By Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
Calgary Stampeders @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Saturday, October 18th – 7PM EST
Calgary: 12-2, 2-game winning streak, 392 points for, 263 points against
Winnipeg: 6-9, 6-game losing streak, 333 points for, 407 points against
Previous results: Calgary and Winnipeg have not yet played in 2014
The Stampeders have already clinched a playoff spot in 2014, but don’t expect this team to rest on their laurels. Calgary knows all too well that dominance in the regular season does not guarantee anything in the post-season, and with that in mind these guys are not going to take their feet off the proverbial gas-pedal for 1 second. Bo Levi Mitchell returns to competition this week, and will look to decisively show the world why he was indeed QB1 to start the season. There is not a facet of Calgary’s game that is weak right now. If the game comes down to a defensive stand, the 2013 sack-leading defensive line will not give an inch. If the game comes down to special teams, the kicker-duo of Rob Maver and Rene Paredes will ensure every point needed is put on the board. Finally, with arguably, the most versatile offence in the league Calgary’s pedigree leaves Winnipeg’s hands very full.
Winnipeg will end this losing-skid before the season’s end. The question is when? Against Calgary, the odds are not good, but in the face of adversity could be one of the most meaningful wins of the season. Drew Willy will need to be poised in the pocket, as he will be receiving a steady dose of blitzes from Rich Stubler’s defence. The Blue Bomber offensive line will need to be cognizant of every miss-step taken by Calgary’s d-line, for those errors will be the key to Winnipeg driving the ball down the field. The Bomber defence will need to pad their secondary as Jon Cornish can and will break containment. Linebacker Ian Wild will be on Cornish-duty for the duration of this game, and has the skills to mute the former MOP’s production. Regardless of production, penalties need to stop. If Winnipeg can keep penalty yardage under 100, the Bombers fare much better against the league’s best team.
Winnipeg needs a win. The Bombers need to snap a losing streak, they need to assert their dominance, they need to reassure themselves of their capabilities, and they need to vie for a spot in the 2014 post-season. None of those goals are out of grasp, and if they want to make a stand, it is this week. Calgary is in the final stretch of yet another outstanding post-season. The only danger now, is complacency. A winning-record means nothing once the post-season begins. Calgary needs to remain hungry, and come out swinging for the duration of the 2014 season.
Calgary handily beats the Bombers 40-21.