This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.cfl.ca/games/6291/saskatchewan-roughriders-vs-calgary-stampeders/
If you're either of the Dickenson brothers, what do you do at QB for this game?
For Calgary, I'm betting BLM gets most of the reps. I'd probably rest Maier completely. But I'd give Tommy Stevens a good number of looks just in case--and not just short yardage runs.
For Saskatchewan, is it a given that Fajardo is done with the club? If so, do you give the third stringer Levi Lewis some live reps too?
There could be a lot of talking going on if BLM racks up 450 yards.
Maybe the Stamps should loan him to the Riders for this week--give them a preview of their next-year QB.
One thing we can probably look forward to this week is more carries from this guy:
Saskatchewan at Calgary
Saturday, 7:00 p.m. ET
DEDRICK MILLS RUSHED FOR 103 YARDS AND A TOUCHDOWN IN THE STAMPS WIN OVER THE RIDERS LAST WEEKEND (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Roughriders are the most curious team in the CFL. You wonder just what has gone on from a Grey Cup contender (or so we thought) when they were 4-1 to start to season, to a team out of the playoffs.
The move to Mason Fine to find one last spark to try and save the season didn’t pay off and we’ll never know if Cody Fajardo started the must-win game against Calgary last week if the story would have been any different.
The Stampeders ran all over Saskatchewan last week and if it’s a simplified game plan again this week, I imagine it might be a similar story as Dedrick Mills was the lead rusher over Ka’Deem Carey. Either way, they were dominant.
Will we see Maier, Mitchell or Stevens? Or all three? The Stampeders said all last week they weren’t good enough to be able to rest up going into the playoffs so it appears Dave Dickenson’s drive to improve will likely go another week to be fully ready for the BC Lions in the Western Semi-Final.
PICK: CALGARY (100 confidence bonus)
Stamps Injury Report
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Saturday’s contest gives the Stampeders organization an opportunity to thank their fans for another season of support. The first 10,000 fans through the gates will receive a red-and-white pompom.
The Stamps are also excited to introduce the “Fans on the Field” promotion. Following the game, fans will have the opportunity to come down to field level as a thank-you for their incredible support all season long.
Fans are encouraged to share their field-level photos on social media using the hashtag #FansOnTheField
There will be a Halloween costume contest with fans having a chance to win prizes including a flight for two from WestJet.
In the popular Jerseys Off Our Backs event, 45 randomly selected fans will be taking home a jersey worn by a Stamps player this season. The lucky winners will get the opportunity to have the Stamps player sign their game-worn jersey.
To not make the Grey Cup in a year of hosting Canada’s national football celebration is tough. To not make the playoffs under those same circumstances stings painfully. To be eliminated from playoff contention, and even the crossover, with a head-to-head loss while seeing what was supposed to be your franchise quarterback ushered towards the exit with a playoff position still up for grabs? Well, that’s about as bad as it gets emotionally for fans.
Let’s be real, there wasn’t a lot to wave the green and white ’S’ about in 2022, but a few moments do jump to the front of mind.
First and foremost is the return of linebacker Larry Dean. A year after suffering a freak Achilles injury that ended his pandemic-shortened season before it ever got off the ground, Dean returned to action in 2022 and every week was one of the CFL’s most active defensive playmakers finishing with 104 total tackles, second only to his running mate Darnell Sankey who himself had a special season with 115 defensive tackles through Week 20.
I am thankful for offensive coordinator Jason Maas’ once a game implementation of the triple I-Formation with multiple fullbacks on the field at the same time. If nothing else because it gives me nostalgia for a simpler time watching football games growing up.
Finally, the emergence of receiver Kian Schaffer-Baker as the most consistent and dynamic member of the Riders offensive attack. Regardless of offensive line play and quarterback struggles, good things happen when the Guelph Gryphons grad is targeted and he was a pleasure to watch work this season.
looks like Butler has a chance to take the rushing crown tonight
If the Leos don't rest Butler. These "titles' have to be taken with a grain of salt when healthy players end up sitting.
i don’t imagine Butler will play much. also Carey has played fewer games already.
