Bombers can start thinking about first place

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:24 PM ET

TORONTO -- Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry doesn't expect his offence will explode for 601 yards a second straight week, and he doesn't figure the defence will smother the Toronto Argonauts enough to hold them to 72 yards like it did two weeks ago.

A win today at Rogers Centre will make him just as happy.

The Bombers got a break (pun intended) when Argos quarterback Damon Allen went down with a broken finger in Week 1. Winnipeg stifled backup quarterback Spergon Wynn and running back Ricky Williams in a 16-9 victory in Week 2.

POSITIVE SIGN

The prognosticators (and maybe even some on Maroons Road) figured a 2-4 record for the Blue and Gold after six weeks would be a positive sign for the future.

Well, they're already 2-1, and they get to face the Allen-less Argos again this afternoon.

The Winnipeg defence has been dynamite through three games, and if it can stop Wynn and Williams again today, the Bombers will have a good shot at creating a nice little cushion between themselves and the Argos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-4) in the East Division.

It would also set up a huge matchup at Canad Inns Stadium next Saturday night, when the Montreal Alouettes, currently brandishing a 3-0 record, come to town.

But first things first for the Bombers, who still need a few more victories to prove they're for real. And today's game will provide a stiff challenge.

The Boatmen, who showed signs of life in the second half last week against B.C., are sure to be a desperate bunch because they're going into a bye week, too.

A record of 2-2 would be much easier to swallow than 1-3 for the next 14 days.


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