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Riders defence promising better effort against B.C.
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The Riders defence is looking for a different outcome.

Last time the Green and White faced the B.C. Lions, they were gashed along the ground with over 200 yards rushing. Lions running back Andrew Harris had over 200 yards from scrimmage.

"That's completely unacceptable with this defence, this team and it's not going to happen (against the Lions)," said safety Tyron Brackenridge.

Riders add kicking depth
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders kicking game is now firmly in the spotlight.

The team did the expected on Wednesday and announced the signing of Canadian kicker Justin Palardy. Palardy hasn't played a game yet this year after being released by the Ottawa RedBlacks during training camp. Previously, Palardy played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The move itself might not be much of a surprise but the reasoning behind it might not be what you think.

Patient Riders down Alouettes 16-11
Patient Riders down Alouettes 16-11
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

Patience is considered the greatest virtue and the Roughriders showed it in spades on Saturday winning their fourth game in a row 16-11 over the Montreal Alouettes.

Fans, players and media alike had to be patient during the game as both teams showed little ability to put up yards on offence let alone scoring touchdowns. It wasn't until the start of the fourth quarter that the Riders were able to break the stalemate and score a major in the hands of the Rob Bagg.

Riders release images of new special edition jersey
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Thanks to help from Rider Nation, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have released images of the new special edition jersey.

The jersey is part of Reebok's new CFL Signature uniforms. The new jersey will be worn by each team twice the season as well as in seasons to follow.

Players on each team got their first glimpse of the new uniforms already, including Rider Rob Bagg.

Defence comes to the rescue in Riders 23-17 over Winnipeg
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

There are many ways you could describe that one for the Saskatchewan Roughriders; the one word that comes immediately to mind is gutsy.

The Riders had the entire deck stacked against them in Winnipeg on Thursday night: a short week, an extended road trip and problems off the field. They didn't make it easy on themselves either by taking 17 penalties in the game, some of which kept Bomber drives alive, but somehow they managed to pull an ugly game out of the fire and down the Bombers 23-17 at a sold-out Investors Group Field.

GAME DAY: Riders vs Blue Bombers depth charts

paNOW Staff

The Riders close out their two-game road trip tonight in Winnipeg against the 5-1 Blue Bombers.

Attached are the depth chart for both teams. Printable versions can be found at the bottom of the page.

Rider fans look forward to renewed Winnipeg rivalry
By Brady Knight paNOW Staff

The Riders have yet to sell out a game this season, and there's nowhere near the hype from last year's Grey Cup win, but this week's matchup in Winnipeg might be just the thing to re-energize Rider Nation.

For the first time since 2005, Saskatchewan will meet Winnipeg three times in the regular season. And fans seem pretty confident their team will come through with a win.

VIDEO: Taj Smith charged with violating conditions of release
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders will be without receiver Taj Smith when they face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Thursday evening.

Riders ride early wave to 38-14 win over Ottawa
By Joel Gasson

paNOW staff

For the first time since week one, the Riders are back over the .500 mark.

As they did against the Argos last week, the Riders came out flying and scored early with a mix of strong play from the offence and suffocating defence riding 24 points in the opening 15 minutes, beating the RedBlacks 38-14.

"We could have finished a little better, but we did start fast," said head coach Corey Chamblin. "I thought we did a good job as a team."

Offence comes to life

GAME DAY: Riders trying to climb above .500 in Ottawa
By Joel Gasson

paNOW staff

The Riders are somewhere they haven't been in a very long time.

No, this has nothing to do with their record or anything like that, they literally have not been in the City of Ottawa for a game since 2005. On Saturday, that streak will come to an end as the Riders take on the RedBlacks at TD Place in front of a sold-out crowd.

Early momentum carries Riders to 37-9 win over Toronto
By Joel Gasson paNOW staff

Saskatchewan is breathing much easier now thanks to the Riders.

The Green and White ended their two game losing streak Saturday night at Mosaic Stadium dumping the Toronto Argonauts 37-9, improving to 2-2 on the season.

Statistically there wasn't much separating the teams coming into the game as they both only had one win each, both had elite quarterbacks that were missing high end receivers.

GAME DAY: Riders begin anew against Argos
By Joel Gasson paNOW staff

It's a brand new season.

At least, that's what the Head Coach Corey Chamblin and the rest of his team have been saying this week after their back-to-back losses and subsequent week off.

That theory will be put to the test tonight as the Riders host the team that started this losing skid, the Toronto Argonauts at Mosaic Stadium (8 p.m., TSN).

By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

When it comes to the Riders offence all of the attention right now is on the running backs.

The ball carriers aren't the only ones going through changes and difficulties right now. Like most of the offence, the receivers are having their fair share of struggles and change as well.

