Staying ahead

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

Charles Roberts would love a win this afternoon in the fourth annual Banjo Bowl.

Then again, a loss wouldn't be the end of the world.

"We're still in good position regardless of a win or a loss," Roberts said. "Obviously you always want to go out and win games, regardless of who it's against.

"You like to avenge a loss against the team that beat you the week before."

The Bombers (5-3-1) have a one-point lead over the Montreal Alouettes going into today's action, but the Als, who host the B.C. Lions this afternoon, have serious quarterbacking questions with Anthony Calvillo out of action for a while.

Therefore, all the Bombers have to do, according to Blink, is stay ahead of the of the pack. Their record, in the end, won't matter.

"It don't," Roberts said. "We could finish under .500 -- as long as we're in first place. We want that first-round bye, and we're in prime position for it right now.

"We do need to keep pace, and we do need to stay focused, and that should take care of itself."

Roberts is happy with how the Bomber offence is playing -- "We're humming right now, baby. We're really lubed up right now," he said -- and he hopes the additions of cornerback Juran Bolden and linebacker Ike Charlton will help shore up the other side of the ball.

"Hopefully the defence, with the changes that have been made this week, is able to make those adjustments and do the same job they've been doing and better ...," Roberts said.

""I don't think anybody's going into the game like it's a playoff game or anything like that. The mindset is always to win a game, and we plan on winning."


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