Suddenly the Saskatchewan Roughriders are part of a five-horse race in the CFL’s West Division.
Namaan Roosevelt caught every catchable pass thrown at him. Kacey Rodgers and Jovon Johnson returned interceptions for touchdowns and Willie Jefferson – who is making a case as the best defensive player in the league – blocked an Edmonton punt, scooped the ball and ran for a touchdown in Saskatchewan’s 54-31 pasting of the Eskimos.
It was Edmonton’s second straight loss, Saskatchewan’s second straight victory. Both wins were impressive. Almost buried for dead a couple weeks ago, the Roughriders now have a 4-4 record and are breathing down the necks of the struggling B.C. Lions, who currently hold the last playoff position available for the Western teams.
Calgary, Winnipeg and Edmonton sit atop the West with seven wins apiece. Calgary and Edmonton are about to begin a home-and-home series. So are the Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who start the set with Sunday’s Labour Day Classic. There may not be two more confident teams in the CFL right now, two teams playing better, than Saskatchewan and Winnipeg. Let’s see who blinks first.