The Saskatchewan Roughriders open their 2013 CFL season Saturday afternoon against the Edmonton Eskimos, in the Alberta capital.

Here are nine games notes, to prepare fans for the game:

  1. Commonwealth Curse: Saskatchewan has only one win in Edmonton (2009) in their last eight visits.
  2. Crushed in the Capital: Riders are 9-40 all-time at Commonwealth Stadium.
  3. Strong Starts: Riders have won five of last six season openers since 2007. The Riders are 9-3 in openers over the last 12 seasons.
  4. Missing Vets: Riders will be without Geroy Simon (injury) and Tearrius George (suspension, left-over from 2012 playoff game against Calgary).
  5. Roster Turnover: The green and white will have 12 new starters when they kickoff the season.
  6. TD Leader: Weston Dressler led the CFL with 13 receiving touchdowns in 2012.
  7. Home-grown Starters: The Riders will start four local players: Chris Getzlaf, Scott McHenry, Brendon Labatte and Ben Heenan.
  8. Durant's Turnover Woes:  The Riders' QB has thrown 10 interceptions compared to six touchdown tosses over the last two seasons against Edmonton.
  9. New Eskimos QB: Mike Reilly makes his first start as an Eskimo. He is teamed up with two ex-Riders, RB Hugh Charles and WR Cary Koch.