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Sunday, September 6, 2015

GOLD'S GYM EAST LABOUR DAY CLASSIC XLIX PREVIEW


WINNIPEG (3-6) at SASKATCHEWAN (0-9)
2:00 pm Sunday, Mosaic Stadium Regina
TSN, ESPN3, 620 CKRM Rider Radio Network
Pregame Coverage: 11:00 am 620 CKRM

RIDERS: Home 0-5, vs West 0-5
BOMBERS: Road 1-3, vs West 2-3

RIDER OFFENSE: RUSH 1ST, PASS 3RD, OVERALL 1ST
Rookie QB Brett Smith (0-4) looks for his first career victory (61.5%, 691 yds, 6 TDs, 5 INTs) ... SB Weston Dressler is the team's leading receiver (546 yds, 3 TDs) ... RB Jerome Messam is 2nd in CFL rushing (498 yds, 1 TD) ... Riders are 5th in points scored and 8th in sacks allowed.

BOMBER OFFENSE: RUSH 6TH, PASS 9TH, OVERALL 9TH
QB Brian Brohm makes his 2nd career start (50.0%, 242 yds, 0 TDs, 4 INTs) ... Clarence Denmark is their leading receiver (387 yds, 1 TD) ... Cameron Marshall is their leading rusher (261 yds, 2 TDs) .. Bombers are 9th in points scored and 9th in sacks allowed.

RIDER DEFENSE: RUSH 7TH, PASS 8TH, OVERALL 8TH
DE's John Chick and Alex Hall lead the club in sacks (5) ... 4 players are tied for the team INT lead (1) ... LB Jeff Knox Jr. leads in tackles (52) ... Riders are 9th in points allowed and 9th in sacks.

BOMBER DEFENSE: RUSH 8TH, PASS 5TH, OVERALL 7TH
DL Jamaal Westerman leads in sacks (7) ... CB Johnny Adams leads in INTs (4) ... LB Khalil Bass leads in tackles (48) ... Bombers are 8th in points allowed and 7th in sacks.

RIDER SPEC TEAMS: K Paul McCallum is 17/20 on field goals ... P Ray Early is 3rd in CFL punting (46.5) with 6 singles ... Steven Miller leads in PR and KR yards ... Jeff Knox Jr. leads in ST tackles (9).

BOMBER SPEC TEAMS: K/P Liram Hajrullahu is 16/19 on FG's and is 5th in punting average (44.9) ... Troy Stoudemire leads in KR and PR yards ... Derek Jones leads in ST tackles (9).

INTANGIBLES:  The referee is Kim Murphy ... Saskatchewan is favoured by 4-points ...Saskatchewan is a league-worst -10 in turnover ratio while Winnipeg is 6th at -2 ... The Riders are the CFL's most-penalized team while the Bombers are 6th ... Saskatchewan is 32-16 in the LDC and has won the past 10 in a row ... The forecast calls for a high of 14 degrees Celsius with a 30% chance of rain and wind gusting to 70 km/h.

RP 

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Game to determine the sad sack of the league andd the first runner up. Biggest loser are the other 7 teams. The CFL guaranteed win teams are playing against one another for two weeks.

Anonymous said...

Forgive me if I say this game has all the makings of a classic Heavy Weight battle; if the Heavy Weights in question were two bums fighting over a Bologna sandwich.

Like I told Woz, and Sportscage. I'll be in my recliner watching this puppy in my cozy confines.

Y'er Welcome
Obama

Handy Andy said...

How can a 0-9 team be first in the league in offense? Mind boggling.

Anonymous said...

No free endzone tickets today blama? Gosh too bad, I guess a few foul mouthed pigs won't be spilling there beer on you again.

Anonymous said...

Your prediction was right Rod, when you said that the sun would shine for the game despite the forecast mid-week for a very rainy day. Therefore I hope the place is rocking and the Riders start by winning the coin toss - the team with the wind in the 4th quarter should win.

Anonymous said...

It is so windy today that there may be a blow-out victory for the Riders.

It is so windy today that I hope Gainer does not lose his head.

It is so windy today that the officials may blow a call or two.

It is so windy today that if we blow the game, we will lose all the air in our green sails.

Anonymous said...

No one will miss you Obama. You are inconsequential.

Anonymous said...

While Obama will be sitting like a zombie watching his TV set, I will be at the game taking in the action live, yelling and cheering and being part of all the energy of the great Rider Nation. Unlike hockey, there are very few home games each year so let the good times roll today.

TV, like Obama, sucks! Get out of your basement and live a little man. Stop being such a miserable turd.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

The running game will be key - tough to throw the ball in this type of wind.