If that was a Grey Cup preview, sign the Saskatchewan Roughriders up.
On Thanksgiving Monday afternoon the Roughriders blasted the Toronto Argonauts 36-10 at Rogers Centre for their third-straight victory and a share of second-place in the CFL West.
With a crucial set of games on the horizon, including a potential first-place battle with the BC Lions in Week 19, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are heating up at the right time.
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Things went the Riders' way right from the opening kickoff when RB Brandon West returned it 84 yards. The Riders got a field goal on the drive and never trailed the rest of the way.
CFL observers may scoff at the notion of the game being a Grey Cup preview, but it's a distinct possibility. The 100th Grey Cup game will be played November 25th at Rogers Centre and both the Riders and Argos are right in the thick of it. Rider coach Corey Chamblin was the first to point that Monday's encounter might be a sneak peek of the CFL's championship match.
"It was a total team effort," Chamblin revealed. "We said we'd approach it like a championship game with the last two wins over Calgary, BC and now here. It was a championship-type game and we played like it and finished."
Did they ever. The Riders never turned the ball over and tailback Kory Sheets surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season on a 48-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Right around that time pivot Darian Durant launched a 78-yard touchdown bomb to Weston Dressler. They were rockin' and rollin'.
Of course, these two teams will meet again before the season is over, in Regina, and Toronto will be a much different team by then. They were missing their top quarterback and top rusher on Monday so Chamblin wasn't getting too cocky.
"There's still room for improvement," Chamblin reasoned. "Jarious (Jackson) is a good quarterback but that isn't the real Toronto offence. The next time we face them they'll have Ricky Ray and Chad Kackert."
Rod Pedersen is the Voice of the Saskatchean Roughriders on 620 CKRM. You can check out his award-winning blog at www.rodpedersen.com. Follow Rod on Twitter @sportscage.
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