Game Breakers

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

The Cowboys are riding into town this Saturday night and the Blue Bombers owe them big-time revenge.

The Stampeders stomped Winnipeg 43-9 at McMahon Stadium last month and not only would the Bombers love to avenge that embarrassment.

Without further adieu, here are three players from each side who have played well versus the other team and could become game-breakers this Saturday at Canad Inns Stadium:

CHARLES ROBERTS

Throw out that 23-yard effort when the Bombers forgot he existed during that 43-9 loss and the scatback has had some impressive performances against that vaunted Calgary defence.

Roberts rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns in that 46-24 loss to the Stamps last year. He had another 79 yards on 17 rushes versus Calgary in the 30-21 loss and had 108 yards on 21 attempts during the 21-15 loss.

JAMIE STODDARD

Roberts did not have much company among those playing well against Calgary. And since we don't know the status of Milt Stegall's knee yet, we have to settle for the clutch-catching Canadian. Stoddard only caught two passes for 27 yards in the 43-9 loss to Calgary but he had some good games against the Stamps last season. Stoddard caught three passes for 49 yards in the 46-24 loss to Calgary; he was three for 53 in the 30-21 loss; and he caught three passes for 33 yards in the 21-15 loss.

DERICK ARMSTRONG

Although the wide receiver has yet to play Calgary this season, the ex-NFLer has already made an immediate impact on his new club. Armstrong led all receivers with seven catches for 70 yards in Winnipeg's 17-14 victory over Montreal. He followed that by once again leading both teams with six receptions for 93 yards and one touchdown in the 23-20 loss to the Alouettes. He's a keeper.

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HENRY BURRIS

The enigmatic quarterback must love to play the Bombers, who have often had trouble defending such mobile ball tossers. In Calgary's 43-9 victory over the Bombers, Burris completed 14 of 28 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. He also scampered for a 10-yard TD.

Burris also had big games in all three victories over the Bombers last season. In a 46-24 blowout, he completed 21 of 25 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns, with no picks. In a 30-21 victory over Winnipeg, Burris completed 15 of 25 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns, with two interceptions. And in a tight 21-15 triumph, Burris completed 17 of 34 passes for 289 yards while rushing for another 50 yards on five carries.

JOFFREY REYNOLDS

The running back, who was leading the CFL in rushing heading into last weekend, has also had some impressive outings versus Winnipeg. Reynolds rushed for 162 yards on 20 carries in the 43-9 shellacking of Winnipeg and added another 55 yards on three catches. In the 46-24 win, Reynolds rushed for 79 yards on 14 carries. In the 30-21 victory, Reynolds was actually held to 47 yards on 14 rushes but he ran for 81 yards on 17 attempts in the 21-15 match.

NIK LEWIS

This was almost a toss-up between Lewis and Jeremaine Copeland but Lewis got the edge because he blocked a Jon Ryan punt, recovered the ball and returned it for a touchdown in Calgary's 21-15 victory over the Bombers last year.

Lewis also caught five passes for 118 yards in Calgary's 43-9 whupping last month. In last year's 44-26 triumph, Lewis caught four passes for 66 yards and two TDs and had another 82 yards and one major on six receptions in the 30-21 triumph.


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