Two teams coming off victories battle in Regina on Saturday as the Calgary Stampeders visit the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium.
The Stampeders narrowly escaped defeat last week at home against Hamilton as a last-second field goal by Sandro DeAngelis lifted Calgary to a 23-22 win. DeAngelis was named Rogers CFL Special Teams Player of the Week for his dramatic kick. DeAngelis has missed on only one field goal attempt so far in 2006, as has Saskatchewan counterpart Luca Congi, who was the top special teams player in Week 2.
The Roughriders also needed late game heroics in their previous contest, as quarterback Kerry Joseph hooked up with Jamel Richardson on a 49-yard catch-and-run to rally Saskatchewan past B.C. 32-24. Eddie Davis also returned an interception for a touchdown to seal the win.
The game features two of the top three rushing offences in the CFL. It also features two of the top three defences against the run.
The Roughriders enjoyed a much deserved bye last week. They were 1-1 coming off a bye in 2005.
Stampeders receiver Elijah Thurmon faces his ex-teammates for the first time. Thurmon left the Roughriders as a free agent during the off-season after leading the club in receiving yards in 2005.
Calgary quarterback Henry Burris, another ex-Roughrider, threw for 594 yards in two games against his former club last season. Teammate Joffrey Reynolds ran roughshod over Saskatchewan last season, rushing for 230 yards in two contests.
Joseph has thrown for 300 yards against the Stampeders only once in his career. Last season, running back Kenton Keith was limited to just 64 yards on 13 carries against Calgary.
Stampeders defensive end Terrence Patrick and cornerback Cedrick Williams missed practice earlier in the week, but are expected to play on Saturday.
Saskatchewan head coach Danny Barrett played for the Stampeders on three different occasions beginning in 1983 and ending in 1996.
This is the first of three meetings against these West Division rivals. The clubs battle again in Week 7. Both teams are 1-1 against divisional opponents.
The game can be seen on CBC and is available on CFL Broadband.
Standings: Roughriders -- 3rd place, West Division. Stampeders -- 1st place (tied), West Division.
Roughriders Leaders: Offence -- Joseph, 456 passing yards and 4 passing TDs; Richardson, 8 receptions, 145 receiving yards and 2 receiving TDs; Joseph, 158 rushing yards and 0 rushing TDs. Defence -- McCullough and Jones, 2 sacks; Davis and Curry, 1 INT.
Stampeders Leaders: Offence -- Burris, 898 passing yards and 3 passing TDs; Copeland, 13 receptions, 317 receiving yards and 1 receiving TD; Reynolds, 279 rushing yards and 0 rushing TDs. Defence -- Maxie and Grace, 2 sacks; Tiller, Clark and Rhinehart, 1 INT.
Roughriders Team Rank: Passing Offence -- 228.0 yards per game (7th in CFL); Rushing Offence -- 125.0 ypg (3rd); Total Offence -- 330.0 ypg (5th). Passing Defence -- 332.5 ypg (7th); Rushing Defence -- 42.5 ypg (2nd); Total Defence -- 351 ypg (5th).
Stampeders Team Rank: Passing Offence -- 299.3 ypg (3rd); Rushing Offence -- 133.7 ypg (2nd); Total Offence -- 426.0 ypg (1st). Passing Defence -- 332.7 ypg (8th); Rushing Defence -- 71.7 ypg (3rd); Total Defence -- 369 ypg (6th).
Last Meeting: Oct. 23; Stampeders, 29-21. Calgary sweeps two-game season series.
Streaks and Notes: Roughriders -- Last defeated Calgary on Aug. 14, 2004. Stampeders -- Outscored the Roughriders 73-39 in their two games in 2005.
Road/Home Records: Roughriders -- 1-0 at home; Stampeders -- 0-1 on the road.
Can't wait for this one. I always enjoy the rivalry against the roughies.
Stamps collect their first road win of the season with a 32-24 win.