Monday, October 8, 2012

Bombers Terrific on Turkey Day

The 3-10 Winnipeg Blue Bombers looked more like a 10-3 team today going toe to toe with the Montreal Aloquettes, ending Anthony Calvillio's seven game Thanksgiving day winning streak, by winning 27-22. The Bombers came out of the gate looking like a team that had the pressure lifted off its shoulders as head coach Tim Burke preached having fun this week, rather than focusing on the negatives that have happened this season, such as the Buck Pierce concussion talk and Clarence Denmark missing the game due to his father passing away.

The Bombers played well in all three facets of the game and took advantage of Montreal's turn overs and an offence missing S.J Green and Brandon Whitaker. It's difficult to determine how much weight to put behind this victory as this is by no means a playoff ready team. The defense was having issues covering the Montreal receivers, although they came up big when necessary, especially Brandon Stewart who snuffed out Montreal's last drive with what could be a season saving interception. The offence still sputtered at times, particularly having difficulty converting on 2nd and short and a botched field goal could have cost the team the game.

However, the Bombers over came adversity during the game that included the  aforementioned botched field goal attempt and injuries to Alex Hall and Bryant Turner. Joey Elliott (17-25 for 325 yards) also showed that he can play in this league, despite the fact his throws seem to lack velocity. They were well placed plus he played with great enthusiasm along with showing some poise, particularly on his TD throw to rookie Rory Kohlert late in the the 4th quarter. The TD came on a play fake to Chad Simpson who also made a great block to save Joey from a potential sack. On several occasions Joey thre the ball away rather than forcing the issue.

The fact is, this season may be done as the Bombers are still a long shot to make the playoffs. Therefore, how they play out the season will go along way in determining who will be back in training camp and if the fans should have any hope going into the 2013 season. As for the Al's they should not panic as they still have AC back there but the defense is a work in progress and the last team to get torched' by Joey Elliott was Hamilton who like the Bombers are fighting for their playoff lives.

The Bombers next test is against the Calgary Stampeders who come to town next Saturday. The question is, will Buck get the call or is this Joey's team now that he has slayed the giant.

Article by Sportmentary's Winnipeg correspondent, The Comish.

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