It’s not quite do-or-die for the Roughriders just yet, but it’s getting close.
Currently at 4-8 and last in the West, Saskatchewan still has more than an outside shot at making the post-season. Both the 6-6 Lions in the West and the 6-6 Tiger-Cats in the East are within reach for a post-season berth, but the Riders will probably have to run the table – or close – to make it happen.
With six games left, Saskatchewan will likely have to win four or five and hope BC plays about .500 football to have a shot at third place in the West.
The chances are slim for a Roughrider crossover to the East, but it’s not out of reach. Basically, the Riders will have to win the rest of their games and hope for Hamilton to completely implode – but hey, crazier things have happened.
A win or two by the Ticats, however, and you can count that option out.
Calgary, on the other hand, is virtually a lock for the post-season, but has been struggling of late. The Stamps go into Saturday’s affair after losing two in a row and three of their last four, including a 55-36 takedown by the Tiger-Cats in last week’s hugely-successful Touchdown Atlantic game.
The Stampeder offence has been performing at a good clip all season and its 36 points last is certainly nothing to sneeze at. The 55 allowed by the Calgary defence, however, will have to be corrected.
Hamilton quarterback Kevin Glenn torched the Stamps last week, going 16-of-23 for 276 yards and three majors, with receiver Marcus Thigpen collecting 139 of those yards and snagging two of Glenn’s TD passes.
Calgary will probably score the points it needs for a win – it’ll have to contain the Rider offence, however, to get a win.