Friday, July 31, 2015
GOLD'S GYM EAST ROUGHRIDERS AT ESKIMOS PREVIEW
7:00 pm, Friday, Commonwealth Stadium
TSN, ESPN2, CKRM Rider Radio Network
RIDERS: Road 0-1, vs West 0-3
ESKIMOS: Home 2-0, vs West 1-0
RIDERS OFFENSE: RUSH 1ST, PASS 1ST, OVERALL 1ST
QB Kevin Glenn is the CFL's #1 passer (1483 yds) but has gone to the 6-game IL ... Rookie Brett Smith (Wyoming) makes his first pro start tonight ... RB Jerome Messam leads the CFL rushing (329 yds, 1 TD) ... SB Weston Dressler is #2 in CFL receiving (403 yds, 2 TDs) ... Riders are 1st in points scored and 3rd in fewest sacks.
ESKS OFFENSE: RUSH 2ND, PASS 7TH, OVERALL 6TH
QB Matt Nichols is 8th in CFL passing (658 yds, 4 TDs, 5 INTs) and is 3-5 as a starter ... RB Shakir Bell leads the club in rushing (239 yds, 0 TDs) ... REC Adarius Bowman leads the team in receiving (270 yds, 3 TDs) ... Eskimos are 4th in points scored and 6th in sacks allowed.
RIDERS DEFENSE: RUSH 9TH, PASS 6TH, OVERALL 8TH
LB Macho Harris and DE Alex Hall lead the club in sacks (2) ... LB Jake Doughty leads in INT (1) ... Linebacker Jeff Knox Jr. leads the team in tackles (30) ... Riders are 9th in points allowed and 7th in sacks.
ESKS DEFENSE: RUSH 3RD, PASS 2ND, OVERALL 1ST
DE Marcus Howard leads the league in sacks (5) ... CB Patrick Watkins leads the club in tackles (18) ... CB John Ojo leads the team in INT (2) ... Eskimos are #1 in fewest points allowed and 2nd in sacks.
RIDERS SPEC TEAMS: K Paul McCallum is 10/11 on field goals ... P Ray Early has a punting average of 46.8 (3rd-best) ... Tristan Jackson leads in KR and PR yards ... DE Dylan Ainsworth leads the league in ST tackles (7).
ESKS SPEC TEAMS: K Grant Shaw is 9/9 on field goals and has made 15 in a row ... He is the 7th-ranked punter (44.5) ... S. Dawson leads the team in KR and Kendial Lawrence leads in PR yards ... LB Deon Lacey is tied for the league lead with 7 ST tackles.
INTANGIBLES: The referee is Al Bradbury ... Eskimos are 6th in turnover ratio (-1) while the Riders are 8th (-6) ... Edmonton is the 2nd least-penalized team while Saskatchewan is 8th ... The Eskimos are favoured by 10 points ... It will be sunny and 27 degrees Celsius by game time ... The attendance will be at least 35,000 making it the largest-attended game in the CFL this year.