Winnipeg – Another test, another passing grade for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Bombers took a 3-game win streak into Molson stadium on Friday night but there were still some doubters. There probably still are. But a 32-18 win over the Als made it not only 4 wins in a row, but four consecutive victories on the road, something a Bomber team hadn’t accomplished in one season since 2001. And this one followed a similar formula to the first three. The Bombers forced another bushel of turnovers, they had good ball security, their field goal kicker was deadly and the offence came through with a big game-clinching drive.
It’s the third straight game in which the Bombers have forced 6 turnovers. In the 4-game win streak, they have committed just 4 turnovers while forcing 19. It’s a stunning stat and it has played no small role in the Bombers success. Leading the way in the “steal” category was Moe Leggett with two more interceptions, including a 60-yard touchdown return. It’s the third time this year Leggett has returned an interception for a major score, tieing the club record set by Dick Thornton back in 1963. Justin Cole and rookie Taylor Loffler also had interceptions while the Bombers had a blocked punt and forced a turnover on downs.
Justin Medlock made all 6 of his field goal attempts, including kicks from 36, 39, 40 and 47 yards. Medlock has now made a personal best 20 field goals in a row. And the Bomber offence put together a clutch 93 yard drive in the final minutes that ended with a nifty 19-yard touchdown run by Andrew Harris to seal the deal. Harris had 70 yards rushing and 61 receiving. Quarterback Matt Nichols numbers were not flashy, 23 of 30 for 220 yards, but he didn’t throw any interceptions and made some key throws on the game winning drive against a very tough Montreal defence.
From 1-4 and the depth of despair to 5-4 at mid-season and a chance to really make something of the 2016 year. What a dramatic change of fortunes for the Blue bombers.