The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Edmonton Eskimos are set to meet for the second time this season on Saturday...but don't expect everything to be the same.
Since that week one blow out the Eskimos have slowly been getting their game together, most notably at the quarterback position.
Last week against the Toronto Argonauts, Mike Reilly nearly out duelled future hall of fame quarterback Ricky Ray in a 36-33 loss at the Rogers Centre. In that game Reilly threw for 511 yards and three touchdowns, and has over 800 yards passing in his last couple of games.
A day after getting the good news, Rob Bagg broke his silence after injuring his knee against the Montreal Alouettes.
Bagg met with reporters for the first time since spraining his knee against the Als on Saturday afternoon. Most assumed the worst when Bagg went down clutching his knee, including Bagg himself.
"Just because of what's happened in the past," said Bagg. "It's just one of those sensitive things."
It hasn't been easy to be Jock Sanders the last couple of weeks.
The Riders return man has had a rough go of it of late. In Calgary he fielded a punt that he probably shouldn't have and wasn't able to get a good return out of it. Then last week at home against Montreal Sanders had another day to forget as he fumbled the ball twice. He didn't finish the game as the kick returner. Luckily for Sanders the defense was able to hold the Als to a field goal both times.
It's been a long time coming, but finally some good news for Roughriders receiver Rob Bagg.
The Kingston, Ontario native has had just about as bad of a run lately as you can get in football, suffering serious knee injuries on both knees over the last few years. Throughout it all Bagg has been working hard to prove the critics wrong and come back from torn ligaments that end the careers of many players before him.
There wasn't much to take from the Riders win over the Montreal Alouettes, but safety Tyron Brackenridge will remember that one for a while.
Brackenridge was named the CFL's defensive player of the week after he registered two force fumbles and one interception in the Riders 24-21 win over the Als.
Through the first seven games of the season, the linebacker turned safety has 22 tackles, three knockdowns, two forced fumbles and one interception.
The Riders returned to the practice field on Tuesday, but there was one glaring omission.
Receiver Rob Bagg, who injured his knee in Saturday's win over the Montreal Alouettes did not take part. Bagg did run a little bit on the sidelines, and performed a few drills by himself, but did not do much after stretch, and eventually left the field and did not return.
So what's the status of Bagg?
The Roughriders win Saturday afternoon wasn't easy to watch, in more ways than one.
There's the obvious one, because it wasn't a very good game until the final few minutes. The other way, was the number of injuries to both teams. However, one injury above all others stands out in these parts, and that's the one to receiver Rob Bagg.
Late in the second quarter, Bagg went down grabbing his knee on a rather innocent looking play where he was blocking for running back Kory Sheets as he ran up the gut for a first down over mid-field.
On Friday Darian Durant told reporters he didn't Saturday's game against Montreal to be "a classic." Well, he didn't get one.
Despite a rather sloppy effort at times, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have moved to 6-1 on the season after a 24-21 win over the Montreal Alouettes at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
What Durant meant was that he wanted to see his team take the lead early and never let up. Instead he got the opposite: a close game right to the end. Except this was no classic and Durant admits he was part of the problem.
It could very well be the hottest job in Saskatchewan.
Working outside in plus-30 degree weather is enough, but try doing it in a giant mascot costume while trying to pump up 40,000 fans.
That’s exactly what the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Gainer the Gopher will be doing Saturday afternoon at Mosaic Stadium.
Dave Ash has worn the costume in previous years. He admitted there isn’t a whole lot you can do to escape the heat besides pray for a breeze.
“The only way that Gainer gets any relief in the costume is if he puts his nose to the wind,” Ash said.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders will have one of their biggest crowds ever on-hand for Saturday's game against the Montreal Alouettes.
The team is coming off a loss but that doesn't seem to have hampered the enthusiasm of fans. The team announced Friday afternoon that the last of the expanded seating had sold out, meaning a projected attendance of 40,637.