Bombers need to start quickly

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

CALGARY -- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers scored 39 points in their season-opening tie against the Edmonton Eskimos.

In the last three months, however, they've often needed two games to sniff the 40-point stratosphere. The 39 points against the Eskimos remains a season-high for the Blue and Gold, and eight times this season the Bombers have failed to post more than 23 points.

Perhaps the Calgary Stampeders will be just what the doctor ordered for the Bombers offence.

The Stamps fired defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan 13 days ago, they are seventh against the run and sixth versus the pass, and they have allowed at least 30 points eight times this season.

Sounds like heaven for a Bomber offence that has been having trouble getting started lately and, therefore, has been unable to finish the job. The Bombers have been outscored 47-16 in the first halves of their last three games, two of them losses.

"You have to start fast," offensive lineman Dan Goodspeed said. "Offensively, that's where we put ourselves in bad spots -- when we start slow.

"If we could play an entire game the way we do in the second half, the sky's the limit. The first half stuff is driving us crazy a little bit."

Added linebacker Barrin Simpson: "There's going to some times you fall behind, but we can't get in a pattern of being behind and having to come back. We've gotta tighten up the ship."


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