4. Bombers de­fence: on the cusp or just teas­ing?

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - FRONT PAGE -

The fin­gers of blame have es­sen­tially avoided be­ing pointed at the de­fence over the last two weeks, what with the break­downs on spe­cial teams and ei­ther the mis­takes or in­ep­ti­tude of the of­fence. In the 26-25 loss to Cal­gary, the de­fence forced eight two-and­outs, but was also run over in a 107-yard TD drive. And while they were trad­ing blows with Ed­mon­ton in a 4-3 game into the third quar­ter be­fore Willy was in­jured, af­ter that they were scorched for three TD scores by rookie QB James Franklin.

Two of Ed­mon­ton’s TDs came on short fields — drives start­ing on the Win­nipeg five­and 17-yard lines — but this crew needs to ex­pect more of it­self.

“What they would like to clean up and we would like is when they get put on a short field is for them to hold the of­fence down,” O’Shea said. “That’s the next chal­lenge.”

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