Numbers are in Bombers favour

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

They say numbers don't lie.

This week, they're doing a little fibbing.

If you go by the statistics, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers should walk all over the Toronto Argonauts tonight at Canad Inns Stadium.

The Bombers are better than the Argos in seven of eight key statistical categories. The only area in which the Argos hold the edge is in points allowed, and even then the difference is a mere 1.1 points.

Taking a look at the bigger picture, however, suggests that the digits don't accurately describe the state of these two squads.

The Bombers have lost two straight without No. 1 quarterback Kevin Glenn and star slotback Milt Stegall, while the Argos have won two in a row while allowing just eight points -- total.

Winnipeg will go with backup Mike Quinn for the second straight game, while Damon Allen will guide the Argos against the Bombers for the first time this season.

Not only that, but running back John Avery is showing the form that he had back in 2002, when he starred for the Edmonton Eskimos.

The Bombers have already won the season series against the Argos, but it will mean diddly squat if Toronto is at least two points ahead of them when the season ends.

The Boatmen can pull even with the Blue and Gold tonight at 5-5 and continue to ride a huge wave of momentum, which could put the Bombers on the path to third place in the East Division.

And third place in the East is not where you want to be. The last time the road team won the East semifinal was in 1989.


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