Winnipeg – In losing a second straight game, 40-26 to the Edmonton Eskimos Friday night at Investors Group Field, a concerning trend continued for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Bombers continue to give up big chunks of yardage. Already last in the CFL in average yards allowed per game, the Bomber defence was touched for 30 first downs and 455 total yards by the Eskimos. In last weeks heart-breaking loss to Calgary, the Stampeders rolled up 460 yards and the week before Toronto moved the ball for 432 yards. Despite giving up a season average of 408 total yards per game, and 341 passing yards per game, both league lows, the Bombers have been able to post an 8-6 record. And they have done it largely through forcing turnovers and not giving the ball away. Their league leading plus 24 in the takeaway-giveaway category has masked the difficulty they have had in stopping opposing offences.
The Bombers are still nicely positioned, at 8-6, to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011. And with two games left against each of B.C. and Ottawa, they have every chance to finish with a winning record. But the Bombers will have to find a way to play a tighter defensive game because teams that give up big chunks of yardage don’t usually make a deep playoff run.