14 points too much to ask from a CFL offence?

PAUL FRIESEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:30 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Welcome to the Saturday night Chiller-Thriller, where only the brave dare pick up the remote.

In this weekly horror series, you never know what you'll see, the first four episodes featuring a quarterback with no arm, a stomach-turner if there ever was one.

Tonight, it's a guy known for not having much of a head.

I'm talking about the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, of course, who'll bring us Episode 2 of the Michael Bishop story, after the Stefan LeFors mini-series was cancelled due to bad passer ratings.

Tonight's setting, the foothills of Calgary, a graveyard for Winnipeg teams over the years.

If that's not scary enough, the opponent is in a bad mood, after a late meltdown at home against Saskatchewan last week. Not to mention that embarrassing loss in which it had its limbs pulled off in Winnipeg, Week 2.

No, there's not a whole lot stacked in favour of the boys in blue this evening.

Which, of course, puts Mike Kelly's crew right where he wants them. Kelly's never met an underdog he doesn't like, and the Bombers won't be within two TDs of the Stamps, if the oddsmakers are right.

But if the Bombers are, indeed, on the right track, as the head coach tells us, then this shouldn't be a horror show at all.

Tepid viewers should be able to peek through their fingers and see a football team making progress, continuing to play well on defence and fielding an offence that actually resembles a CFL attack, for once.

If this bunch is going in the right direction, we should see an offence with more variety ... one that doesn't need to rely on trick plays, fake kicks or penalties to move the ball.

One that doesn't need seven turnovers to stay in the game.

Is it too much to ask for some semblance of a kick return game, too?

Gone are the days, you'd think, of having to hold teams to 12 or 13 points to win. Shouldn't a real CFL team be scoring 25 in its sleep?

Sure, it's a lot to ask, when you look at what the Bombers have delivered, so far.

It's simple, really: just get better as the season progresses.

That's what Kelly told us he wanted to see.

At this stage, that's all Bomber fans can hope for.

On the other side of hope, there's dread.

Tune in at your own risk.

PAUL.FRIESEN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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