The last time the Winnipeg Blue Bombers stepped on a football field they fell to the Alouettes in Montreal 39-17 on August 19. With a 2-6 record, it’s fair to say, they entered their bye week in a state of disarray. The Riders aren’t exactly hitting on all cylinders though eitherĀ — not after last week’s putrid outting in Edmonton where they stalled offensively and had another special team’s blunder and fell to the mediocre Eskimos 17-14.

At present, Calgary Stampeders look like the team to beat in the CFL West. In the next two weeks they’ll play the Eskimos in their traditional Labour Day home-and-home series. Today at Mosaic Stadium, and next Sunday in Winnipeg, the Riders will play the Bombers in a similar two game set.

Unless the Esks manage to upend the Stamps, which at this point doesn’t seem very likely, the Riders will have to sweep the Bombers to remain within striking distance of first place in the West heading into a key Sept. 17 home date against Calgary.

The game was sold-out months ago, so will be broadcast on TSN beginning at 2 p.m.. To get you ready, here’s highlights of last year’s Labour Day Classic.