Saturday, August 8, 2015
GOLD'S GYM EAST ROUGHRIDERS AT ARGONAUTS PREVIEW
5:00 pm Sask Time, Rogers Centre
TSN, ESPN3, 620 CKRM Rider Radio Network
RIDERS: Road 0-2, vs East 0-2
ARGOS: Home 1-0, vs West 3-1
RIDER OFFENSE: RUSH 1ST, PASS 2ND, OVERALL 1ST
QB Brett Smith (17/27, 144 yds, 2 INTs, 0 Tds) makes his 2nd pro start ... RB Jerome Messam is 3rd in CFL rushing (356 yds, 1 TD) ... REC Weston Dressler is 4th in CFL receiving (416 yds, 2 TDs) ... Riders are #2 in points scored and 6th in fewest sacks allowed.
ARGO OFFENSE: RUSH 8TH, PASS 1ST, OVERALL 2ND
QB Trevor Harris is #2 in CFL passing (1503 yds, 12 TDs, 4 INTs) ... RB Brandon Whitaker is 6th in CFL rushing (272 yds, 0 TDs) ... WR Vidal Hazelton is their top receiver (332 yds, 2 TDs) ... Argos are 5th in points scored and 5th in sacks allowed.
RIDER DEFENSE: RUSH 7TH, PASS 8TH, OVERALL 7TH
DE Alex Hall leads the team in sacks (4) ... LB Jake Doughty has the team's lone interception (1) ... LB Jeff Knox leads the club in tackles (38) ... Riders are last in points allowed and 4th in sacks (11).
ARGO DEFENSE: RUSH 4TH, PASS 3RD, OVERALL 4TH
DL Cleion Lang and DL Euclid Cummings lead the club in sacks (2), DE Ricky Foley has (1) ... DB Devin Smith leads the team in INT (2) ... LB Greg Jones leads in tackles (30) ... Argos are 6th in points scored and 8th in sacks.
RIDER SPEC TEAMS: K Paul McCallum is 11/12 on field goals and hit his 700th career field goal last week ... P Ray Early is 3rd in punting average (47.4) ... Tristan Jackson leads in PR and KR yards ... DE Dylan Ainsworth leads the league in ST tackles (7).
ARGO SPEC TEAMS: K Ronnie Pfeffer is 8/10 on field goals and is 7th in punting average (43.3) ... Chad Owens leads in PR yards and Henry Josey leads in KR yards ... FB Brendan Gillanders is their leader in ST tackles (5).
INTANGIBLES: The referee is Tom Vallesi ... Saskatchewan is a CFL-worst -9 in the turnover ratio while Toronto is 5th (+0) ... The Riders are the CFL's most-penalized team while Toronto is 6th ... The forecast calls for clouds and 23 degrees with east winds at 20 km/h ... The Argos are favoured by 9-points ... Toronto won 42-40 in double overtime at Saskatchewan in Week 2 ... After this week the Riders have a bye.