The Rider Nation is reeling following Saturday’s beatdown at the hands of Winnipeg.
Many things contributed to the Bomber dominance and the Rider demise.
Every team has to deal with a week and a kickoff time that isn’t ideal. A 12 p.m. Saskatchewan time start combined with just five days off between games favoured the Bombers.
Winnipeg’s coaches had time to implement a defensive scheme that was effective against a Rider offense that didn’t practice as much as they would in a normal week.
Injuries have hurt Saskatchewan. In my mind, the biggest injury is to centre Dan Clark. Brendon Labatte is an admirable fill-in, but Labatte was missed at guard. Adam Bighill and the other Bomber defenders had a field day.
Injuries should never be an excuse, but the “next man up” theory didn’t pan out on Saturday.
Finally, the 9-7 Winnipeg Blue Bombers are a good football team. Based on that theory, so are the Saskatchewan Roughriders with a 10-6 record.
It’s time to look ahead to the Stampeders.