Riders sloppy in 26-13 loss to B.C.
By Joel Gasson

paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders might not have many toes left after their 26-13 loss to the B.C. Lions Saturday night at Mosaic Stadium.

The Riders consistently shot themselves in the foot all night taking bad penalties, missing tackles and missing plays overall as the defending Grey Cup champions looked like anything but dropping to 1-2 on the season.

'I thought we would come out and put together a better performance than we did," said quarterback Darian Durant.

GAME DAY: Riders welcome winless Lions
By Joel Gasson paNOW staff

Something has to give tonight as the Riders host the B.C. Lions at Mosaic Stadium.

Saskatchewan is coming off their worst loss during the Corey Chamblin era and hopes to bounce back to form we saw against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. B.C. meanwhile has lost both of their games so far this season including a 24-9 drubbing at the hands of the Montreal Alouettes last week.

One has to imagine both teams should be fired up heading into this one.

Riders offence remains under construction
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

For the second straight week, the Riders will deploy a receiver set that includes three slotbacks with little experience.

Chris Getzlaf will once again be out of the line-up this week meaning Brett Swain, Ryan Smith and Eron Rilly will be Darian Durant's slotbacks against the B.C. Lions.

Dwight Anderson traded to Argos
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

Dwight Anderson's time in Ridervile is over.

The defensive back was traded to the Toronto Argonauts on Monday for a conditional draft pick in the 2015 draft.

Anderson spent just one season in Saskatchewan after signing as a free agent in 2013. Anderson finished the season with 53 tackles and five interceptions as he helped the team win the 101st Grey Cup. Through two games in 2014 Anderson had three tackles.

Head Coach Corey Chamblin is scheduled to meet with the media at 11 a.m.

More to come...

VIDEO: Argos thump Riders 48-15
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

Compared to last week, this day was essentially the opposite for the Saskatchewan Roughriders as they got trampled 48-15 by the Toronto Argonauts.

Unlike last week, the Riders came out of the gate slow and other than a brief four minute span in the third quarter and they never really recovered as the Argos had their way with the green and white all day.

The problems didn't start when the team hit the field on Saturday either, because, according to the head coach, they didn't have a very good week of practice.

GAME DAY: Riders battle Argos in first road game of 2014
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are hoping to keep the good times rolling in Toronto as they continue their regular season against the Argonauts.

This game will be the first time all year that the team will be tested with a road game as both pre-season affairs and the regular season opener were all at Mosaic Stadium.

GAME DAY: Riders vs Argos depth chart
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The Riders are on the road for the first time this year as they take on the Argos in Toronto.

Only a few changes have been made to the team's depth chart this week with receiver Alex Anthony coming on for injured receiver Chaz Schilens. Brett Swain has also moved over to Chris Getzlaf's spot on the field as he won't play ins this game.

VIDEO: Sack attack aided by secondary
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

All week the Riders defensive line has been praised left, right and centre for the 10 sacks picked up against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

It's certainly well-deserved but often it takes a lot more than just four guys up front to create a single sack in the game let alone 10.

The Riders secondary certainly deserves some credit for the coverage sacks they were able to create as well.

Old school football prevails in Riders 31-10 thrashing of Hamilton

By Joel Gasson

paNOW Staff

On a night when the Saskatchewan Roughriders honoured the past, it was ultimately smash mouth old school football that led them to a 31-10 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to open the 2014 regular season.

The Riders proved to be too much for the Ti-Cats, just like they were in November when the home team brought the Grey Cup to Riderville and yet again the green and white picked up the win with smothering defence and a dominant running game.

GAME DAY: New look Riders open regular season against Hamilton
By Joel Gasson

paNOW Staff

It's time to get going for real.

The 2014 Saskatchewan Roughriders regular season opens against the team they beat to win the 101st Grey Cup on home turf: the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

This game will resemble nothing like that game played back in November of last year, it will be much much warmer, there will be fewer fans thanks to removal of the temporary seating and the big shiny trophy won't be handed out at the end of this game.

Riders leaning on veterans in quest to repeat
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The road to the Grey Cup repeat begins on Sunday for the Riders.

It's something that's never been done in the over 100-year history of the franchise and some of the players have been very vocal about the desire to be the first to ever do it. That includes quarterback Darian Durant.

But as the old saying goes, it's harder to repeat than to win.

Roughriders release 26 on CFL cut down day
By Jamie Nye

paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders gave 26 players the bad news that they didn't make the 46 man roster.

The biggest news may be more so who made the team than who didn't with many tight battles over the last three weeks.

Running backs Keith Toston and Anthony Allen both made the team as the duo tasked to replace Grey Cup MVP Kory Sheets.

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