Winnipeg – Hard to imagine the Winnipeg Blue Bombers reaching their first bye week of the CFL season in much better shape. Languishing at 1-4 just over 2 weeks ago, the Bombers reached the .500 mark with their third straight victory, an emphatic 34-17 win over the Toronto Argonauts at BMO Field. This Blue Bomber team has come alive in a very big way. The defence is forcing turnovers at a break-neck pace, 6 more against the Argos, giving them a CFL leading 27 takeaways. The offence has become efficient, led by running back Andrew Harris and quarterback Matt Nichols. And special teams are rock solid, among the best in the CFL.
There were lots of stars on Friday in Toronto with receiver Clarence Denmark leading the way. In his second game back with the team, Denmark had a career game, 7 catches for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Harris had another big night on the ground, rushing for 123 yards to raise his season total to 505 yards. Rookie defensive back Kevin Fogg had a night to remember. He intercepted two passes, recovered a fumble, registered a quarterback sack, chipped in 4 tackles and had 6 punt returns for 98 yards. Linebacker Moe Leggett had 2 interceptions, one of which he returned 98 yards for a touchdown. And linebacker Ian Wild had his usual solid performance, 5 tackles and 2 special teams tackles.
On top of all that, the Bombers appeared to come out of the game injury free. And with two weeks until they play again, they should get some of their injured players back, which will make for some interesting decisions for the coaches because the so called “backups” have more than held their own.
Bomber players and coaches have the next 7 days off to enjoy their recent burst of success and think about how they are going to carry it on through the rest of what is now shaping up as possibly a season to remember.