When Winnipeg's starting quarterback returns to action in Regina tonight, Kevin Glenn will be facing one of the most ferocious front fours in the CFL.
Saskatchewan boasts defensive end Fred Perry, the CFL's sack leader, defensive linemen Nate Davis and Scott Schultz and defensive end Terrell Jurineack.
"Either them or Hamilton has got the best D-line around," said Bombers offensive lineman Mike Abou-Mechrek. "I mean, Schultz, Nate Davis, Fred Perry, there's no one better than them at those positions. And they're all on the same team. So we've got some problems."
To add to their challenge, Winnipeg will also be missing Matt Sheridan (groin) and Dan Goodspeed (knee) on its O-line.
"The only way to stop a nasty defensive line is to be nasty, and maybe we need a nasty D-line to bring out some nastiness in us," Abou-Mechrek said. "I mean, we've got a nasty O-line. I don't know if we're playing nasty. Jermese (Jones) is Mr. Nasty when he wants to be, you've just got to bring it out of him. Me, too, the same thing. (Aaron) Fiacconi, we're just brawlers. It's like, 'Here's some money, go out and beat somebody up.' OK sure. Me, I don't know how much skill I've got. I rely on that a lot and maybe we need a dog in our yard to start barking so we can turn the bark into a bite."
HAPPY HUDDLE: The return of Glenn and slotbacks Milt Stegall and Andrae Thurman will also help the Bomber cause.
"Last week looking around the huddle, it was, 'Do I know you? I think I remember your name, that guy looks familiar and I've never even seen this guy before,'" said Abou-Mechrek. "Looking around the huddle this week, there's (Chris) Brazzell, there's Milt, there's Kevin, Charlie (Roberts). OK, we know everybody this week. Confidence in the huddle, that's where it begins."
KENTON NIGHTMARE: Saskatchewan tailback Kenton Keith has often been a nightmare for the Winnipeg front seven since he romped for 130 yards in a Western semifinal victory over the Bombers back in 2003.
"If he's motivated, he's a pretty impressive force on the field," said Bombers defensive lineman Doug Brown. "He's a guy who really builds off momentum during a game and if you can frustrate him, maybe you could strategize that against a back like that. But all I know is, when he's out there and he's feeling hot and he's getting breaks, then he just builds on it. So you want to slow down his options early if you want to be successful against him."
"You play those guys, you almost rather have them throw the ball nine times out of 10."
QB RUST: Glenn has been out of action for three games with a knee injury and doesn't know how long it will take to get his rhythm back.
"That kind of stuff you can't test until you get out there and play," he said. "But, from me being in this league and being experienced, I don't think it should affect it.
"I'm feeling great, I'm feeling good, that's why I'm playing. If I wasn't feeling good, I wouldn't be playing."