Blue ready for tricks

Although Blue Bombers running back Charles Roberts trails the Stampeders' Joffrey Reynolds in the...

Although Blue Bombers running back Charles Roberts trails the Stampeders' Joffrey Reynolds in the rushing race, he predicts a victory by season's end. (Winnipeg Sun/Marcel Cretain)

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

The Blue Bombers just burned them 29-0 in Hamilton last week and the Tiger-Cats limp into Winnipeg with an embarrassing 1-6 record.

Not only that but the Steeltowners have not won on the road since Oct. 30, 2004 and that was against a team no longer in the CFL (Ottawa) -- 14 games ago. The Ticats last won in Winnipeg back on Oct. 8, 2004.

But don't expect tonight's game at Canad Inns Stadium (6:30 p.m.) to be a snoozer because these 'Cats are desperate.

BACK 'UP AGAINST THE WALL'

"We're expecting them to come out with all the trick plays and everything they've got," Bomber cornerback Omar Evans said yesterday. "Their back is up against the wall and they're trying to stay in the playoff race."

Winnipeg, 5-2, could win the season series with a victory over Hamilton this week and deal another blow to its fading playoff hopes.

"You just don't know what to expect from somebody who feels like they're backed into a corner," said Bomber head coach Doug Berry. "It's like an animal, 'What do I have to do to survive? What do I have to do to win?'"

And that can be scary.

"Yeah, especially with a team that does have some talent," Berry said. "They do have weapons, as attested in all the close games they've played this year."

And Hamilton has something to prove.

"We need to prove to them we can play better," said Hamilton head coach Ron Lancaster. "We did not play the way I believe we can."

And the Bombers had better believe that.

"We have to stay focused on our goal," said Winnipeg defensive end Tom Canada. "We don't want to come in this week and get all fat and happy and figure that we shut them out last week so, it's going top be easy this week.

"They're going to try whatever they can to try to get up on us so, it's our house, we have to protect and we have to come out on fire."

Bombers are 2-1 at home this year, losing their last one here to Montreal.

"We can't go out there and be overconfident, we just need to go out there and play the same game we've been playing," said Bomber tailback Charles Roberts. "I would hope they would come in and be proud and not roll over and lay down for us like they kind of did last week. I don't want to make anybody mad over there but they did kind of do that last week. I know they're professionals and they're going to come out with different attitude this week and try to steal one from us."

But the Bombers want to kick them when they're down.

"We want to keep them down, try to jump on them early so those doubts start setting in and we can do what we need to do," said linebacker Donnavan Carter, an ex-Ticat. "This is our home and we want to make it known that when you come in here, you're in for a battle. We definitely want to protect the house."

Hamilton quarterback Jason Maas, who missed last week's match with a hip pointer, returns to action tonight and has been a Bomber nemesis in the past.

"There's still a lot of football left and no one in our locker room believes that we're not capable of turning it around winning ball games," said the ex-Eskimo. "We've just got to stick together, keep striving to get better and start winning."

Then there's the revenge factor.

"They're going to come in with a chip on their shoulder and just because we shut them out, that kind of stuff sets in," said Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn. "So, they're going to come in fired up so, we'll have to match their intensity (tonight)."


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