The Saskatchewan Roughriders season can be broken down into four parts.
The first part is over. Five games against the East where they went 3-2. That record was easily the number they had to have coming out if hosting a home playoff game is still the goal.
Now, the second phase. It’s a six-game stretch against all western opponents. They play Calgary at home twice, Edmonton and B.C. on the road and that classic home and home set to finish it off with Winnipeg in the Labour Day Classic and Banjo Bowl.
It’s an important stretch as these will be six of the 10 western games they play and over the last few seasons, the west vs west records have been the determining factor on first thru fifth.
So you see why there is already pressure on the Riders to win. A record of 4-2 or better would be ideal, 3-3 at the very least and if it’s a losing record and they’re 5-6 going into the final stretch, that would put them in chase mode for a playoff spot in the final half of the season.
Do we know who the real Riders are? Not yet but I think we’re about to find out.