By Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
Calgary Stampeders @ Saskatchewan Roughriders
Friday October 3rd – 10PM EST
Calgary: 11-2, 1-game winning streak, 361 points for, 239 points against
Saskatchewan: 9-4, 1-game losing streak, 296 points for, 289 points against
Previous results: Calgary and Saskatchewan have not yet played in 2014
The Stampeders have remained dominant for the bulk of 2014 for one reason; continuity. As any team has, Calgary has experienced key injuries. With a deep team in every phase of the game, the Stampeders have won pretty, won ugly, but they have won. Defensively, the Stampeders need to keep the pressure up front with their sack-leading defensive line. If Saskatchewan wants to challenge Calgary’s secondary, it will only be realized by testing the Stampeder run-defence first. Drew Tate is slated to take the helm on offense once again. More reps should result in a strong performance from the Texan gunslinger. Jon Cornish is in, which is a statement in itself.
Saskatchewan needs to address several factors to be successful against the league’s best team. Seth Doege, the rookie quarterback will need to rely on his 3-headed monster that wreaked much havoc not that long ago. With consistent rushing, Doege should gain confidence in the need for high-percentage throws, and not so many risky tosses down field. John Chick and his crew of voracious defenders will be hungry this week, and they will need to be as Jon Cornish has averaged 124-yards per game in 2014.
A Calgary win has huge implications this week, as it would assure the Stampeders a spot in the 2014 playoffs. Not only that, but it would send Saskatchewan back another game placing them at a disadvantage should Edmonton win against Toronto. The Roughriders need a decisive win as their margin of victory has been outweighed by their deficits recently, despite a 9-4 record.
Calgary hits quick, but needs to holds on for an 18-10 Stampeder barn-burner victory.