Als all talk when it comes to containing Roberts

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

The war of words continued to froth after the match.

Before the Blue Bombers beat the Alouettes 20-18 in a CFL contest in their own backyard, Montreal defensive end Anwar Stewart told the Montreal Gazette that the team's mandate to limit Winnipeg tailback Charles Roberts to 50 yards or less and Winnipeg to 16 points was quite do-able.

Roberts finished with 95 yards on 16 rushes and added another 66 on six receptions.

"Really, I don't care what's happening over there," Roberts responded. "I've played them for some years now and I think, in the last couple of years I've gotten, like, 600 yards against Montreal, you know what I'm saying? So, they've contributed in my quest for the rushing record for the Blue Bombers."

Roberts needs just 429 more yards to become the leading rusher in club history.

HOLD ON: "It's gotten to the point where, if I get behind a guy, he just tackles me and holds on. I'm talking about grabbing my jersey, with two hands, and dragging me back ... I don't know if you can call that football, when a guy grabs you and hangs on for dear life."

No, that was not Bomber slotback Milt Stegall complaining about the treatment he is getting while pursuing the CFL's all-time TD record, but it could have been. It was actually B.C. SB Geroy Simon -- last year's MVP -- in an interview with the Vancouver Sun.

Yet, Bomber head coach Doug Berry was not about to complain to the phantom zebras on Stegall's behalf.

"That's not my call," he said. "They probably already know what's going on."

COMEBACK KIDS: The Bombers have now made comebacks in three of the four games they have played thus far, resulting in two wins and an overtime tie.

"We need to stop (getting down early)," said Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn. "We'll get better at it as the season goes on ... We still showed that we have character to stay in the game and fight back in the end."

They have the faith that they can.

"The whole thing is, the game is four quarters and, as trite as it sounds, there are halftime adjustments," Berry said. "As upset as I get over each single play, in the overall schematic, I'm not that upset because I know, eventually, we'll get things together."

HASHMARKS: DB Davin Bush (groin) is doubtful to play this week but DB Anthony Malbrough may be ready to return ... Montreal DB Davis Sanchez (sprained ankle) will be out 6-8 weeks ... Edmonton DL Ron Warner, who said Nate Davis could not replace him in Winnipeg, was a healthy scratch for the Eskimos on Friday.


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