If you're a follower of this blog (and we appreciate every one of you) we all know that there are PLENTY of reasons to play hard so don't subscribe to the wrong people when it comes to Sask.
Today's victory is going to be as tough to come by as any opponent. The Montreal Alouettes have the ability to play GREAT Defense, and with Gun Slinger Jonathan Crompton manning the helm on Offense, the Als have the potential to run up the score if we're not on our Ps and Qs.
All eyes on the Montreal D vs. The Saskatchewan O today. When the Montreal defenders take the field, one of the things that has made them successful in the past is the way that they use their Dline and Linebackers. The Defensive Coordinator in La Belle Province, Noel Thorpe, is going to throw 3 Dlinemen out there and then use the rest of his talented LB core to round out their front 7. The Alouettes will stunt and move around, challenging the Offensive Line to be on top of their communication and protection assignments in order to create pressure on the QB.
Here's the key...
While the Alouettes front 7 (in whatever form that comes in) is creating chaos, the secondary for the Angry Birds has a propensity to play Man on Man Coverage behind their big guys.
The Saskatchewan Roughrider slot backs, Dress, Bagger, and Rossevelt, MUST WIN THEIR 1 on 1s today as KG probably won't have the time to get the ball deep to his Wider Pass Catchers.
If guys like #7 can win their intermediate routes against talented vets like #17 Billy Parker the Roughriders have a great chance to upend the crossover hopefuls from the Eastern Division...
WINNING THE 1 on 1 BATTLES IN THE SLOT...The Green and White GOTTA HAVE IT!!!