The Bombers had costly penalties go against them, watched Buck Pierce throw a pick six and had a defensive touchdown called back on reply. And that was in the first quarter alone! Yes, if it can go wrong, it did go wrong for the Bombers (3-10) in a 29-10 loss to the Toronto Argonauts (7-6) at Canad Inns Stadium on Saturday, September 29. Hence, the team's report card for week 14 isn't very good.
Offence -- It was another forgettable performance by the "O," which did nothing to build on the team's 34-12 win against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last week. It didn't help when Buck Pierce couldn't answer the bell for the second half (linebacker Brandon Isaac blasted him in the second quarter). Before Pierce left the game, he completed 8 of 13 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown, a 20-yard strike to Terrence Edwards in the second quarter. Unfortunately, Joey Elliott tossed three interceptions in the second half and Chad Simpson was invisible with 39 yards rushing on seven carries. Grade: D
Defence -- I hate making excuses, but let's give the defence a bit of a break. A couple of questionable calls against the Bombers aided the Argos' opening touchdown drive. And the defence had nothing to do with Marcus Ball's pick six to make the score 14-0. However, the "D" has to take responsibility for backup quarterback Jarious Jackson, who opened the game with a one-yard TD dive and finishing the night 17-for-28 passing for 155 yards and one passing touchdown. Marcellus Bowman had a strong game with a team-leading nine tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. Grade: C+
Special Teams -- Demond Washington, who made an ill-advised return from his own end zone in the first half, fumbled the opening kick off of the second half. His first mistake was erased by a big gain, but his fumble led to an Argos field goal, which made the score 27-10. Toronto's return specialist, Chad Owens, didn't do much damage, but he did become the first professional football player to accumulate at least 3,000 combined yards in three different seasons. Grade: C
Coaching -- The Bombers continue to play undisciplined football. And that's putting it kindly. They fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter, turned the ball over seven times and committed eight penalties, including three costly ones on Toronot's opening scoring drive. Moreover, the Bombers have been outscored 101-21 in the first quarter of games this season. Sometimes I wonder if it's even possible to coach this team of misfits. But that's what Tim Burke gets paid to do. Grade: C
Next Marking Period -- The Blue Bombers travel to Montreal to face the Alouettes on Monday, October 8 at 12:00 p.m. CT. The Als have defeated the Bombers twice this season. Montreal won at home in week two, 41-30, and defeated the Bombers in Winnipeg, 36-26, in week six.
Adam Martini is a freelance sportswriter and supporter of all Winnipeg sports teams. The coldest sporting event he ever attended was the 2011 East Division final between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Canad Inns Stadium. Adam follows back Bombers fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.
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