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CFL: Roughriders look to extend win streak vs. Stampeders

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When the Saskatchewan Roughriders visit the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday night, it will be the first of three games between the teams over the next four weeks.

The Roughriders only will be playing the Stampeders in that span, while the Stampeders will visit the B.C. Lions on Oct. 16.

“Only in the CFL would you play a team three times in a row like that,” Roughriders quarterback Cody Fajardo said on Tuesday. “That’s what makes this league so unique is because there are a lot of only-in-the-CFL moments, and this is one of them.”

The Roughriders have a week off after the second game against the Stampeders at Regina on Oct. 9. The teams meet again Oct. 23 at Calgary.

“There is an away game and then a home game, so it will be broken up nicely,” Fajardo said. “It’s my first time playing the same team three times in a row, so it should be very exciting.”

The Roughriders (5-2) have won two games in a row.

Before their bye week, the Stampeders (2-5) lost 23-17 to the host Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sept. 17.

“Calgary has always been a tough team to play since I got into the league in 2015,” said Fajardo, who has an 0-2 record against the Stampeders as the Roughriders’ starting quarterback.

Saskatchewan coach Craig Dickenson hasn’t won in two tries versus the Stampeders, where his younger brother, Dave Dickenson, is the Stampeders’ coach.

“That’s a good team and they are well-coached and that’s not just because my brother is over there, but the whole staff is good,” Craig Dickenson said. “Dave has a veteran staff that has been together for over 10 years.”

Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell struggled in the loss at Hamilton, going 16-for-28 for 170 yards in passing with one interception returned for a touchdown. He will start Saturday.

“We should be looking at Bo, and I’m hoping to help him out and he plays a good game,” Dave Dickenson said.

Jake Maier took over at quarterback late in the game and was 9-for-9 for 80 yards and a touchdown.

“I mean, that’s kind of our job right now, is just to look at ourselves and find out how we can get better,” Mitchell said.

–Field Level Media

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