This is a nothing game for the Roughriders, who at 5-12, have nothing to lose. All the pressure is squarely on Edmonton, who at 10-7, need a win to have the possibility of finishing in first place in the Western Division. (Also need a Montreal win over British Columbia tomorrow night).
The Eskimos simply cannot take the Roughriders lightly. Even though they have had their struggles this season, they are still the defending Western Conference champions and have represented the West in three of the last four Grey Cups.
Saskatchewan does have offensive weapons to beat Edmonton tonight. Ryan Dinwiddie (654 passing yards in 8 games), and a receiving corps led by Weston Dressler, Chris Getzlaf and Jason Clermont are more than capable of coming into Edmonton and delivering the upset. Last week Saskatchewan beat Hamilton 19-3 in an excellent defensive effort where Kevin Glenn was intercepted four times, including twice by non-import defensive back Craig Butler.
Ricky Ray and the Eskimos need to be cautious and not be too over confident in their attempt for victory tonight. It will be interesting to see how the Eskimos handle the pressure of being the favourites, and handling the pressure with first place in the West on the line.