Stampeder Game Day

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

STAMPS (0-1) AT BOMBERS (0-2) 6:30 p.m., Canad inns stadium TV: TSN, Radio: 770 AM -- QR77

COMING IN:

Both clubs are winless early in this CFL season, with the Bombers dropping games to Saskatchewan and Edmonton. Winnipeg has been picked by many to finish dead last in the West.

The Stampeders lost their season-opener 22-16 while hosting Toronto on Friday but had a late opportunity to win the game, despite coughing up five turnovers.

HEAD TO HEAD:

It is the first meeting of the season between these clubs. Last season, the teams split the two-game series.

The Stampeders lead the all-time series between the clubs with an 84-79 edge.

ROSTER MOVES:

CALGARY -- The Stampeders are without injured non-import OL Alex Gauthier (shoulder) import DB Ben Kelly (ham), import LB George White (ham) and import RB Ronney Jenkins (ham). 2005 Canadian draft Godfrey Ellis will line up in place of Gauthier and non-import OL John Comiskey is added.

Import LB Jacoby Sheperd will start for Kelly, import LB Trey Young will line up in place of White and import RB Tony Stallings will start for Jenkins.

Backup import LB Jude Waddy has been replaced this week by import LB Cornelius Anthony, while Canadian backup LB Marc Mitchell is added to the roster for Sebastien Roy.

WINNIPEG -- The Bombers have made two key changes on the offensive line, adding import left tackle Dan Goodspeed in place of Jeremese Jones (hand), while import RT John Feugill will start in place of Dave Mudge, who remains on the roster.

Non-import receiver Chad Rempel takes the roster spot of LB Scott Mennie, import HB Brad Franklin starts in place of import DB Tim Carter and the Canadian receiver replaces import Milt Stegall (concussion).

MATCHUPS:

WHEN CALGARY HAS THE BALL -- The Stampeders will look to Joffrey Reynolds to establish the running game, allowing quarterback Henry Burris to air out some passes to the likes of Jeremaine Copeland, Nik Lewis and Ken-Yon Rambo.

Burris had limited success passing the ball last week against Toronto's solid secondary but has much higher expectations against the Bombers, who have allowed 737 yards passing the first two weeks of the season.

Expect Burris to try picking on new Bombers HB Brad Franklin along with former Stampeders cornerbacks William Fields and Omar Evans, released by Calgary after last season.

WHEN WINNIPEG HAS THE BALL -- New No. 1 pivot Tee Martin will need help from diminutive running back Charles Roberts, who has struggled along the ground this season.

The former CFL rushing leader had hopes of posting a 2,000-yard season in 2005 but will need to crank up the pace quickly to achieve those elite numbers.

Martin is also hampered this week without star receiver Milt Stegall, out with post-concussion symptoms after being rocked last week by feisty Eskimos cornerback Davis Sanchez.

Martin will be looking to take advantage of changes in the Stampeders defence this week due to injury.

He'll also be faced with a relentless pass rush from the Stampeders who plan on taking advantage of Martin's inexperience and apparent weaknesses along the Bombers o-line.

NOTABLES:

Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins has imposed an 11 p.m. curfew for his players on the road ... The Blue Bombers roster is littered with nine former Stampeders while LB Brian Clark is the lone former Bomber wearing Red and White. Winnipeg head coach Jim Daley once toiled on Calgary's staff. Two Winnipeg products are on Calgary's roster -- LB Scott Coe and OL John Comiskey ... Old Stampeder pals Joe Fleming and Scott Regimbald have taken up residence beside each other in one corner of the Blue Bombers locker-room since their trade to Winnipeg last fall ... Calgary enters tonight's game with a 7-17-1 record since 2000 on the road against West Division opponents ... Tonight's game is OL Jamie Crysdale's 207th consecutive CFL regular-season contest, the 13th best mark in league history.

Catch all the action tonight on QR77. Jay Donald and Billy Powers will have the pre-game show at 5:30 p.m. Mark Stephen provides the play-by-play with colour work by Greg Peterson. Join Jay Donald and Billy Powers for the post-game show.


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