Deceptive opponent

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:37 PM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers come limping into McMahon Stadium looking like the easy part of the Calgary Stampeders schedule.

The 1-5 Double Blue rank last in the league in offence and defence and their most impressive player is punter Jon Ryan.

Stats are often deceiving. Quarterback Kevin Glenn returned from injury three weeks ago and since then, Winnipeg's offence has become more than respectable.

After four games during which the Bombers put up 785 yards total offence, Glenn has led the team to 844 in the past two.

Yet the soft-spoken quarterback refused to take much of the credit for turning it around heading into tonight's battle at McMahon Stadium (5 p.m.).

"We have a lot more confidence than we did earlier in the year," Glenn said. "That has just come from playing with each other more. We had a lot of guys coming in who were new to the team and hadn't played with each other.

"The more games we get under our belts, the more you know what the next guy is going to do. That helps out when you're in this league trying to get wins."

Since the Stamps beat Winnipeg 21-15 at Canad Inns Stadium in early July, there have been numerous changes on the Bombers offence.

Veteran receiver Milt Stegall missed that loss with a concussion and backup quarterback Tee Martin couldn't find the remaining targets.

The offensive line has been completely revamped with centre Aaron Fiacconi coming over from Montreal in a trade, John Feugill moving into the right tackle spot and free agent Dan Goodspeed taking over at left tackle.

Before the changes, running back Charles Roberts had 45 yards along the ground. He now leads the league in that category.

Stegall agrees Glenn's return may have coincided with the offensive turnaround but the quarterback position isn't the only spot that has improved. The same system of plays is being utilized better by receivers, lineman and running backs.

"The only thing that has really changed is we've been productive," Stegall said. "We run the same plays, we just deviate as far as formation goes.

"We've been more productive doing it. Everybody on offence has played really well, it's not just since Glenn has been back. I told everybody we had to step up and they did."

The Stamps may have an advantage in energy because the Bombers are in a short week but Stegall said the offence didn't need to alter its game plan that kept Winnipeg close to the defending Grey Cup champions.

"Calgary's style is a little similar to Toronto, in that they play a three-four," Stegall said. "They try to utilize their linebackers because they have some good ones. We just have to get our tailback Charlie going. Once he gets into the game, we can get really get moving."

Glenn knows his team can't afford to lose this game and go four points back of Calgary and Saskatchewan if it hopes to make the playoffs.

Yet, the 26-year-old isn't motivated by the record or the stats.

"We're not thinking about going 1-6," Glenn said. "This is our job and this is what we do, so we get motivation from that. Some guys have to feed their families, this is their job and their livelihoods.

"We just have to win."


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