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Stampeders and Roughriders meet again with more at stake

Field Level Media
28 Nov 2021, 07:55 GMT+10

The Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders, two CFL teams that know each other very well, square off Sunday in a West Division semifinal at Regina, Saskatchewan.

It will be the fourth meeting between the teams in the past eight weeks, with Calgary winning the first two before the Roughriders won the third October matchup. The three games were decided by a combined 12 points.

Saskatchewan, in fact, is the only team that has defeated Calgary since September.

The Stampeders won the first two meetings between the teams 23-17 on Oct. 2 and 22-19 on Oct. 9. The Roughriders won 20-17 in Calgary on Oct. 23.

Another twist is that the teams are coached by brothers -- Craig Dickenson with Saskatchewan and younger brother Dave with Calgary.

"When I say this, not because my brother is the coach, it's just the way it's been for 20-plus years," Craig Dickenson said. "They're extremely well-coached.

"They're an outfit that comes prepared every week. They do the little things right so when you play them, they're not going to beat themselves and that's one thing you know going in. They're not going to make silly mistakes and they're going to force you to make plays."

He said slowing Calgary running back Ka'Deem Carey will be a key. Carey was second in the CFL with 869 yards and seven rushing touchdowns.

"Knowing my brother the way I do, I think Dave's going to try to use (Carey) heavily and basically have the offense go through him in this game," Craig Dickenson said. "We're going to have to do a good job of making plays on first down, holding them to short-yardage runs and trying to get Calgary into a second-and-long game."

While Saskatchewan took a steady course to finish second in the division, the Stampeders overcame a slow start before finishing with six wins in their final seven games to take third.

"I think the reason we are who we are over these last six-seven weeks is the mindset we take in," Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell said. "We're workers, we're grinders, we're nothing special. If anyone on our team thinks that, they're wrong."

The Roughriders put defensive tackle Garrett Marino (knee) on the one-game injured list Saturday so he will not be available Sunday.

Each team has 10 wins in their 20 all-time playoff meetings.

--Field Level Media

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