Bad habits cost Bombers

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

TORONTO -- Several bad Bomber habits reared their ugly heads on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre, and they came back to bite the Blue and Gold in the butt big time.

Receiver drops, special teams letdowns and turnovers resulted in a loss when the Bombers needed one the least. They also threw in some ill-timed penalties just for old time's sake.

The Toronto Argonauts took advantage of nearly every Bomber miscue and turned them into a 17-13 victory, moving them six points up on the Blue and Gold in the East Division standings and giving the Argos the season series.

"Absolutely, totally frustrating," head coach Paul LaPolice said. "As a coach you're trying to do what you can. It's our job to make sure we always do our best to try to put them in position to be successful. You gotta finish."

Despite not getting anything going on offence, the Bombers were looking OK through 30 minutes of action, taking a 6-0 lead to the locker-room at the break.

The second half, however, is when most of the mistakes took place.

Chad Owens returned Winnipeg's first punt of the third quarter 80 yards for a touchdown. It was his second return major of the season against the Bombers after his 117- yard missed field goal run-back for a score in Week 2.

"They blocked our whole end on that side over there pretty well," said Alex Suber, who s strong play on the punt coverage team. "They closed it in, and he just hit the seam. They did a good job blocking it."

Winnipeg's special teams unit wasn't done floundering there. Toronto, facing third-and- 16 later in the third, lined up in punt formation but did a direct snap to Bryan Crawford.

The backup running back rumbled 30 yards for the first down, even though Winnipeg's Scott McHenry had a glorious opportunity to bring him down short of the first-down marker.

"Our guy missed the tackle," LaPolice said. "We had an overload to that side, and hey, hats off to them. They made a play. We had a guy right there, and they broke the tackle. If that guy makes the tackle, it's our ball."

As for the drops, Adarius Bowman once again led the way for the Blue and Gold. He put two balls on the turf that would have gone for first downs, and after an even worse performance in Montreal on Aug. 19, his future in Blue and Gold could very well be in doubt.

Leading receiver Terrence Edwards wasn't immune, either, as he also knocked down a pass that would have moved the chains.

"You can't do that in two-down football," LaPolice said. "It's too hard. It's too hard to get guys open to begin with. Then when you do, you gotta finish."

The Bombers then finally secured some good field position late in the third quarter, only to have quarterback Steven Jyles fumble the ball after running nine yards on first-and- 10. Jyles also threw an interception on a last-second Hail Mary, for which he can't be faulted.

"I'm never satisfied with my performance, but I had two turnovers," said Jyles, who has lost four fumbles this season. "That's just not too good for me."


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