STAMPS-BOMBERS Gameday | Calgary Sun

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers (7-0) vs. Calgary Stampeders (4-1)

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Saturday, 5 p.m., TV: TSN, Radio: 770 CHQR, Line: Winnipeg -1.5

Weather: 27 degrees, Some rain, Wind 14 km/hour

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

The Stampeders are in their second week off in a month and although they were sick around the team earlier in the week, they are remarkably healthy heading into this one. The same can’t be said for the Bombers, who are missing star defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat and receivers Greg Ellingson and Carlton Agudosi. Both receivers caused the Stamps big problems two weeks ago, so their absences matter.

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No hard-hitting analysis here, but if you’re a football fan, this is likely to be a match you can’t miss. When these two teams met in Winnipeg two weeks ago, it was a very competitive war of attrition. The Bombers ultimately won 26-19, but the Stamps had every right to think it was a game they could have – and perhaps should – have won. If the sequel delivers half of what the last game did, it could be another classic.

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While the Stamps were on the bye week, the Bombers beat the Edmonton Elks in a truly bizarre game last weekend. The final score was 24-10, but that hardly tells the whole story. Bombers QB Zach Collaros only had seven assists and it’s not like they set the world on fire with their running game either. A similar performance won’t be enough against the Stampeders.

  1. KEEP THEM STANDING
    The Bombers have the most terrifying defensive line in the league, even with Jeffcoat sidelined. Willie Jefferson is the CFL’s best defenseman and the Bombers fired Bo Levi Mitchell three times in the game two weeks ago. The Stamps had only allowed four sacks in their previous four games, so keeping Mitchell up is a priority. The Stamps’ d-line also had a blast that night in Winnipeg, picking up four sacks in turn.
  2. HOME PITCH ADVANTAGE
    The Bombers usually win whether they’re at home or on the road, so playing in Calgary might not be a big advantage for the Stamps. Still, they’re expecting the biggest crowd of the year at McMahon Stadium, and when the margins are this slim, every advantage counts.

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KEY MATCH
Bombers end Willie Jefferson vs. Stamps left tackle Derek Dennis

It could be Jefferson against the Stamps’ entire o-line because he really moves everywhere, but we’ll go with Dennis. He has been excellent when he returns to the football pitch this season and as a veteran he has seen it all. The Stamps need him to have a big game, plain and simple.

REMARKABLE
The return of Nic Demski seemed to catch everyone a little off guard on Friday. The Bombers wide receiver was on the disabled list for six games over the past four weeks, but returned early to help his shorthanded team. With Greg Ellingson and Carlton Agudosi both out, you’d expect Demski to see a good chunk of the ball… Diontae Ruffin was slotted into the Stamps’ defensive field in place of Trumaine Washington. Head coach Dave Dickenson explained that it was a decision that ultimately fell to Ruffin having had a great week in training… The last seven meetings between these two teams have been decided by a score, with an average margin of 3.6-point win… Oddly, the Bombers haven’t won at McMahon Stadium during the regular season since Week 20 in 2017. Considering their record over the past five years, that’s amazing.

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STATS PACK

Points per game: Calgary 32.2 (2n/a) Winnipeg 25.7 (5e)

Points allowed per game: Calgary 22.4 (3rd) Winnipeg 16.3 (1st)

Passing yards per game: Calgary 276.4 (5e) Winnipeg 253.6 (7e)

Rushing yards per game: Calgary 111.8 (3rd) Winnipeg 83.4 (7th

Net offensive yards per game: Calgary 378.0 (2n/a) Winnipeg 322.3 (8e)

Net yards allowed per game: Calgary 341.0 (5e) Winnipeg 344.3 (6e)

OUR OPINION
Stamps 26, Bombers 19

They’re the two best teams in the CFL right now and it could go either way, but with the Stamps playing at home and going on a bye week while the Bombers are stoned and deserve a rest, that’s the way it is. one leans toward Calgary.

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