The Saskatchewan Roughriders could no longer defy the odds.
Entering Saturday’s game against the Red Blacks, the Riders were riding a four-game win streak even though the team had scored just six offensive touchdowns in that time.
Pick sixes, kick returns and the foot of Brett Lauther carried the load.
In Saturday’s five-point loss to Ottawa the bubble burst. The Riders could only muster one offensive touchdown in a five-point loss.
It could be argued that the Riders were more impressive after the game than during.
Zach Collaros suggested that his play needed to improve the most. That’s the right answer when you are the quarterback and the highest paid player.
Riders coach Chris Jones correctly said the offensive struggles go beyond Collaros. That, too, is the right answer.
Drops and penalties have been part of the reason why this Rider offense hasn’t scored more touchdowns.
The silver lining is that this team seems to have each others’ back in the locker room, which tells me that they are willing to play for each other on the field.