It’s pretty early in the CFL season, but at 3-2, it’s imperative for the Saskatchewan Roughriders to win most of them.
Right now they are fourth in the West Division, just ahead of the 3-3 B.C. Lions. If the Riders were in the East Division, they would be on top, as the Toronto Argonauts only have two wins and the other teams just have one.
In the next six games, Saskatchewan plays the Winnipeg Blue Bombers three times. Winnipeg is back in the west after Ottawa rejoined the league, and the Bombers are on top of the division with a record of 5-1.
After finishing with three wins last season, Winnipeg is off to a hot start.
Saskatchewan’s three wins this season have come against the east, and all of them have been blowouts.
These next few games will be a test for the Riders to see if they can really compete in the west.
Their upcoming game is against the Blue Bombers on the road, and that will be a strong test for the Riders.
Since Winnipeg has been successful this year, fans are filling up that stadium, and have proven to be a factor, as they are loud throughout the game.
The Bombers feature former Rider quarterback Drew Willy, as he was traded to Winnipeg during the offseason.
He has proven to be great for the Bombers, as he has been the offensive player of the week twice already this season.
After the Bombers, the Riders play the Montreal Alouettes. The Riders should be able to win that one, as it is a home game. Also, the Alouettes are really struggling offensively this year, after the retirement of long time quarterback Anthony Calvillo.
The next game is against the Lions, which will be another tough game for the Riders, as both teams are off to similarly inconsistent starts. Then it’s time for the Labour Day Classic and the Banjo Bowl showdowns against Winnipeg.
The Riders have defeated Winnipeg in the classic nine straight years, and they have won the Banjo Bowl several times, too. But with Winnipeg playing productive football those are going to be really close games.
Expect the Riders to prove that they can compete in the west by winning at least two games against the Bombers, and by beating B.C.