Game Day: Roughriders at Stampeders – Toronto Sun

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Stampeders quarterbacks (from left) Bo Levi Mitchell, Jake Maier and Michael O’Connor chat with a coach during practice at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.
Stampeders quarterbacks (from left) Bo Levi Mitchell, Jake Maier and Michael O’Connor chat with a coach during practice at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. Photo by Jim Wells /Postmedia

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Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-2) at Calgary Stampeders (2-5)

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Saturday, 5 p.m.; TV: TSN; Radio: 770 CHQR; Betting line: Riders -2.5; Weather: 18 C, sunny, wind 14 km/h


Nobody’s got more sacks in the CFL this season than the Riders, with 22, and nobody’s allowed fewer sacks than the seven the Stampeders have conceded. Games are won in the trenches, and the battle between the high-flying Riders d-line and the improving Stamps o-line is going to be a big factor on Saturday night.

These teams are going to be seeing way too much of each other over the next month. The Stamps and Riders will square off three times in the next four weeks. That’s three straight games for the Riders, who have a bye week, while the Stamps will have a game against the B.C. Lions to break up the tedium. It’s too much for my liking, but the COVID-19 pandemic meant this year’s schedule was always going to be a bit weird.

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Stamps quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has not looked like himself this season, and he looked especially off in his last start against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Stamps never seriously considered making Jake Maier the starter for Saturday’s game, as far as we know, but there’s no doubt the pressure will be on Mitchell to play well and prove he should be out there.

Kamar Jorden and Josh Huff are out for the Stampeders. Shaq Evans is unavailable for the Riders. Neither team is coming into McMahon Stadium with a full deck of cards at receiver. Someone will inevitably step up, but there’s definitely some missing star power.

QB Cody Fajardo has beaten every single team in the CFL at least once, with the notable exception of the Stampeders. He went 0-2 against the Stamps as the Riders’ starter back in 2019 and was replaced in the fourth quarter of his first shot at the Red & White.

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Stamps LB Darnell Sankey vs. Riders RB William Powell

The Stampeders defence has quietly been pretty good this season. They were undone by turnovers by the special teams and offensive units against the Ticats two weeks ago. Powell has the potential to grind them down, although in his first year at linebacker there aren’t many players who have gotten the better of Sankey.


For Stamps fans looking for optimism, the team has gone 54-18 in the back half of their annual schedules since 2012. The team needs to go on a run, but they’ve generally managed to do that in years past … After some struggles returning kicks in their last game, the Stamps got returner Malik Henry back in time for this one. Don’t underestimate how important that could be … Riders defensive end A.C. Leonard will be back in the lineup after serving a three-game suspension for refusing to provide a sample for drug testing and verbally abusing a doping control official.

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Stampeders 12, Riders 10

We’re past do-or-die time for the Stampeders. They just can’t afford any more slip-ups, and while they’ll likely struggle to score many points with a couple of key receivers missing, their defence should give them a shot.


Points for per game and rank: Calgary 20.3 (5th); Saskatchewan 23.4 (4th)

Points allowed per game and rank: Calgary 21.3 (5th); Saskatchewan 20.4 (4th)

Yards passing per game and rank: Calgary 287.6 (2nd); Saskatchewan 247.6 (7th)

Yards rushing per game and rank: Calgary 69.9 (8th); Saskatchewan 101.1 (2nd)

Net yards offence per game and rank: Calgary 348.4 (3rd); Saskatchewan341.1 (6th)

Net yards allowed per game and rank: Calgary 363.9 (8th); Saskatchewan 314.9 (3rd)

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