CFL Preview: Calgary at Saskatchewan
What's at stake
Well, here we go. D-Day. Decision day. All the marbles. Biggest game of the century (this week's edition).
Except for one of the teams, it isn't.
The Calgary Stampeders go into Regina on Sunday afternoon with their tails between their legs, based on having lost three of the last four, one of them to the B.C. Lions, for gosh sakes.
But if the 10-4 White Stallions can stomp on the 9-4 Saskatchewan Roughriders they will pretty much wrap up first place in the Western Division by dint of being four points up, three to play and holding the tiebreaker because of winning the season series.
By the numbers
- Away record: 4-3.
- Head to head: 1-1.
- Last five games in Regina: 1-5.
- Against the West: 6-2.
- Points per game: 33.6.
- PPG in last four games: 20.
- Home record: 6-1.
- Against the West: 4-2.
- Points per game: 28.5.
- PPG in last four games: 30.25.
- Last 10 against the Stamps: 6-3-1.
So all the adjectives fit for the Stamps.
Not so the Riders, also embarrassed after losing to the Toronto Argonauts (!), at home (!!) last week and missing a chance at a tie for first in the West.
Beat Calgary and both clubs have 20 points, though Saskatchewan would have the tie breaker.
The Stamps finish with B.C., Hamilton and Winnipeg. The Riders have Edmonton, B.C. and the improved Eskimos again.
Players to watch
Ken-Yon Rambo — Stamps' receiver was outstanding last time against the Riders, catching six balls for 115 yards, including one for 43.
Andy Fantuz and Weston Dressler — The Riders' two inside receivers have both gone over 1,000 yards catching and that's the first time a pair of Saskatchewan teammates have done that since 2000. Fantuz and Dressler have 25 catches and three TDs this season against Calgary.
Henry Burris 302-465 (65.2%) 3,971 yards, 30 TD, 18 INT
Montreal had Burris under control last week, limiting him to 219 yards in passing on 16 completions. Whenever the former Rider comes back to Regina he really hears it from the crowd, and Sunday will be no different.
Darian Durant 313-512 (61.1%) 4,381 yards, 19 TD, 18 INT
Durant also had an off game last week, against Toronto, picking up 210 yards in the air. He also tossed two interceptions. Last time out against Calgary, Durant threw for 500 yards.
"It's kind of funny to see how people like to make the lives of other people miserable. It won't in this case because you'll never stop me from smiling." — Calgary's Henry Burris on how the fans may react after a photo came to light of him posing in a black bra with a woman as a prank.
"The key is this: If you do good things, good things are going to happen to you." — Retired Rider legend Don Narcisse, to the Regina Leader Post, on what he told the team in a meeting this week
With files from Canadian Press