All week the Riders defensive line has been praised left, right and centre for the 10 sacks picked up against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
While well deserved, it takes a lot more than just four guys to achieve that number. The Riders secondary deserves credit for coverage sacks they were able to create.
"There was a lot of coverage sacks out there, but there was a lot out there when the d-line pinned down and got after the quarterback," said defensive back Dwight Anderson. "I'd say about half and half."
The Riders offensive line appears to have picked up where it left off in 2013.
The unit made up of Ben Heenan, Chris Best, Dominic Picard, Brendon LaBatte and Xavier Fulton are considered by many to be one of the best in the league; they keep quarterback Darian Durant on his feet and keep most running backs a 100 yard rusher.
They did it again on Sunday night as Anthony Allen rushed for 158 yards in his CFL debut and they keep Darian Durant clean if not for the rain that soaked his jersey.
But they're not satisfied just yet.
On a night when the Saskatchewan Roughriders honoured the past, the team repeated it with a 31-10 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to open the 2014 regular season.
The Riders proved to be too much for the Ti-Cats, just like they were in November when the home team won the Grey Cup. Yet again, the green and white picked up the win with smothering defence and a dominant running game.
When all was said and don,e the defence had recorded 10 sacks, and new running back Anthony Allen ran for 158 yards in his first regular-season CFL game.
It's time to get going for real.
The 2014 Saskatchewan Roughriders regular season opens against the team they beat to win the 101st Grey Cup on home turf: the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
This game will resemble nothing like that game played back in November of last year, it will be much much warmer, there will be fewer fans thanks to removal of the temporary seating and the big shiny trophy won't be handed out at the end of this game.
The biggest changes however come on the field with both teams turning over much of their roster in the off-season.
The Riders are hosting the Hamilton Tiger-Cats late this afternoon at Mosaic Stadium, a printable version of the depth chart can be found at the bottom of the page.
As the Saskatchewan Roughriders take the field at Mosaic Stadium Sunday, some guest stars will be taking over the Tourism Saskatchewan twitter account.
Brent Butt will be live-tweeting the game under the @Saskatchewan account.
Darian Durant will have one of his favourite targets back on Sunday when the Riders open their regular season against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Receiver Chris Getzlaf will see the field for the first time this weekend after being out for the bulk of training camp and both pre-season games with a nagging quad injury.
"I'm ready to go," Getzlaf told reporters after practice on Friday. "It's been a long road throughout training camp."
The Saskatchewan Roughriders play their first regular season game at Mosiac Stadium this weekend. We asked the fans what they expect from the Riders in the year after winning a Grey Cup Championship.
"They're going to have to work harder and come together as a team. There'll be some new players that will step up and I think we'll be fine," said Neil.
"They don't have the same amount of depth, it's a different year,” Tim commented. “Their salary cap is lower so it's not going to be the same."
The road to the Grey Cup repeat begins on Sunday for the Riders.
It's something that's never been done in the over 100-year history of the franchise and some of the players have been very vocal about the desire to be the first to ever do it. That includes quarterback Darian Durant.
But as the old saying goes, it's harder to repeat than to win.
From the first game of the year to the last, the Riders will have targets on their back as every team in the league will measure themselves against the green and white.