The Saskatchewan Roughriders offence during a huddle. (photo courtesy of riderville.com)
The Saskatchewan Roughriders arrived back in Regina on Saturday following a 28-20 loss to the Eskimos in Edmonton at Commonwealth Stadium the night before. The Green & White continues to look for answers after their third straight loss has dropped them from undefeated and first in the CFL's West Division to 3-3 and tied for last.
"We're just not finishing; just not closing out games; just not finishing when it's time," said quarterback Darian Durant, who along with running back Kory Sheets put together statistical performances good enough to win, but weren't enough. Durant threw for 401 yards and Sheets had 216 total yards.
"We just didn't win and that's what it's all about, so I'm not staisfied," added Durant.
The Riders committed nine penalties and turned the ball over three times in the loss. "We did enough things to where we could have won the game, but the biggest thing is we can't be our own enemy," said head coach Corey Chamblin. "Statiscally we probably won in a lot of areas, but the only stat that matters it the win-loss column."
Chamblin says it's good that this losing streak is coming early in the season and he feels the team is learning some valuable lessons, "Hopefully we can get them all out of the way, or have got them all out of the way, so that we can go forward. There's some individual play that's really outstanding and I think we're heading in the right direction, but we've just got to turn it into wins."
Durant adds that they still have plenty of time to correct their mistakes, "Good thing that these things are happening early, so that you can figure out what's going wrong and try to fix them the best way you can and make sure that those things don't happen anymore."
The Riders will be back on the practice field on Monday to start working on correcting those problems. They head to BC to take on the 4-2 Lions next Sunday.