The same Saskatchewan Roughrider team that beat the Toronto Argonauts in week one of the CFL schedule were back last night, systematically dismantling the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 31-20 in a competent, methodical and efficient manner.
Each phase of the Roughriders’ game produced moments of brilliance and, more importantly, never did anything particularly bone-headed or embarrassing. Even the one special teams breakdown that allowed the Tiger-Cats to run a punt back for a touchdown was made up by a subsequent Roughrider special teams touchdown. Let’s face it, bad shit is gonna happen in every game and good teams find ways to compensate.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders that showed up last night were a well-coached football team that appeared to possess a good balance of grizzled veterans, players in their prime and young talent with fresh legs. Everyone contributed when, where and how they were asked to contribute; everyone did their jobs.
Saskatchewan Roughriders Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, General Manager, Vice-President of Football Operations, and guy who certainly sounds and acts like he could not care less what anyone thinks, Chris Jones, deserves the lion’s share of the credit. (Obviously, he doesn’t care.)
Experienced members of Rider Nation recognize quality football largely because we have been presented with the exact opposite for most of our residency in Riderville. This is a quality football team.
Now, as for next week, who knows what we’ll get.