Roughriders not lacking confidence

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

They're already planning the Grey Cup parade in Regina.

There was some pretty big talk coming out of the Saskatchewan Roughriders locker-room Sunday night after they laid a 40-16 whuppin' on the Edmonton Eskimos to clinch a playoff spot.

The 'Riders failed, however, to lock up second place because the Eskimos own the tiebreaker. The first tiebreaker is points for and against in the two games, but that is knotted at 47. The Eskimos have the edge because they have more wins against the West Division.

That didn't stop the Roughriders' confidence from oozing after their fifth straight victory.

"At the beginning of this year we were picked to be in first place," receiver/running back/returner Corey Holmes told the National Post. "Now we're proving it. We're a first-place team."

Uh, Corey, you might want to check the CFL standings and see where the B.C. Lions sit.

Meanwhile, head coach Danny Barrett sounds mighty confident that his team will host a playoff game.

"It won't come down to the point spread, mark my words," Barrett told The Leader-Post. "And I don't care who's coming to play us when we've got 30,000 fans behind us."

For that to happen, either the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have to beat the Eskimos this weekend or, if that doesn't happen, his Roughies must knock off the Lions in two weeks.

The Eskimos and Lions will likely be favoured in those two contests, so the Roughriders will need an upset to happen before they will host a playoff game.

QUIZ TIME: The name of the B.C. Lions No. 1 quarterback is:

a) Casey Dickenson;

b) Dasey Printerson;

c) Dave Printers;

d) Cave Dickers.

THE WILD AND WACKY CFL: Speaking of Cave Dickers (that was the correct answer, by the way), won't it be weird when the league's Most Outstanding Player is the Lions backup for the playoffs? ... The Bombers were cheering for the Roughriders this past weekend. The Roughriders will be rooting for the Bombers this weekend. The end of the world can't be far behind ... Early on this season, the East Division was way better than the West. That doesn't appear to be the case anymore, not after Montreal's three straight losses to Saskatchewan, Edmonton and B.C. ... One last piece about the 'Riders. They have a poster of a 2004 Saskatchewan Grey Cup ring hanging in their meeting room. Or, as the Sun Media's Terry Jones sees it: "That could be called a classic case of putting the plow before the tractor."


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