FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
REDBLACKS RB WILLIAM POWELL: In the first meeting of these teams, Sept. 29, Powell ran for a career-high 187 yards, with seven rushes of 10-plus yards. He had 245 yards over the two games against Saskatchewan. In the Redblacks’ final six games, Powell averaged 120.2 per game. NOW, THAT’S SPECIAL: In his last game, Diontae Spencer set a CFL record with 496 combined yards. He is the East’s nominee for CFL special teams player of the year, Saskatchewan has its own special returner: Christion Jones had the highest punt return average by a Saskatchewan player (14.3 yards) since Corey Holmes in 2005 (15.2). BIG PLAYS FROM RIDERS D: The Redblacks figured Jovon Johnson was done before the 2016 season, Montreal counted him out during this year’s training camp. Turns out he’s still got game. Johnson tied with Richard Leonard for the CFL lead with 13 pass knockdowns and added two fumble recoveries. There are other very good players on that Riders defence. Willie Jefferson led the CFL in combined QB sacks and pressures with 45; Ed Gainey led the league with 10 interceptions. Saskatchewan was one of only two clubs with two defenders making at least 100-plus defensive plays (Henoc Muamba with 106 and Jefferson with 100). RIDERS WR DURON CARTER: No questioning the guy’s talent. On Oct. 13 vs. the Redblacks, Carter made 11 catches for 231 yards, a CFL-high for any player in 2017. Since then, he’s caught just one pass, while also seeing some time at cornerback. Said Redblacks linebacker Taylor Reed: “He had 200-plus yards against us last time, but they lost. Our mentality is you want to contain their best player, but it’s playoff time - it’s about wins and losses, none of those other stats matter to us.” THE KICKERS: Riders’ Tyler Crapigna went 7-for-7 on field goals over the two games versus Ottawa; Brett Maher was 3-for-4. Over the season, Crapigna, who’s from Ottawa, was good on 36-of-42 field goal attempts, while Maher was 41-of-50. Crapigna has been a Redblacks killer over the years.