By Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Ottawa REDBLACKS
Friday October 3rd – 7PM EST
Ottawa: 1-11, 9-game losing streak, 180 points for, 308 points against
Winnipeg: 6-7, 4-game losing streak, 304 points for, 324 points against
Previous results: Winnipeg beat Ottawa at home 36-28 in week 2
Although we have seen the Blue Bombers shift from early-season dominance, to mid-season panic, there are still a lot of positives for Winnipeg. Drew Willy continues to put up big offensive numbers, and his rookie running back; Nic Grigsby is still contending amongst the best in the league for rushing supremacy. Winnipeg’s offense should do well this week as they have remained potent even in defeat. Lately, penalties have greatly affected the Bombers defence. Look for O’Shea to have a tight grip on his defensive front-seven against Ottawa.
The REDBLACKs are in desperate need for some sustained offensive pressure. Last week, Henry Burris was able to march his squad down the field several times, only to be stumped where it counted. Look for Ottawa to establish a run-game early, so that receivers like Wallace Miles, Matt Carter, and even fullback Pat Lavoie can get down the field. Defensively, Ottawa’s secondary needs to stifle receivers early and take Willy off his passing game, which has proven to be deadly.
Although Ottawa’s chances are slim, the REDBLACKs still have a chance at the post-season (which is a historic statement with a 1-11 record). The latter portion of the season features an abundance of inter-divisional play, so anything is possible if Ottawa starts producing consistent play.
Winnipeg is in desperate need of a positive outcome. Their play has not slipped as much as their record might suggest, and in football, a shift of momentum can mean the world of a difference. With only 3 wins between them and 3rd place, Winnipeg not only has a shot to make the post-season, they have a shot to do it in the West.
Winnipeg takes it 24-13.