toughest defence: a constant two-back threat . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

No, this isn’t 2011 all over again. But Saskatchewan Roughriders fans could be forgiven for flashing back to the previous season throughout the team’s loss to the B.C. Lions.

Once again, the ‘Riders’ defence was relatively effective through most of the game against a strong opponent, making some big plays (notably a brilliant third-and-short stand . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Most of the commentary on Friday’s loss to Edmonton has focused on the common traits between the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ last three losses. But the more important developments may have been some new weaknesses which figure to make it much tougher for the ‘Riders to get back in the win column.

To start with the points . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning ‘Rider Blogging