After a horrible performance on a horrible, wet afternoon at Taylor Field, Rider fans have to again wonder about their favourite football team.
Saskatchewan lost 19-14 to the Montreal Alouettes, who were led by a rookie quarterback starting his first CFL game. Vernon Adams was sacked six times, all in the first half, and was uncatchable in the second half when he threw his first pro touchdown pass.
The Riders had looked calm and confident during their four-game winning streak, which ended Saturday. They were convincing their fans that they might have something going heading into 2017. It looked like Darian Durant, their quarterback, was poised to re-sign and continue leading the team’s resurgence.
But the Riders looked flat against the Alouettes, a team that was on an extended road trip, had just been eliminated from playoff contention and is in the midst of turning over its coaches and disgruntled players.
They really should have beaten the Alouettes under such circumstances.