CALGARY STAMPEDERS VS. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
2 P.M., CANAD INNS STADIUM
TV: TSN, RADIO: 770 AM -- QR77
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Calgary had an impressive 29-21 victory over the Roughriders last week to clinch a playoff spot. Since losing to Edmonton on Labour Day, the Stamps have won five of six. Winnipeg was humiliated 41-1 last week at B.C. and are already eliminated from the playoffs.
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Calgary has taken both meetings between the clubs this season, a 18-12 win at Winnipeg in Week 3 and a 30-21 triumph at McMahon Stadium in Week 7. The two wins put the all-time series at 90-84 in favour of Calgary.
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CALGARY -- C Jamie Crysdale (knee); WR Terrence Wilkins (knee); DB Shane Walton (back); QB Jason Gesser (ankle).
WINNIPEG -- DB Stanford Samuels (knee); DB Boyd Barrett (turf toe); DL Gavin Walls (hamstring); P Jon Ryan (ankle); OL Dan Gyetvai (knee); OL Aaron Fiacconi (knee); DB Anthony Malbrough (hamstring); DB Santino Hall (knee); WR Gilles Colon (quad); QB Spurgeon Wynn (knee); OL John Fuegill (knee); WR Chad Rempel (eye); DB Cedric Dickerson (wrist).
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CALGARY -- DB Shane Walton tweaked his back this week in practice and is replaced by Nate Terry but Coby Rhinehart will start in Walton's place.
WINNIPEG -- Plenty of injuries force the Bombers to make seven changes for their season finale. DB Justin Coleman, who left the team three weeks ago, returned to take the spot of Stanford Samuels. LB Scott Mennie comes on for Boyd Barrett. LB Joe Tuipala will start at middle linebacker and replaces rookie-of-the-year candidate DL Gavin Walls. OL Marc Parenteau takes the Canadian spot of P Jon Ryan, while K Troy Westwood will punt for the first time this season. DL Martin Lapostolle replaces OL Dan Gyetvai, OL Ryan Bachman takes off WR Darnell McDonald, while C Corey Annett makes his first start and replaces Aaron Fiacconi.
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WHEN CALGARY HAS THE BALL -- Quarterback Henry Burris will work to punch the ball into the endzone. The Stamps settled for seven field-goal attempts last week against the Roughriders and had plenty of chances to score. The club worked on red-zone offence this week with an eye on establishing a short running attack with Joffrey Reynolds. The powerful running back is in the hunt for the rushing title and will get plenty of opportunities, especially if the Bombers concentrate on stopping Burris' passing attack and allow room to run. Reynolds is 208 yards behind Winnipeg's Charles Roberts with a game in hand. Winnipeg's defence would set a record for most yards allowed if they give up 266.
WHEN WINNIPEG HAS THE BALL -- Kevin Glenn will get his running back involved early to ensure he can run up his league-leading rushing totals. Charles Roberts also needs 46 to set a career-high for a season. If the club gets behind, though, don't expect Roberts to get many carries. The Bombers lost three offensive lineman to injury last week and are starting two new players at left guard and centre.
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Stamps season ticket holders have until Monday to reserve seats for a possible playoff home date ... Bombers returner Keith Stokes needs 102 punt-return yards to set a franchise best mark for a season.
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Catch all the action tonight on QR77. Jay Donald and Billy Powers will have the pre-game show at 1 p.m. Mark Stephen provides the play-by-play with colour work by Greg Peterson. Join Jay Donald and Billy Powers and Stu Laird for the post-game show.