Riders 30 – Stampeders 25
Now that’s the Rider team I like to see. Sunday’s game was far from perfect but they proved that if they do the right things they can hang with and beat good teams. What are those “right things you ask” well: run the ball a lot, take shots downfield, protect the QB, don’t turn the ball over, make your best receiver the focal point of the offense, show a little creativity on offense (i.e. something that isn’t a 7 yard pattern), stuff the run, pressure the QB and force the QB to try and beat us through the air with little time to make his throws. They are all simple and painfully obvious but in our loses all year we have failed to do some or all of these. When we do these things we win. That and overtly threaten people’s employment, we can’t forget about that.
Now we’ll never know who Chamblin was planning to fire if Cornish hit 100. Don’t get me wrong I’m happy about that but I’m still mildly curious who it would have been. But given how fired up the guys on D seemed to be take stuff Cornish maybe next week he can make a similar threat to a receiver not named Dressler. We made Cornish our bitch all day, so much so that by the end he was taking off his pants and just offering us his backside.
I have been highly critical of our OC and offense in general this year but I have to give credit where credit is due. They played/called a good game. Durant played a solid game, unspectacular but he made smart decisions, moved the chains and didn’t turn the ball over. It was probably the most effective I`ve seen him without him using his legs. I really liked the call and execution on the Dressler TD. As I mentioned before stretching the field (even though we didn’t always connect) and leaning on Dressler were huge. Really liked how we used Sheets and Sanders (not sure if Sheets is hurt or the team just realized that he won’t make playoffs if we ride him too hard... there`s a Willy joke in there too but I’m sure you can figure it out on your own).
When will we learn? Bad things happen when you throw to Getzlaf! I honestly can’t believe we won after starting like that. Sadly, Taj Smith made Getzlaf look like an all-star by comparison out there. It’s becoming painfully obvious that we have no reliable receiver above 4 feet tall. We better figure out what the hell we are doing with Carr (and no I don’t consider one pass for 9 yards figuring it out) because it won’t be long before Dressler starts getting octupled. Big congrats to the O-line for a job well done.
It was nice of the defense to finally show up before giving up 2 TDs like in previous weeks. And they showed up looking to inflict pain, no only on Cornish but on Kevin Glenn who was harassed all day back there. It should come as no surprise that it took Calgary next to no time to remember that Milt Collins was an awful HB (decent corner but terrible inside, just ask Chris Getzlaf, a large part of his Stampeder killer fame is thanks to the coverage skills of Collins). Russ looks to be out for a while so hopefully we come up with some other option to replace him. It was sure nice of Glenn to throw that perfect hook route to Lobendahn (world`s easiest pick). Maybe someone should remind Glenn that Lobendahn hasn`t been a member of the Stampeders since training camp... he must have missed the memo. We also did a great job shutting down Lewis, which is hard to do... I mean seriously it would be easier to keep him away from the buffet table than keep him from making catches.
It wasn`t pretty... I mean we did fumble twice in the first 2 possession, endure Taj Smith dropping balls like he was going through puberty and attempt an awfully executed gamble in a punting situation. But all 3 phases of the game made plays when they needed to and the end result was a much needed and deserved win.
Other random thoughts:
- I love Odell Willis at the end of the game... `You call that roughing the passer? I`ll show you roughing the passer!`` Poor Kevin Glenn.
- It was obvious that Durant`s hip was not 100% when we expanded Willy`s short yardage duty to include 2nd and 3.
- If all we were going to do was run on that fake punt why not just stay in punt formation and direct snap rather than giving the Stamps time to read and react to a non-punting formation?
- On that Sanders fumble I think whatever the call on the field was was going to stand, evidence was not conclusive either way, lucky for us the refs sided with us first.
- Wow did that one Stampeder coach send his headset flying after that failed 3rd down attempt!