I’m a realist. I’m picking Calgary to beat the Riders at McMahon Stadium on Saturday.
A Saskatchewan loss on the scoreboard may not be a lost cause for the team as it tries to improve.
I go back to the July 1 game against Winnipeg where the Riders put up 40 points and 397 yards in offence, but lost.
The Riders controlled the football for 32:55 of that game, had just 50 yards in penalties and defensively had four sacks.
Four plays cost Saskatchewan a win in that contest: two coverage breakdowns, a botched kickoff return, and a ball off the upright.
The Riders, a team still developing chemistry, visit a Calgary squad that hasn’t lost a regular season home game since 2015.
Saskatchewan isn’t yet ready to win against a team as talented as the Stampeders. That doesn’t mean the team isn’t capable of eliminating mistakes and getting better.
There’s something to be said for realistic expectations.