Roughriders Play Host To Best in the West
Lions all set to tackle a red hot Green Machine.
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It’s well documented that the home-field advantage in Saskatchewan is second to none. Having already bested the BC Lions in Regina, ‘Rider fans will be in full throat once again as they try to get under the skin of the Lions.
With kickoff being pushed back to 8:00pm local time you can bet that the Melon heads will be well “oiled” for this night-time affair.
But, alas, the game is played on the field, not in stands and the Leo’s will bring a solid game plan into the prairies along with their 3 game winning streak while the Riders have won 3 of their past 4 and can slide into 2nd place with a win on Saturday.
With two teams playing solidly on both sides of the ball the Top Shelf Keys to the Game will feature prominently on individual match-ups.
The Offensive Line rarely gets enough respect in these pre-game previews but this match-up pits one of the best pass rushers against the one of the strongest Offensive Tackles.
I’m a talking about Saskatchewan’s Odell Willis versus BC’s Jovan Olafioye. If Willis has his day with the big Tackle it will be a long day for QB Travis Lulay.
Odell recorded 2 sacks and fumble in the last meeting of these clubs.
After a break out game in their last meeting, where he earned Canadian Player of the Week honours, S Cauchy Muamba has not had an interception and has only recorded 9 tackles in 5 games.
With the Roughriders coming off a solid win over Calgary and their SB Weston Dressler charting almost 100 yards, Muamba will need to step up again to thwart the Green Machine.
With the autumn winds starting to swirl around Mosaic stadium in Regina, a key to success will be with the team that can run the ball the best.
Neither back featured prominently at BC Place with Sheets recording 28 yards and Harris just 19 yards on the turf.
Lions WR Kierrie Johnsonreturned from a broken arm last week-end and wasted no time becoming the prime target for Lulay.
With a full week to get additional preparation and all other targets healthy, the BC pivot will not hesitate at all to stretch the field by attacking downfield. It was the long ball that secured the win the last time these teams squared off.
With Geroy Simon finally getting a TD catch this season, hopefully the floodgates open up for #81.
Saskatchewan’s QB Darian Durant is a game changer, sometimes for the good, sometimes not so good.
Equally talented with his arm as he is with his feet, the Lions should employ a spy game on him with LB Adam Bighill. The knock on Durant is that he is prone cough up the ball and Bighill should be right there to clean up the mess.
BC’s team leader INT’s also has one recorded fumble recovery. Bighill always seems to step out of the dark to force turnovers.
- Lions DT Khalif Mitchell will be sidelined with a leg injury. Rookie Jabar Westerman will start in Mitchell’s absence.
- Lions Kick Returner Tim Brown will also miss this match. It appears that Anthony Stewart will be Brown’s replacement. Stewart is capable of returning kicks and can line up in the Offensive backfield plus he showed real promise in the pre-season.
- This will be the first time we see LB Solomon Elimimian line up on Defence.
It’s hard not to get excited about a game in Regina.
Although they appear less talented on paper, Saskatchewan always seems to give BC fits, especially when playing in front of their rowdy fans.
Coach Mike Benvides looks to have most pieces in place as he hopes to triumph at Mosaic Stadium for the first time as head coach.
Cheers, The Bartender