Gm #90 Saskatchewan at Calgary:
12-win, 3rd place clubs?:
With a win, Calgary can become only the 2nd team in CFL history to win 12 games and NOT have that turn into a home playoff game. Only Edmonton in 2017 with 12 wins finished 3rd and out on the road.
The Stamps have made the playoffs the 17th consecutive season (2005-19, 2021-22), tied with Winnipeg (1980-1996) for the 4th longest in league history. The other is with 10 wins in 2022 they have extended their record to 14 straight seasons above .500. That run ties Edmonton (1984-1997) for the longest in CFL history at .500+.
71 Sacks - Back to 1993:
Saskatchewan has allowed 71 Sacks in 17 games eclipsing the old team high of 68 set in 1987 (Fajardo 61, Fine 9, Dolegala 1). Since 1993, only one team has given up more - BC with 74 Sacks in 2005. Of the Riders' 233 possessions in 2022, 45 have ended with a 2nd down or 3rd down Sack.
Calgary Sacks Allowed:
Calgary is #1 allowing just 15 in 17 games - no team has allowed less than 1.0 Sack / gm since HAM in 2004 (10 in 18 games). The 15 Sacks is the 2nd-lowest in club history (12 in 1980 in an era where Sacks were scored by a different set of criteria). The next lowest is 20 in a number of years.
Carey and Mills:
The Stamps' strategy last week was to run the ball alternating the two players who have started at running back for them in 2022. They combined for 28 runs, 178 yards and 2 TDs. Calgary ran the ball 23 times on 1st down for 160 yards averaging 7 yards. Carey and Mills had 15 runs of 6+ yards in the game.
Rene Paredes 200+:
Paredes needs just one point to reach the 200 mark for the 3rd time in his career and can join 5 other players with 3 seasons of 200+ points. Only Mark McLoughlin (6) and David Ridgway (4) have more than 3 seasons at 200+.
Own Team Kicks Recovered:
In 2022 there have been 5 Own Team Kick Recoveries (4 kickoffs, one punt). Calgary and Saskatchewan have 4 of them (2 each) including Samuel Emilus last week.
Recent Stamps vs Riders:
Last week's results including Calgary's 32-21 victory eliminated Saskatchewan and stopped their 4-year playoff run and 3 seasons in a row of hosting a post-season game. Calgary has won 5 of the last 6 meetings and are 14-4 vs Saskatchewan since 2014.
Cameron Judge 11 Big Plays:
Increased his CFL leading total of Defensive Big Plays last week with a 3rd down Sack forcing a T/O on Downs. He has 4 more than any other player in forcing an Opponent Turnover. Teammate Shawn Lemon is #2 with 7.
Ranks as the #2 Canadian Receiver in 2022 with 935 yards on a team-high 63 catches. He has 6 catches for 30+ yards and 19 clutch 2nd down conversion grabs. He caught ALL 9 targeted throws in his last 2 games.
Darnell Sankey 115 DT:
Leads the CFL with 115 defensive tackles and is now just 3 tackles short of the Riders' record of 118 set by David Albright in 1987. He is the 6th Saskatchewan player to record 100+ tackles. Teammate Larry Dean with 97 is only 3 tackles from the 100 mark himself. Only BC in 2016 had two players with 100+ tackles in the same season.
Shawn Lemon 92 QS:
Has taken over the #2 spot in Sacks with 14, two back of Lorenzo Mauldin's total of 16. Lemon's 14 Sacks matches his career-high, and with 92 now ranks #15 all-time, 4 back of Mike Walker (96).
#1 Scoring Club:
Calgary is #1 at 30.9 ppg (last led the CFL in 2016) and they have increased that of late. They have scored at least 25 points in their last 8 games averaging 32.3 points with 26 offensive TDs on just 102 drives (25.5% success rate).
Without Duke Williams in their lineup this season the Riders have gone 2-7 (4-4 when he started).
Yup. Just 3 carries for 6 yards. Looks as though the title is Carey's. Nice to see Oliveira break the 1000-yard mark, though.