Double trouble

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:29 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- If the Calgary Stampeders defence has its way, little Charlie won't get on his horse.

Charles Roberts is leading the CFL in rushing with one game remaining and would dearly love to take that title for the second time in his career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

But the man chasing him is Stampeders back Joffrey Reynolds, so Calgary's defence can accomplish two goals in one effort.

The Stamps have targeted Rogers today (2 p.m., TSN) as the part of the Bombers offence they want to focus on.

Roberts also needs only 46 yards to set a career high, which is another of his goals. That measly total is one Stamps defensive lineman Sheldon Napastuk admits will likely come easily to Roberts.

"Can we hold him to less than 40 yards? I don't know. I don't care really," Napastuk said. "We just have to take him out of the game.

"We've shut out a lot of running backs but Roberts is one we've never shut out. We're going to have our hands full."

The only thing in Reynolds favour is he has two games remaining while the Bombers finish their season today.

It's amazing that Winnipeg will miss the playoffs for the second straight season despite having a running back who has already eclipsed 1,500 yards.

The Bombers are often playing catchup and need to throw the ball to get back into games, yet Roberts gets his yards.

"Roberts is a heck of a running back," Napastuk said. "To put up those numbers on a losing team is a testament to the type of back he is and his offensive line.

"If he wins that title against us, congratulations. But we have to shut him down because Winnipeg's success starts and finishes with Roberts running."

Last week, Roberts was held to 43 yards in a lopsided loss to B.C. The game was in hand by halftime and Bombers coach Jim Daley yanked starting quarterback Kevin Glenn.

Backup Russ Michna played the second half and the Bombers hardly used Roberts at all. The same scenario could happen again today.

"We'll give Charles Roberts enough carries to win the game," Daley said. "We receive constant criticism that we don't play the backup quarterback enough. When he's in there, there's no point just having him hand off the ball."

The Stamps defence has a history holding players off rushing marks by opponents. Towards the end of last season, Edmonton's Mike Pringle was chasing George Reed's record for all-time yardage but was held in check by Calgary in two straight games.

So linebacker Brian Clark will keep a close eye on Roberts just to aggravate the tough running back, although 46 yards is a tough number to stay under.

"If it was 140, then it would be easy," Clark said. "We're just trying to keep him under 100."


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