By Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Calgary Stampeders
Saturday, November 1st – 4PM EST
Winnipeg: 6-11, 8-game losing streak, 379 points for, 468 points against
Calgary: 14-2, 4-game winning streak, 465 points for, 313 points against
Previous results: Week 17 – CGY won 33-23
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are now the owners of the longest losing-streak in 2014. After a solid start, they come into their last game looking quite unstable heading into the off-season. Winnipeg’s offence, while very productive has also been extremely susceptible to creating turnovers. Earlier this week, on the heels of a 10-sack game against BC, Winnipeg’s offensive line caught some flak. What was stated then, and what should be remembered, is that a sack is not contingent on the men up front alone. Every piece of the offence needs to operate in sync, otherwise the man with the ball is going to get hit. This week in Calgary, Winnipeg needs to put a sound game together wherein they reaffirm their beliefs in the system that brought them a good deal of success in the first 6 weeks of competition. Defensively, the Bombers will need to offer an ever-changing look that doesn’t provide Bo Levi Mitchell and his offensive line an opportunity to pick up tendencies.
The Stamps continue to get better, which is a shocking statement with a team that now sits at 14-2. The Stampeders have retained momentum for the entirety of this season, regardless of which subset of players graced their game day rosters. Calgary will run the ball with one of 3 very capable backs, and they will pass the ball with one of 2 very capable quarterbacks. Last week, Calgary rested Charleston Hughes (the club leader in sacks), and they remained ever present in the Saskatchewan back-field. Against Winnipeg, Calgary needs to be cognizant of their rejuvenated run game behind tailback Paris Cotton. Regardless of what Winnipeg prepares though, expect Calgary to answer in kind.
This game is the least consequential of a very important weekend for most teams. Calgary has secured the top spot in the league, and Winnipeg has been eliminated from playoff contention. Calgary is now fighting to retain momentum and to challenge a league record. Winnipeg is fighting for hope.
Calgary moves to 15-2 with a high-scoring game 40-27.