Plain and simple, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have owned the Winnipeg Blue Bombers over the last few years when the teams meet in Regina on the first Sunday in September.
Since 2005, the Riders have won every game with the exception of the 2016 tilt. They will look to continue that trend at a sold-out Mosaic Stadium Sunday afternoon in the annual Labour Day Classic while also looking to make it three straight wins.
The team is making some changes to the lineup from the one that beat BC last week. The biggest sees former Super Bowl winner Will Blackmon making his CFL debut as he will play on the corner with Crezdon Butler coming off the 46-man roster.
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Marcus Thigpen also returns to the lineup so Cameron Marshall will not dress. Others coming on the roster are linebacker Micah Teitz, and defensive linemen Curt Maggitt and Makana Henry. Maggitt will take the spot of the injured Mic’hael Brooks.
This will be quarterback Zach Collaros’ first Labour Day experience with the Riders. He can’t wait.
“It’s been pretty cool around town running into people who are excited about the Riders especially this weekend.” Collaros said. “I’m sure it is going to be an amazing atmosphere with two good football teams hungry for a win.”
Game time is 1 o’clock with 620 CKRM’s game-day coverage starting at 10
- Riders DL Charleston Hughes leads the CFL in sacks with 12. He goes into this game having registered a QB sack in seven straight games which is the longest streak of his career. The record is 10 set by Hamilton’s Joe Montford and Winnipeg’s Phillip Hunt
- In the last five games, the Riders have only allowed 3 quarterback sacks
- The Bombers have scored the most points in the CFL coming into the week at 315
- Three players with ties to the Riders were released by NFL teams. Linebacker Jeff Knox Junior was released by Tennessee while defensive back Kacy Rodgers was released by the New York Jets. The Jets also released the team’s first-round draft pick this year, Dakoda Shepley. Head Coach Chris Jones said Saturday that the team has been in constant contact with Shepley since he started his journey south of the border, but there is nothing to report.