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