Who noise what's in store?

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:36 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders can only do so much to prepare for the madhouse that is Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field.

The Red and White practised yesterday with crowd noise (from a Beach Boys concert) pumped in over the P.A. system.

That might help a bit, but receiver Teyo Johnson says the Saskatchewan Roughriders faithful are always louder than any sound system.

"I don't think you're ever ready for that crowd," said Johnson,

"But hopefully, we'll make some plays and they'll be real quiet."

That would be nice. But fellow receiver Nik Lewis has been around the CFL for a few more years.

And he has yet to find a way to silence the green maniacs.

"Not really," he said with a laugh when asked if an early lead might do the trick.

"If they drink some beers, they're still going to be up there.

"It gets loud. It's the loudest place in the league, and it probably will be until the end of days."

But dealing with the crowd noise is just a minor annoyance. The Roughriders formidable defence is of more concern.

"Every week, we treat the other defence the way we need to," said Johnson, who is listed as day-to-day with a shoulder injury. "We treat them with respect.

"Maybe this team you have to respect a little bit more because of the depth they have on defence, but the coaches put us in the best position to execute, so we're looking forward to playing these guys.

"Their defence is the backbone of their team, so the offence, we have a tough duty."

This is the third week in a row the Stamps will face a team that relies heavily on its defence.

The Argos do because they simply don't have an offence. And the Riders are missing so many key personnel, they'll need their defence to keep the game close.

Lewis, who practised yesterday and proclaimed himself ready to go, said the offence won't feel any added pressure, even if the unit hasn't lived up to its own expectations as of late.

"Our pressure is on ourselves," Lewis said.

"If we don't turn the ball over, if we don't have penalties, we're going to put up numbers.

"We feel like we didn't play very well offensively the last two games, and we still scored 40 points a game.

"They have a great defence. They fly to the ball, so you have to (capitalize) when you get the opportunities."

The Riders allow an average of 109 rushing yards per game, but Gang Green had difficulty stopping Stamps back Joffrey Reynolds when Calgary emerged from Taylor Field with a 30-25 victory Aug. 7.

"The Saskatchewan defence is tough every year," said Reynolds, who had 128 yards and a touchdown in that win.

"We'll definitely have to execute to have success against them."

Saskatchewan's lengthy injury list could rob CFL fans of a chance to see the top two backs in the league go head-to-head, as Wes Cates missed last weekend's loss to Montreal with a lower-leg ailment.

The two backs have nearly identical numbers with Cates, a former Stamp, sitting No. 1 (1,055 yards on 177 carries). Reynolds is right behind him at 1,046 yards on 176 carries.

"Both of us have had pretty successful seasons," Reynolds said.

"But any football player is a play away from being out.

"I wish him a speedy recovery, but (the Riders) are still in it, so I'm sure he'll be back to help them with a playoff run."


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