Sunday, August 30, 2015
GOLD'S GYM EAST ROUGHRIDERS AT REDBLACKS PREVIEW
Sunday, 2 pm Sask Time, TD Place Stadium
TSN, ESPN2, 620 CKRM Rider Network
Pregame Coverage: 11:00 am, 620 CKRM
RIDERS: Road 0-3, vs East 0-3
REDBLACKS: Home 3-1, vs West 2-3
RIDER OFFENSE: RUSH 1ST, PASS 2ND, OVERALL 1ST
Rookie QB Brett Smith is 0-3 as a starter (61.6%, 623 yds, 5 TDs, 4 INTs) ... SB Weston Dressler is 9th in CFL receiving (450 yds, 3 TDs) ... RB Jerome Messam is 2nd in CFL rushing (492 yds, 1 TD) ... Riders are 4th in points scored and 4th in fewest sacks allowed.
REDBLACK OFFENSE: RUSH 9TH, PASS 3RD, OVERALL 5TH
QB Henry Burris is 4th in CFL passing (69.3%, 2235 yds, 9 TDs, 6 INTs) ... REC Chris Williams in 5th in CFL receiving (490 yds, 1 TD) ... RB Jeremiah Johnson is is their leading active back (86 yds, 3 TDs) ... Ottawa is 9th in points scored and 6th in sacks allowed.
RIDER DEFENSE: RUSH 7TH, PASS 9TH, OVERALL 8TH
DE's John Chick and Alex Hall lead the club in sacks (5) ... Brackenridge, Doughty and Green lead in INT (1) ... LB Jeff Knox Jr. is #2 in CFL tackles (49) ... Riders are 9th in points allowed and 7th in sacks.
REDBLACK DEFENSE: RUSH 4TH, PASS 2ND, OVERALL 2ND
DL Aston Whiteside is tied for the league sack lead (6) ... DB Jerrell Gavins leads the club in INT (3) ... LB Damaso Munoz is their leading active tackler (31) ... RedBlacks are 6th in points allowed and 2nd in sacks.
RIDER SPEC TEAMS: K Paul McCallum is 16/18 on field goals ... P Ray Early is 3rd in CFL punting average (46.2) ... Steven Miller leads in PR and KR yards ... Jeff Knox Jr. leads in ST tackles (9).
REDBLACK SPEC TEAMS: K Chris Milo is 3/4 on FGs ... Former Argo Ronnie Pfeffer makes his RedBlacks debut (44.2 avg) ... Jeremiah Johnson is their active KR yardage leader while Chris Williams leads in PR yards ... LB James Green leads in ST tackles (8).
INTANGIBLES: The referee is Kim Murphy ... Riders are a CFL-worst -9 in turnover ratio while Ottawa is ranked 6th at -3 ... Saskatchewan is the CFL's most-penalized team while Ottawa is 4th ... TD Place Stadium is sold out to capacity (24,000) for this game ... Ottawa is favoured by 2.5-points ... The forecast calls for sunshine and 27 degrees Celsius ... Saskatchewan swept the two game season series in 2014 including a 38-14 win at Ottawa on August 2nd.