A 20-point loss to a division rival hurts, so perhaps some big picture perspective will be of some comfort to the Rider Nation.
As of Aug. 12, the 2 and 4 Saskatchewan Roughriders hadn’t defeated a divisional opponent.
With four western teams on the horizon, things looked bleak.
Then on Aug.13, the Riders responded with a 33-point victory over B.C. The Green and White followed up with a 54-point effort over Edmonton.
Saskatchewan then stormed out to a 34-point first half in a 38-24 win over the Bombers in the Labor Day Classic.
It was a three-game stretch where the Riders outscored western opponents 133-63. What was most impressive was how all three phases of the Rider game was not only performing, but putting up points.
Saturday’s Banjo Bowl setback was frustrating to watch.
There were issues with offence, defence and special teams that allowed Winnipeg to salvage a September split and win the season series.
However, fans should be encouraged that the problems aren’t chronic and, as we saw back on Aug. 13th, can be fixed in a hurry.