IN­SIDE THE GAME

Winnipeg Sun - - SPORTS -

The Bombers are in the West Divi­sion playoffs a third straight year, the first time they’ve done that since 1986. Winnipeg’s 33-21 reg­u­lar-sea­son record over that pe­riod is sec­ond only to Cal­gary’s... The Rid­ers are a league-best 9-2 since Week 8. The Bombers are 6-5 ... Matt

Ni­chols is 7-4 life­time against Saskatchewan. Zach Col­laros is 5-2, life­time against Winnipeg ... Ni­chols has passed for more than 300 yards in both Winnipeg play­off games the last two years, with five touch­downs and no in­ter­cep­tions. He lost both... There are eight for­mer Rid­ers on the Winnipeg ros­ter, four for­mer Bombers on the Saskatchewan ros­ter ... The Rid­ers scored a record-ty­ing 15 of their 40 touch­downs on re­turns this sea­son, the high­est per­cent­age of any team (37.5%) in CFL his­tory. Their 11 touch­downs on de­fence also tied a league record (B.C., 1987)... In eight games, Saskatchewan’s de­fence scored as many, or more, touch­downs than its of­fence... The Rid­ers won the sea­son se­ries, 2-1, but the Bombers out-scored them, 81-63, on the strength of a 31-0 win in their last meet­ing, in Winnipeg. Of the Rid­ers’ 63 points in the se­ries, 30 came off eight Winnipeg.

Bombers O-line­man Jer­mar­cus Hardrick (51) will try to keep Wil­lie Jef­fer­son of the Rid­ers (far left) out of the Winnipeg back­field.

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