Post-season hopes high

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are two-thirds of the way through the CFL regular season, and they're in a heated playoff race.

It's just that three months ago most thought the Blue and Gold would be fighting for first place, not a playoff spot. The damage has been done, but the 4-8 Bombers still control their destiny.

With the streaking Bombers taking a well-deserved day off, here are a few questions that were stuck in our mind yesterday:

SO IT CAN BE DONE?

The East Division had a 3-16 record against the West going into yesterday's contest between Edmonton and Montreal at Molson Stadium. The East's three wins were by a combined 13 points. The largest margin of victory was Montreal's 30-25 win over B.C. on Aug. 29.

That was until yesterday, when the Alouettes absolutely obliterated Ricky Ray and the Edmonton Eskimos 40-4.

The team with the big smile is the Bombers, who host the Eskimos on Friday night at Canad Inns Stadium. Edmonton is coming off a blowout loss AND has four days to prepare AND has to travel on Thursday.

Winnipeg's performance on Friday night will say a lot. If the Bombers can't beat the Esks, they would have no right finishing second in the East.

CAN I TAKE THAT BACK?

Even if the Bombers do lose to the Eskimos on Friday night, it's hard to see them not finishing second in the East.

When's the last time a team looked as beaten as the Toronto Argonauts did during Saturday night's 34-4 thumping at the hands of the Calgary Stampeders?

Poor head coach Don Matthews was speechless, the players' shoulders were slumped over, and the Stamps almost looked sheepish for laying such a beating on the Boatmen.

The Argos don't have any more meetings with Hamilton, and the Bombers have a four-point edge on the Tiger-Cats and own the season series, so there's no reason why Winnipeg won't finish second and host the East semifinal.

That being said, there are still six weeks left in the regular season. That's an eternity in the CFL, and so much can -- and probably will -- change.

SHOULD THEY CALL IT THE GREEN ZONE INSTEAD?

The Bombers would be so much better if they could finish drives.

Quarterback Kevin Glenn and the offence were 1-for-5 in the red zone on Friday night in Hamilton, and even failed to score twice.

Winnipeg has tallied touchdowns in 14 of 30 trips inside the 20-yard line this season. We're not saying they need to be perfect, but they need to be better.

It would go a long way in improving their offensive confidence down the stretch.

QUICK QUESTIONS

- With the Bombers poised to bring in Canadian offensive lineman Bobby Singh, where does that leave Obby Khan?

- Who would have guessed that Glenn, after starting the season with four touchdown tosses and 12 interceptions, would have a great opportunity to finish the season with more TDs (he now has 12) than picks (14)?

- Who is Winnipeg's most outstanding player so far?


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