Difference is reaction

Edmonton Eskimos QB Ricky Ray (right) throws under pressure from Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Neil...

Edmonton Eskimos QB Ricky Ray (right) throws under pressure from Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Neil McKinlay during action at Canad Inns Stadium on Saturday. (Winnipeg Sun/John Woods)

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

Not this year.

Edmonton's opening drive on Saturday night looked too much like the way opposing offences manhandled the Winnipeg defence last season. Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray moved the ball at will, then scored the opening touchdown on a one-yard dive.

"Everybody on the defence realized they scored an easy touchdown on us and that's not how we want to be," said Blue Bomber defensive end Tom Canada. "It's not our character, so what are you going to do except come back and play hard?

JUST ONE TD

"We only gave up one touchdown and the difference between a good defence and a bad defence is how you react to that."

Canada missed sacking Ray on that drive and heard about it from his coaches on the sidelines.

"I whiffed it, what can I say? Sometimes, it happens," he said. "I get a little excited, whatever. I whiffed the first one, came back and finally got him. That's just part of football sometimes. I always try to go for the kill shot and that's something I need to work on personally. But we came back and I ended up getting him, that's what counts."

Canada finished with three defensive tackles, one sack and two hurries, one which forced Ray to take an intentional grounding infraction when the Eskimos were threatening to score a second TD. And Winnipeg won the CFL contest 46-10.

QUINN IN: Backup Bomber QB Mike Quinn completed six of eight passes for 109 yards and one TD toss to slotback Milt Stegall in a mop-up role Saturday. The last time he threw a touchdown pass, Quinn was playing in an exhibition game for the NFL's Denver Broncos back in 2004.

"It feels great," Quinn said. "It's fortunate to be in that situation, where you come into a game with a big lead and no pressure. You can just stand back there and put it in those guys' hands and let them make something happen. I just had to get it close to Milt and he's going to come down with it. It was good.

"To go out there and get some time in a game is great because the most important thing for a quarterback is repetition."

BOATMEN BEWARE: Bomber head coach Doug Berry has felt his team's confidence grow from Week 1 to Week 3.

"I think there was a lot of wishing and hoping early and now, there's some reality coming about it," he said.

"That's a really good team (Edmonton), so that (win) just qualifies things for us," said defensive tackle Doug Brown. "All these games that we've played so far, there's been an excuse for each one. I'm sure this time it will be lack of execution for them in the red zone. But I love the fact that people keep not buying into this team because it just fuels us. Week in and week out, we have something to prove.

"Toronto's already setting up for the re-match, making comments like we weren't that good and they made us look good and all this kind of stuff. So, just keep 'em coming. Keep bringing the noise. We love it."

Bombers play the Argos in Hogtown this Saturday.

STILL NO. 1: Charles Roberts has given up on trading in his No. 1 for No. 32.

"I can't change it, the league changed the rules on me," said the Bomber tailback. "It's just because of marketing issues. I can change it at the end of the year but that's beside the point.

"I do like being No. 1, especially when I'm treated like No. 1."

HASHMARKS: LB/S Kyries Hebert was expected to arrive in town last night and be on the practice field by this afternoon, said Bombers GM Brendan Taman ... WR Chris Brazzell will likely sit out today's practice with a groin pull.


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