Red and White D in stifling mode

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders defence has seen this move before: Bishop to check down.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers new quarterback has a habit of running around and waiting for someone to come open further downfield than a normal person could throw.

But Michael Bishop doesn't have a normal arm.

Last year with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Bishop used his powerful arm to beat the Stampeders 37-34 in Regina.

"One of our main focuses is to keep him in the pocket," said Stamps linebacker Shannon James.

"He can throw it the length of two football fields. When he gets out of the pocket, he makes things happen, from basically anywhere."

This isn't to say the Stamps have no idea how to defend Bishop. A week after that defeat in Regina, the Stamps turned the tables on the Riders and beat them 42-5 at McMahon Stadium.

Bishop is playing in only his second game as the Bombers starting QB, and the Stamps will be trying to avenge a Week 2 loss in Winnipeg when they face him tomorrow night at McMahon.

In the rematch that Calgary won last season, Bishop still threw for 295 yards but it was the three interceptions that were the difference.

"We switched up the game plan, but it was a matter that we felt we should have won the first one," James said.

"We got back to basics. I'm not going to tell you what we did, but we got the job done."

Extra points

The Stampeders are doing some juggling with their starting defensive line, moving Mike Labinjo back out to rush end and putting Justin Brown back inside. Juwan Simpson looks like he may sit out tomorrow's game at McMahon as he ran scout team yesterday as a receiver.


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