Stop Maas, Ranek first

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

How do you follow up a perfect win?

We're about to find out.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers walked into Ivor Wynne Stadium last Friday and pounded -- absolutely pounded -- the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 29-0 to improve their record to a remarkable, and surprising, 5-2.

It marked the first time in almost 55 years that the Ticats (1-6) had been shut out at home. The Bombers, meanwhile, hadn't blanked anyone since 1988.

So the thinking is that the Bombers should have no trouble with the Tabbies tonight in the rematch, that the Blue and Gold will use tonight's tilt to simply add yet another layer of confidence.

Bombers head coach Doug Berry has stressed all week that his team could've been better in several areas last week. They dropped interceptions. Troy Westwood booted a kickoff out of bounds. They didn't score a point in the third quarter.

Nice try, coach.

What should really get Winnipeg's attention tonight is the return of Hamilton quarterback Jason Maas and running back Josh Ranek from injuries.

Those two highly regarded off-season acquisitions haven't done much this season, but they have shown the ability in the past to do some damage.

If the Bombers can stop those two -- and if Milt Stegall plays -- it could be just as ugly as last week.


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