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CFL: Blue Bombers look for second straight win over Roughriders

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers look to complete a home-and-home sweep of the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday when the West Division heavyweights meet in the 17th annual Banjo Bowl.

The division-leading Blue Bombers (4-1) scored 16 unanswered points in the second half to power their way to a 23-8 victory over the Roughriders (3-1) on Sunday at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.

Winnipeg limited Saskatchewan’s high-octane offense to just 258 total yards and intercepted Cody Fajardo three times on Sunday. Brandon Alexander had two of those picks en route to being named as one of the CFL Top Performers of the Week.

Blue Bombers coach Mike O’Shea was quick to praise his defense for holding an opponent under 10 points for the third time in five games. He also provided a word of caution.

“I think it’s part of who we are — you’ve got to move on,” O’Shea said Wednesday. “They were certainly going to enjoy that win that night, I just don’t think you can stare in the rearview mirror and admire it for too long.”

Fajardo, who entered the game with a CFL-best 78.9 percent completion rate, completed just 23 of 39 passes for 211 yards.

“It’s probably the worst game I’ve played as a professional,” Fajardo said. “For me, after you throw three picks you might as well keep slinging it. If you throw four picks, you throw four picks. If you throw five picks, you throw five picks.”

Kyran Moore reeled in 10 receptions for 79 yards for Saskatchewan, which was limited to a pair of Brett Lauther field goals. The Roughriders also did themselves no favors by being penalized 10 times for 102 yards.

Winnipeg star running back Andrew Harris rushed for 95 yards on 18 carries on Sunday. Harris, however, has a calf issue and joined Alexander (shoulder) and defensive lineman Willie Jefferson (ankle) as limited practice participants on Wednesday.

Saskatchewan defensive back Ed Gainey (foot) did not practice all week until his limited participation on Thursday. Coach Craig Dickenson called him and DB Loucheiz Purifoy (neck) “50-50” for Saturday.

–Field Level Media

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