Fear great motivator for Bombers O

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:08 AM ET

WINNIPEG - There was a simple motivating factor behind Winnipeg’s offensive outburst on Saturday in Toronto.

Fear.

“(It was) the pressure that we had to step up,” said quarterback Buck Pierce, who led the way with 361 yards passing and three TD tosses. “We were called upon to stay on the field and take some pressure off our defence.

“We carried the load.”

The Bombers piled up 483 yards of net offence, which was their biggest explosion in nearly a year and followed three dismal showings to start the season.

How good was Pierce on Saturday? His quarterback efficiency rating shot from 60.5 to 87.3.

SITTIN’ PRETTY: Thanks to Saskatchewan’s 27-24 win over Montreal on Sunday night, the Bombers are tied for first place in the East Division with the Alouettes at 3-1.

Just because they will no doubt be favoured going into Thursday’s game against the winless B.C. Lions doesn’t mean head coach Paul LaPolice will change his coaching tune this week.

“Not at all. Our theme will stay the same,” he said. “It’s about us getting better. The B.C. Lions are a good football team. We’ll work on making sure we’re focused and ready to play.

“There’s a lot of things in that game that we didn’t execute very well, and that’s our goal this week, to execute better this week in front of the home crowd.”

BOLD STATEMENT: Lions receiver Paris Jackson guaranteed to Vancouver’s News 1130 radio station the Lions will beat the Bombers on Thursday.

NO JOE?: The status of Joe Lobendahn for Thursday’s game against the Lions remains up in the air.

The Bombers middle linebacker missed Monday’s practice with an ankle injury suffered in Saturday’s 33-24 win over the Toronto Argonauts.

“He’s sore today,” head coach Paul LaPolice said Monday. “He says he feels better today, but we’ll see how he is tomorrow. With a short week it’ll be hard, but we’ll keep an eye on him tomorrow.”

If Lobendahn can’t play against the Lions, expect Marcellus Bowman to get the start.

Slotback Terrence Edwards (undisclosed), receiver Cory Watson (knee) and defensive end Odell Willis (groin) also sat out Monday’s practice, but LaPolice expected them all to be back on the field on Tuesday.

MUSIC MONDAY: LaPolice allowed his players to listen to some music over the Canad Inns Stadium speakers on Monday.

“It’s a short week, and what I try to do for that is try to give them something to get them a little started and going,” LaPolice said.

The only problem with Monday’s play list was it was full of expletives and racial epithets. There were numerous children in the crowd.

“I heard the music wasn’t great, so I will fix that,” LaPolice said.


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