Saskatchewan Roughriders (10-8) at Calgary Stampeders (13-5)

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Season Series

4 Jul 24 Saskatchewan 20 at Calgary 40 Recap | Boxscore | VOD
12 Sep 17 Calgary 37 at Saskatchewan 43 (OT) Recap | Boxscore | VOD
16 Oct 17 Calgary 34 at Saskatchewan 26 Recap | Boxscore | VOD

When the Stampeders have the ball

Passing Game: Henry Burris is up for the Most Outstanding Player award and the statistics paint a pretty clear picture of the reason why. He led the league in touchdowns with an eye-popping 38 and finished third with 4,945 yards passing. On the downside, he threw 20 interceptions.

Running Game: Joffrey Reynolds rushed for 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns but his best statistic is 1; the number of times he fumbled the ball in 217 touches this season. Jon Cornish, who suffered a concussion in the season finale but should be ready to go, chipped in with 618 yards while Burris scrambled for almost 500 yards.

Receiving Game: Slotbacks Nik Lewis and Ken-Yon Rambo along with wide receiver Romby Bryant all finished in the top 10 in receiving, averaging 80 catches and over 1,200 yards. Canadians Arjei Franklin and Ryan Thelwell, who has struggled with injuries all season, are also options.

Offensive Line: Ouststanding Offensive Lineman nominee Ben Archibald and Dmitri Tsoumpas anchor a unit that has some new faces on it. Jeff Pilon is gone and Rob Lazeo is now backing up to Tim O'Neill with second-year man Steve Myddleton and rookie Stanley Bryant completing the group that enabled the Stamps to lead the league in rushing with 145 yards and gave up just 30 sacks.

Special Teams: Deon Murphy emerged as a special teams threat, picking up almost 1,900 yards in combined yards. Burke Dales led the league in punting, averaging over 45 yards per boot while rookie Rob Maver, who was picked fifth overall in May, surpassed expectations by leading the league in scoring and connecting on 79% of his field goal attempts.

Roughriders' Defence: The Roughriders can stop the pass but not the run. Saskatchewan finished just ahead of the last-ranked Lions in rushing defence but boast one of the best pass defences. Without John Chick and Stevie Baggs, the Riders haven't put as much pressure on the quarterback this year and, in turn, did not come up with as many interceptions (15). However, defensive back James Patrick led the league in picks with 9. Veteran linebacker Barrin Simpson, who led the league in tackles with 104, missed the Western Semi-Final with a sprained ankle.

When the Roughriders have the ball

Passing Game: If there was any doubt about Darian Durant when the season began, it's gone now. The fifth-year man led the league in passing with 5,542 yards as well as attempts and completions. In three games against the Stampeders this season, Durant averaged almost 400 yards passing and two touchdowns. However, his achilles heel is the interception, a category he led (or trailed, depending on how you look at it) with 22, including five against the Stamps.

Running Game: Wes Cates had a very quiet 1,000-yard campaign but the number that grabs your attention is touchdowns. He led the league with 15 majors and only put the ball on the ground three times in over 200 attempts. Durant also rushed for over 600 yards to lead all quarterbacks so his ability to scramble can't be ignored.

Receiving Game: Canadian Andy Fantuz not only broke through the 1,000-yard barrier for the first time in his career this season, he led the entire league in receiving with 1,380 yards. Weston Dressler returned from his broken leg to record 1,189 yards and exploded for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the Western Semi-Final. Chris Getzlaf enjoyed a breakthrough season with 946 yards while another member of the Canadian Air Force, Rob Bagg is out for the season.

Offensive Line: Perennial All-Stars Gene Makowsky and Jeremy O'Day form the nucleus of a solid line but having the elusiveness of Durant and the explosiveness of Cates makes them even better.

Special Teams: Returner Dominique Dorsey is on the nine-game injured list but Ryan Grice-Mullen is always capable of breaking a big play and setting the table for the offence. Luca Congi is out for the season so the the kicking duties fall to unproven Canadian Warren Kean while punter Eddie Johnson has been steady if not spectacular.

Stampeders' Defence: The Stampeders ranked second against the run and the pass so it's no surprise six members of that unit found themselves on the West Division All-Star team. They can rush the quarterback (46 sacks) and hunt down errant passes (24 interceptions). They surrendered less than 26 points per game, while the offence scored over 34, which adds up to a lot of wins.

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