FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
THE TURNOVER COUNT
By now we’ve all heard both teams are 10-0 this season when winning the turnover battle. What we don’t know is which one will screw up the most on Sunday, in conditions that generally promote giveaways. Both defences are turnover-producing machines.
This will be fascinating to watch. Cold conditions suggest the Bombers will turn to their league-leading ground game. But if the Riders are intent on shutting it down, does Winnipeg ask quarterback Matt Nichols to let it fly? The betting is the Bombers stick with Harris.
Equally intriguing is the health status of the Riders No. 1 quarterback. Coach Chris Jones has been coy about his starter all week, but the Bombers are convinced it’s been nothing but gamesmanship. If Collaros plays, how vulnerable is he to another head injury? Is he even 100%? Or do we see backup Brandon Bridge?
THIRD AND SHORT
The Bombers have a not-so-secret weapon off the bench for short yardage situations. His name is Chris Streveler, and he can turn an expected quarterback sneak into a big-play scoring strike, like that. As important as the play of starter Matt Nichols is, Streveler’s sneaky arm and young legs could be the difference.
Which team has more players huddling by the sideline heaters, trying to combat the frigid temperature and wind chill factor? That could well determine who is adjusting better to a day better suited for snowshoeing than football. Either that, or it’ll just show us who’s smarter and not simply pretending to be tough.