Saskatchewan quarterback Cody Fajardo and the Riders rickrolled into the bye week.

“That was not pretty. That was a good song, I love it and I was into it, but I looked up and I kind of cringed and kind of humbled me during the game. I was like ‘Oh my gosh that’s pretty ugly’,” Fajardo said.

“The 80s night was awesome – I thought the music was great.”

Fajardo led a seven-play, 54-yard drive to setup kicker Brett Lauther for the game-winning field goal. The green and white QB finished completing 19-of-27 passes (70.4 percent) for 254 yards with one touchdown and six carries for 29 yards and one major. Saskatchewan improved to 8-4 heading into their third and final bye week of the regular season.

“This bye week is big, I know a lot of guys in that locker room are banged up, including myself. Your body feels it so this bye week is well-timed,” Fajardo said.

“I’m going to stay here. I just figured I gotta get ready for this last push.”

The Riders are 8-3 with Fajardo as the starting quarterback. Saskatchewan has a chance to host a home playoff game and compete for the top spot in the West Division. Fajardo wants to bring the team together during the time off as they refresh for the stretch run.

“For me and my position I’m in, if I want to be the franchise guy I gotta be able to show that I can lead this crew on and off the field. Not just on the field I gotta show that I’m a great guy in the locker room, great guy in the community and that’s what I want to be,” Fajardo said.

“I want to be remembered for not Cody who is on the football field, I want to be remembered for Cody inside the locker room and in the community because football’s not going to last forever, but I want my name to last forever.”

Fajardo will throw with receiver Jordan Williams-Lambert who recently signed an extension following NFL training camp. The two have never worked together so developing a rapport for the last six games could be beneficial for both players and the team overall.

“The one thing I want to do is whoever stays in town I want to try and get something going like a team activity. Maybe we go to an escape room. Maybe we go bowling,” Fajardo said.

“Just a little team camaraderie thing. That will be big because it’s an opportunity for guys who stayed and don’t have their families with them for us to be together.”

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