Desperate times for Blue?

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:08 PM ET

With a pathetic 1-5 record, you'd think the Blue Bombers would be desperate enough to hang horseshoes, rub rabbits' feet, stick pins in voodoo dolls and call in the rally monkey.

And where is Krazy George these days?

Winnipeg plays host to the Montreal Alouettes in the first of back-to-back home games against East Division rivals today (6:30 p.m.). Just one-third of the way into the CFL season, it is critical for the club to somehow find a way to win.

"Desperate's not the word, it's angst," Bombers GM Brendan Taman suggested on the eve of battle. "When we get this figured out, we can get back into it pretty quick. The question is, how soon? We need to make it happen soon.

"The sooner the better."

'URGENCY'

But just don't call them desperate.

"Obviously, we know that there is a sense of urgency," said linebacker Cam Hall. "I don't think we're at the point where we're desperate. That kind of signifies a little defeat if we're desperate. It kind of signifies that you're already treading water and you're cashing in. I don't think we're at that point yet ... But there is definitely a sense of urgency."

Lose and the Bombers fall to 1-6, with the playoff picture looking bleaker by the hour.

"If we win (tonight), that's a big plus," said veteran offensive tackle Alexandre Gauthier. "Then we are one game away from first place. But if we lose, we're in big trouble. These are really, really important games. I hope everybody understands what they mean.

"The coach has been talking about that all week and I'm sure we're ready. Nobody wants to make mistakes, nobody wants to lose games so everybody's going to be out there (tonight) fighting."

Montreal was tied with Toronto -- who are here next week -- for first in the East heading into last night's games with a 3-3 record.

"We're going to be just as desperate as we were last week," said quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie, who starts his third straight game. "We know we need a win, especially with Montreal being in first place. If we don't win, it's going to be real hard on us to get back in the thing. This is an Eastern opponent and we've got to win every one so this game is very important.

"You try not to put too much pressure on yourself because you won't stay relaxed. At the same time, we've got to have some urgency. We've got to have a win (tonight), that's our main goal."

Trouble is, Dinwiddie will be without some of his most dangerous weapons, namely receivers Terrence Edwards, Kerry Johnson and most likely, Milt Stegall.

"Professional football players dealing with adversity are generally at their best," said Montreal head coach Marc Trestman. "That's been my history, being around teams that have had their backs against the wall. They fight because they're professionals and every single one of them are champions regardless of their record."

Bomber head coach Doug Berry was asked how desperate his charges will be tonight.

"Define desperate," he retorted. "We want to win. I don't think we're going to approach it any other way than we have the first six."

But Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo believes such a desperate scenario will have a significant impact.

"They're hungry like we were hungry last week," he said. "We had three straight losses and felt that we had to get back on the winning track. And last week, we did so. And we're going to try to continue that trend."


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