Bombers have faith

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

The best offence against such an offensive defence is to be, well, defensive.

A struggling Winnipeg attack will face the most aggressive defenders in the land when the Blue Bombers challenge the Argos in the CFL East Final in Toronto this Sunday.

"This is probably one of the toughest defences I've faced in the past few years," Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn said yesterday. "The key is what we've been preaching all year -- not turn the ball over, execute, score points, get the ground game going. When you get the ground game going, it helps out the passing game so we don't have to drop everybody out underneath their routes.

"They (Argos) excel at (forcing turnovers). They've made the comment that they play like an offence. As a defence, they go out and try to score points. That's what they preach over there."

Toronto leads the CFL in average points allowed (15.9) and Argo linebacker Kevin Eiben went one step further yesterday.

"They're not going to get over 10 points against us," Eiben told Sun Media.

The Bombers have scored 15, 23 and eight points, respectively, while posting a 1-2 record against the Argos this season.

"We certainly haven't demonstrated that we're capable of putting 50 points a game up on them," conceded Bomber head coach Doug Berry. "Each time we play them every year, I admire how good (Argos defensive co-ordinator Rich) Stubler does in getting that defence ready to play and this year's no different ...

"We have been able to put up good yardage numbers but the bottom line in any games is how many points do you score, and that's where they're far superior to any other defence."

The Argos lead the league with 25 interceptions and are second in total takeaways (50). And they have surrendered only one touchdown in their last three games.

"Not many other defences can say that, especially in the CFL," Eiben said.

"They do a lot of things that are somewhat unorthodox," said Bomber offensive tackle Dan Goodspeed. "They've got a lot of good players over there, and it's a speed defence ...

"Plus, their (defensive) ends are pretty good. Obviously, Jonathan Brown is playing well (13 quarterback sacks) and I think Riall Johnson (10 sacks) is, too. For (Bomber offensive tackle) Alex (Gauthier) and I, it's another battle. Inside, (defensive tackle Adriano) Belli is a veteran of this league and knows the game. They make it tough on you."

Stubler has been labelled a genius, yet, the Bombers do believe the offence can score enough points to win on Sunday.

"I have all the faith in the world in Kevin," Goodspeed said. "He's grown as a great leader and he's capable of doing pretty much anything -- as long as we give him some time.

"Just as long as we've got one more point than they do at the end of the day, we'll take it."


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