Blue draggin' bottom

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:47 PM ET

Signs of hope, promise and moral victories just won't cut it here any more.

After all, the Blue Bombers showed last week that their extended training camp, with most of its experimenting, is over. And Kevin Glenn, their starting quarterback is back.

Winless Winnipeg desperately needs to gallop into the winner's circle for the first time this CFL season. And there is no better time to do so than tonight when the mighty Montreal Alouettes invade Canad Inns Stadium (7:30, CJOB).

The Blue Bombers are dead last in the CFL West at 0-4.

"The bottom line is, we need a win, whether it's Montreal, the University of Manitoba, anybody," Bomber cornerback Omar Evans said yesterday. "We need a win bad. But to come out and compete and get a win against Montreal would be a tremendous step in the right direction for this team."

ANOTHER BLOW

Dropping to 0-5 would be another blow to the rebuilding program.

"It's no fun, obviously, losing and, at the professional level, pressure and intensity in the locker-room increases exponentially as each loss continues to come," said placekicker Troy Westwood. "So, we have a chance to turn this thing around. The coaching staff has done a great job of keeping the guys focused and together as one, and we feel that we can compete against Montreal, without any question."

Westwood was still kicking himself for whiffing two field goals during a 14-12 loss to the Eskimos in Edmonton last week.

"We let that one get away, for sure, and I contributed to that situation," Westwood admitted. "That was a gift and we didn't take advantage of it. We've got to ride our defence's coattails to some degree. They played really passionately and intensely last week. The offence and special teams need to pick up their games and play at that same level."

The Eskies won on a last-second field goal.

"The reality is that, from Game 1 to Game 4, we've come a long way," said Bomber head coach Jim Daley. "The next step, we, as a group, have to have happen, is success in the game and that's going to come. And it will be big when it does. It's very important to start having that kind of success, and we all know that."

It should have started in Edmonton.

TURNING POINT

"When it was in the fourth quarter, I literally thought we had the thing sewn up," lamented defensive tackle Doug Brown. "I thought that was the turning point for our season because of the way the guys came out and played and battled. That made it all the more maddening when we let it slip away.

"But yeah, winning against a team the calibre of Montreal would be -- as daunting a task as it is -- just a powerful a message for this team and for the rest of the league if we could pull it off. But we're definitely going to have our hands full."

Indeed. Not only are the 2-1 Alouettes well-rested after a week off but they are a perfect 6-0 coming off a bye.

"If they play their best, and we play our best, I like our chances," said Montreal head coach Don Matthews. "We have a very good football team."

Daley could not detect any weaknesses.

"We don't think there's an Achilles heel with Montreal in any fashion," he said.

"We need more than just one win," Glenn concluded. "But, we're gonna concentrate on this one."


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