Blue aim to take it on the run

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

If you want to give Charles Roberts the rock, he is more than willing to take it and run with it.

Expect the Winnipeg Blue Bombers tailback to get plenty of action today against the Montreal Alouettes if the wind howls as strongly as it's supposed to.

"You can run on them," said Roberts, who returns after missing two games with a thigh injury. "We had success running the ball last week. Each team makes adjustments, and I know they went to the drawing board and made some adjustments to try to be able to stop the run."

The Alouettes must have gone to the drawing board several times this season, as they ended up sixth against the run, allowing nearly 114 yards per game. Bombers backup running back Fred Reid had 139 alone in last week's 20-17 win.

'EVERY SINGLE PLAY'

Winnipeg and Montreal are close in every major statistical category except rushing yards allowed (see below), so Bombers left tackle Alexandre Gauthier said his team should take advantage of it.

"That's what we're waiting for," Gauthier said. "Every O-line likes to run the ball. We had success running the ball against them, too, so why not? If we can run every single play, that would be good."

Despite Reid's impressive numbers last week, Alouettes defensive tackle Eric Wilson said he didn't exactly run roughshod over them.

"Beside a couple plays last week against Fred, we held them pretty good," Wilson said. "He broke two good runs, and it's the same thing with Charlie. You gotta hold him down, and you gotta play your gaps, and just do your job."


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