Facts and Figures: Roughriders vs Stampeders

 

Roughriders vs Stampeders 

Countdown to Kickoff: 2:00

Rider Nation Pre-Game Show: 4:00

Opening kickoff: 5:00

Game time Weather in Calgary

Mostly Cloudy. Wind S 13-27 km/hr. +23

  • All-time Record. Today will mark the 239th time the Roughriders will battle the Stampeders. Calgary holds an edge in the all-time head to head record at 136-93-9.
  • Home Cooking. The Stampeders have enjoyed more success all-time against Saskatchewan at McMahon Stadium with a 78-37-5 record.
  • Home, not so Sweet Home. Lately it has been a struggle for the Stamps at home, with a record of 3-5 over their last eight games.
  • Clean Sweep. Calgary defeated Saskatchewan in both of their matchups in the 2022 season.
  • Advantage Stamps. Over the last three years, the Stamps have won the season series against the Roughriders
  • Sibling Rivalry. Riders Head Coach Craig Dickenson has struggled against his brother, Dave, the Stampeders with a 1-6 record. The Saskatchewan head coach has a record of 28-17 against the other eight teams in the league during his time leading the Roughriders.
  • One sided. Saskatchewan quarterback Trevor Harris hasn’t experienced much success against Calgary, the Stamps record against Harris is 10-1-2.
  • Going Deep for Success. Last week, Harris was successful with the deep ball against Winnipeg, he was 12/19 for 244 yards when throwing the ball 10+ yards down the field.
  • Maier for Success. Stamps QB Jake Maier is 2-0 against Saskatchewan, as the Roughriders have been unable to record an interception against Maier.
  • Hat Trick. Riders receiver Samuel Emilus tied a club record last week with three touchdown receptions. They were also the first three touchdown receptions in the CFL for the second-year Roughriders receiver.

 

Don’t forget to tune into the 5th Quarter Post Game Show with Michael Ball and Luc Mullinder.

Following that, it’s the SportsCage Radio Round Table

(Information courtesy Canadian Football League)

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