Five days after putting in a less than impressive effort against the Montreal Alouettes, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are ready to get back on the field Thursday night.
The 1-2 Riders will take on the 2-1 Tiger-Cats in a 7 o’clock start at Mosaic Stadium with the home side feeling confident about their chances despite stumbling their way through a 23-17 loss to the Alouettes.
Spencer Moore is one Rider who can’t wait to emerge from the tunnel and attempt to re-establish what his football team is all about just days after the loss to Montreal which has left the fanbase enraged.
“Yeah I think it’s definitely better that we have had a short week because we didn’t have a lot of time to dwell about it,” Moore said. “We were able to come back in and re-focus. We have moved on and we are ready to take on what is a very good football team.”
Brandon Bridge will once again start at quarterback despite being pulled in the first half for David Watford in the Montreal game.
He says there are a couple of things he knows need improving if his team is to go into its first bye week of the season with a 2-2 record.
“Decision making, making sure I’m not putting the ball in jeopardy and making sure I am not putting our defence in a terrible situation.” Bridge said. ” At the end of the day, it was a bad half of football, I just have to bounce back, take what the defence gives me and execute the game-plan.
Head Coach Chris Jones says the advice he would give to Bridge and Watford if needed is simple.
“I just want them to do what they do and be someone they are not.” Jones said. “Use the strenghts God gave you, just go through your progressions and don’t try to do too much and win the game on every play. Just let the offence take control for you and wait for your opportunities to present themselves. If you don’t know what to do with the football, then do what God gave you.”
Jones also had a message for the fans—many whom are pushing the panic button after the loss to the Alouettes and the early 1-2 record.
‘To be honest with you, my worries are about the football team and not the fans. If we went undefeated, there would be somebody complaining. ” Jones said. “I remember when we won the state championship in high school. I was sitting in a cafe the next day and people were complaining we didn’t throw the ball more. I know what we’ve got to do, we’ve been here before and unfortunately we’ve stubbed our toe again. We’ve taken too many penalties and that cost us last week. We have to correct that, play good football and get back to our winning ways.”
Game time Thursday is 7 o’clock with our pre-game show starting on 620 CKRM starting at 4.