Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Roughriders Now 3-0 When Head coach/GM Chris Jones Wears Green on Sidelines

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Roughriders Now 3-0 When Head coach/GM Chris Jones Wears Green on Sidelines

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Green new colour of success for Riders

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Green has suddenly become the colour of success for Chris Jones.

Traditionally, the Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach/GM has donned black apparel on the sidelines. But the Riders have reeled off three straight wins since Jones began wearing the club's green 'Diversity is Strength' T-shirt.

So it's no surprise Jones will again be clad in green Saturday when the Riders (6-4) visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-6) in the annual Banjo Bowl, the completion of their home-and-home Labour Day series.

Saskatchewan has been resourceful over its win streak, getting points from its offence, defence and special teams. Defensive back Nick Marshall, who played quarterback at Auburn, has scored four rushing TDs in the Riders' last three games.

Starter Zach Collaros has been a tidy 62-of-96 passing (64.6 per cent) for 735 yards with two TDs and two interceptions over that span. Collaros completed 18 of 30 passes for 250 yards with a touchdown and interception in Saskatchewan's 31-23 home victory over Winnipeg on Sunday, its 13th in 14 Labour Day contests versus the Bombers.

Winnipeg's Andrew Harris ran for a game-high 158 yards on 15 carries (10.5-yard average). Harris leads the CFL in rushing with 963 yards (6.2-yard average), but didn't practise Wednesday.

Saskatchewan's defence held Winnipeg starter Matt Nichols to 14-of-26 passing for 166 yards. Nichols had a touchdown pass but also threw two interceptions as the Bombers suffered their third straight loss.

Nichols has come under fire in Winnipeg, which is 4-4 since his return from a knee injury. Although Nichols has completed 62 per cent of his passes, that's down from 71 per cent last season when the Bombers (12-6) secured a home playoff game by finishing second in the West Division.

If the CFL playoffs were to begin today, the Bombers would cross over and become the No. 3 seed in the East Division and have to secure two road wins to advance to the Grey Cup game. That wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing considering Winnipeg is 4-2 versus Eastern clubs and just 1-3 versus Western rivals. …

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