Next three are all must-win games

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

The Blue Bombers may have birdied the first hole of their own Amen Corner on Saturday, but they have not made the cut yet.

After defeating Toronto, Winnipeg plays host to the Edmonton Eskimos in the second of a critical four-game series that will ultimately determine whether the players will earn any post-season pay or not.

Following Friday's contest, the Bombers will look to score an eagle by beating the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton, then return home to face the struggling B.C. Lions. While B.C. (5-7) is currently ahead of the 4-8 Bombers in the crossover playoff derby, Winnipeg can still catch Hamilton (6-6) for second in the CFL East.

The 'Cats play the 7-5 Stampeders in Calgary while the Lions host Saskatchewan (7-5) this weekend.

"I think we're in a must-win (situation) almost every week now," Bomber head coach Mike Kelly said yesterday. "We've said all along, down this stretch, that we control our own destiny and we don't have to worry about somebody else knocking off another team for us to kind of backdoor thing."

The Bombers seem ready for the challenge.

"Regardless of what people say, this is our season right now," said quarterback Michael Bishop. "If we finish off strong, who knows what could happen? I have total faith in the guys in here."

HUNT READY: With Bomber DE Odell Willis suffering a quad strain, Phillip Hunt may replace him Friday. Hunt had rotated with Willis before he suffered the injury.

"I see some Fred Perry characteristics there, and that's not a bad thing," Kelly said.

"It felt good to play football again," Hunt said of his CFL debut. " I'm blessed to have this opportunity so, it felt good."

ESKIES MOVES: The Eskimos will be limping into town Friday. Edmonton has signed ex-Bomber DL Jerome Haywood to replace Dario Romero, who is out for the season with a torn bicep. With some of their DBs also hurting, Edmonton also acquired DB Byron Parker from Toronto.

CHIP WORTHY?: Bomber OL Steve Morley is ready to move to receiver after hauling in a tipped pass for an eight-yard gain on Saturday.

"It all depends if the coach likes what he saw," Morley said with a laugh. "He might put a formation in or a special play."

OL Glenn January was quick to jump in when Morley was asked why he didn't take his first career catch to the house.

"The ball comes to him, he grabs it like a cheeseburger, he looks at it, and he looks like Billy Bob," January said. "Remember Billy Bob, when he caught that ball in Varsity Blues and starts running with it? It looked like that."

Kelly was suitably impressed.

"We gave out the week awards for each facet but I also gave him a bag of chips because he actually had more receiving yards than one of their starting slots (Tyler Scott)," he said. "So, I thought that was worthy of a bag of chips anyway."


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