Mission impossible?

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

Their mission, which they have already chosen accept, is to conquer the Montreal Alouettes, armed and dangerous, when they swagger into Canad Inns Stadium tonight.

This is essentially the same team that exposed the Blue Bombers as pretenders back in 2003 when their descent into the deepest, darkest corner of the CFL's wilderness first began.

Since then, this outfit has been virtually stripped of all but a few remnants of the club that represented Winnipeg in the 2001 Grey Cup, including a quarterback it could have desperately used the last three outings. But that's all history now and the new-look, winless Winnipeg club is still seeking to crack that goose egg. But, it won't be easy against Rapper Don and his Als.

Win and the Bombers give their fans renewed hope for the season. Lose and Winnipeg drops to 0-5 and heads to Toronto to face the defending Grey Cup champion Argonauts next week -- with playoff hopes quickly fading.

The Bombers are riding their best defensive effort of the season into the match while the Als are coming off a bye. Here's a closer look at tonight's encounter.

KEEP AN EYE ON

Winnipeg QB Kevin Glenn, No. 5

The Bombers discovered what life was like without their No. 1 man the last three games and they didn't like it much. Winnipeg dropped three straight under rookie Tee Martin but Glenn's return by no means guarantees victory, especially against one of the top teams in the CFL. Glenn's mere presence, however, gives the squad more reason to hope because he does have CFL experience and he has faced that ferocious Montreal pass rush before. Glenn also has the ability to adjust on the fly and he should make those around him on offence better players.

REMEMBER WHEN?

Rookie Bomber quarterback Khari Jones made his first CFL start and racked up 560 yards of offence against the Montreal back on July 28, 2000. The Bombers actually netted more than 600 yards of offence, the last time Montreal allowed that many in a single match. The Alouettes still won 33-31, though.

KICKOFF

7:30 p.m.

TV/RADIO

TSN/RDS (local blackout in effect)/CJOB.

THE LINE

Montreal favoured by 10.5 points

ALL-TIME SERIES

Montreal leads 30-25, with two ties.

LAST MEETING

The Alouettes snapped Winnipeg's three-game winning streak by blasting the Blue Bombers 47-25 in Montreal last season. The Als scored six touchdowns in the first half alone.

QUIRKY FACT

Slotback Ben Cahoon has been a single-handed Bomber killer over the years. Cahoon has recorded three 100-plus yards receiving outings and has scored eight touchdowns in 19 games against Winnipeg. Cahoon has caught 60 passes for 958 yards versus Winnipeg. More importantly, Cahoon has made the key catch in several Montreal victories over the Bombers.

THE FINAL SAY

"We're getting used to that. The one time we go out on the field and we're only out there for 40 or 50 snaps, you're going to see a hell of a performance, as far as I'm concerned, because we're getting up there."

-- Bomber DT Doug Brown on the fact the defence was on the field for 78 snaps vs Edmonton last week.


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