WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS (6-6) AT CALGARY STAMPEDERS (7-5) 7 P.M., TV: TSN (SUBJECT TO BLACKOUT), radio: QR-77
This is the first of two meetings this season between the clubs. The return match isn't until Calgary's final game, Oct. 21 in Winnipeg. Calgary swept the three-game series a year ago but Winnipeg still leads the all-time series 80-77-0.
4.1 -- The average gain per rush CFL offences have managed to get against a stingy Blue Bombers defence this season, which is tops in the league. Free-agent linebacker Barrin Simpson is a key part of that wall.
Stampeders S Trey Young vs. Blue Bombers SB Milt Stegall. The Turtle Man is still the most important player on the field for the Winnipeg offence. Young will need to move from his safety spot and help out whoever is given the task of covering the veteran and not leave other players open for big plays.
THREE KEYS TO VICTORY:
1. RUSHING TITLE MATCH -- The Stampeders defence can help out its RB Joffrey Reynolds if it can shut down Bombers RB Charles Roberts, who just took over the league rushing lead. In what is expected to be less than ideal weather, the running games will be a focus.
2. CONTAIN THE PRESSURE -- Edmonton managed to hit QB Henry Burris hard a week ago and popped the ball loose for two touchdowns. The Stamps offensive line will have its hands full with Winnipeg's outstanding front four.
3. MAINTAIN POSSESSION -- The Stamps offence struggled a week ago when it could only chew up eight minutes of clock in the first half against the Eskimos. Burris and his receivers never found a rhythm because the defence kept allowing long drives by the opposition. With Charles Roberts in the backfield, Winnipeg can control the ball.
CALGARY -- LB John Grace is back at his old spot inside, while Cornelius Anthony will move to the outside spot in place of Khalid Abdullah (hamstring). SB Ron Johnson, activated from the practice roster, will take the spot of import FB Tony Ficklin. DL LaDrelle Bryant comes onto the active roster for OL Jeff Pilon (knee).
WINNIPEG -- Import OL Garrick Jones replaces Jermese Jones at left tackle, while Canadian OL Marc Parenteau slides into the spot vacated by Mike Abou-Mechrek.