Bombers believe

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:25 PM ET

TORONTO -- If the Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat the Toronto Argonauts this afternoon, can a Grey Cup title be far behind?

"It's so funny," said Bombers defensive tackle Doug Brown. "You get so many people trying to make mission statements and get a grasp and a feel of what kind of identity we've created. But, man, we've played three games.

"This could end up being the greatest or the worst season still in the history of Blue Bomber football. (The optimism) is a little premature. We gotta continue what we're doing before we want to start smelling any roses."

There's no doubt the aroma is a lot sweeter around Bomberville these days, especially after a 46-10 thumping of the Edmonton Eskimos last weekend, but Brown is right: There is a long way to go.

Even the oddsmakers need more proof. Despite the fact that the Bombers (2-1) have won two straight, including a 16-9 triumph over the Argos two weeks ago, they enter today's tilt at Rogers Centre (3 p.m., TSN, CJOB) as one-point underdogs.

That has a couple members of the Bombers fired up.

"Nobody likes the Blue Bombers," declared defensive tackle Ron Warner. "We just have to continue to win. I guess we need to (win) nine straight until everybody figures out that we're for real. We are for real."

"We believe we're for real," added running back Charles Roberts, who had 133 yards on 32 carries against the Argos on June 23. "And by the mid-point of the season teams are going to know that. It's going to be a change of power, because we're a good team."

The next obstacle in the way of Winnipeg's march towards greatness is Toronto (1-2), which has lost two in a row since quarterback Damon Allen broke a finger in the season-opener.

Allen is still on the shelf, which means former Bomber Spergon Wynn will make his third straight start.

"This is a huge game," said Argos safety Orlondo Steinauer. "Any tiebreakers, if they should take this one, they got it. There's a lot riding on it.

"We gotta find a way to get it done, regardless of the injuries."

Toronto head coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons has a contradictory view of today's tilt.

"We're not going to get overly excited about the whole sort of jockeying for position thing in Week 4 of any Canadian Football League season," he said.

Even though it appears the Argos should be more desperate for a win than the Bombers, Roberts said the bigger picture paints a different story.

"We are the more hungry team right now," said Roberts. "They've experienced a lot of success for the last two or three years after almost folding.

"You think of a team like Winnipeg, which has been stable all these years but has been having such a tough time as of late, it just feels good to be turning it around right now."

So far, so good, but, as Doug Brown points out, the road is long.


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