The Winnipeg Blue Bombers' nightmare season continued on Friday, September 14 with humiliating, 44-3 loss to the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium. It was another mistake-filled, minimal-effort showing by the Bombers (2-9), who basically rolled over and died. Yeah, it was that embarrassing. Speaking of embarrassing, here's the team's report card for week 12.
Offence -- How is it possible for the Bombers to go three games without an offensive touchdown in the wide-open Canadian Football League? Well, for starters, the team's quarterback play has been horrible. Starter Joey Elliott completed five of eight passes for 26 yards and threw an interception. Alex Brink, who entered the game in the third quarter, wasn't any better on 6-for-14 passing for 55 yards. Furthermore, a flat out drop in the end zone by Cory Watson cost the Bombers a touchdown in the third quarter. Winnipeg didn't have a run or pass play go for at least 30 yards the entire game. Grade: F
Defence -- The Stamps (7-4) ran up and down the field with little resistance. The Bombers missed numerous tackles and often were out of position. And when they finally did make a hit, it resulting in a roughing the passer penalty late in the first half which nuilified an interception by Henoc Muamba. A few plays later, Jon Cornish ran the ball into the end zone from three yards out to make the score 26-0. Kevin Glenn completed 17 of 23 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown and Nik Lewis caught seven passes for 131 yards, as the Stamps rolled up 508 yards of offence. Grade: F
Special Teams -- Showing no fear of the Bombers, Calgary ran a fake field goal in the first quarter which resulted in a 26-yard touchdown by Rob Cote. Otherwise, the special teams had little impact on the game -- I mean, the Stampeders were too busy running wild on offence. Can Justin Palardy trade in his punt yardage (nine punts for 313 yards) for frequent flyer miles? Grade: D
Coaching -- If the players quit on the coach, is it fair to blame said coach? I mean, how much blame can be placed on Tim Burke? Fair or not, Burke has to take his share of it for the team coming out flat and disinterested. Furthermore, the Bombers looked unprepared for the fake field goal run by Calgary for a touchdown. Winnipeg made no visible adjustments at half time. Grade: D
Next Marking Period -- The Bombers return home to host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday, September 21 (7:00 p.m. CDT). It will be the second meeting of the season between the Bombers and Tabbies. Winnipeg defeated Hamilton, 32-25, in week eight at Canad Inns Stadium. It was the Bombers' fifth straight win against the Tiger-Cats.
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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