Bombers out for revenge against StampsWinnipeg hasn't forgotten 44-3 embarrassment
By JIM BENDER, QMI Agency
|Calgary Stampeders LaMarcus Coker (R) is tackled by Winnipeg Blue Bombers Marcellus Bowman during the first half of their CFL football game in Calgary, Alberta, September 14, 2012. (REUTERS/Todd Korol)
Sometimes, stats really don’t lie.
For example, Calgary clobbered the Blue Bombers 44-3 in Cowtown the last time the two teams met in CFL action.
Calgary quarterback Kevin Glenn completed 17 of 23 passes for 298 yards and one touchdown, with no interceptions.
Nik Lewis caught seven passes for 131 yards.
LaMarcus Coker, rushed for 79 yards on just five carries.
“We’re looking for redemption against these guys,” Winnipeg safety Ian Logan said on the eve of the rematch at Canad Inns corral at high noon Saturday. “We did not play well in Calgary. They tore us up. So, we’re looking to rebound in and come out with a better performance.
“We came out flat in that game. We need to come out with more passion. Coming off a big win (over Montreal) like this, guys are just excited and energetic and we’re going to bring that mindset to the game.”
The Bomber defence started to look like its old swaggering self in the 27-22 victory over the Alouettes in Montreal on Thanksgiving Monday.
“It’s tough to win there and, considering our circumstances, it was a big victory for us,” Logan said. “Winning our first on the road this year and beating a team like Montreal, it shows that we can compete with any team in the league.”
Glenn, a former Bomber quarterback, has filled in admirably for injured starter Drew Tate.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Kevin’s, having played with him here in Winnipeg,” Logan said. “He’s a very good quarterback. He knows where to put the ball and when. But if you can get him off his game early on, he does occasionally throw interceptions and that will be what we’re trying to do.”
The Bombers will not easily forget that 44-3 embarrassment.
“Yeah, that wasn’t a good showing — by far,” said defensive back Johnny Sears. “That wasn’t us that they beat. We know that they’re gonna be a different team and they’re gonna get a different team come Saturday.
“There were so many things that we didn’t do. There were a lot of things we did clean up within the running game, within the passing game. We’ve got to be great at stopping the running game because they’re very disciplined on that block. That was a major part, and we’ve just got to tackle.”
Lewis, in particular, is also a load for the smaller DBs to tackle.
“Oh yeah, he’s a handful,” Sears said. “So, we’ve got to tackle him by the numbers and make sure they count. We can’t let him jump over us. He’s done that a few times and if we get him by the numbers, we should be fine.”
Sears had one of the two Winnipeg interceptions among the five turnovers the defence created in Montreal.
“I just hope the team can keep this morale going, keep the tempo high coming out for the game on Saturday afternoon,” Sears said.
So does interim head coach Tim Burke.
“I didn’t think we were as focused as we could have been (against the Stampeders in Calgary),” he said. “Having played them one time already — I know they’ll come out and have different wrinkles with their formations and all that. But I think we have a much better idea of how we have to play them.”
But will he post that 44-3 score in big, bold letters on the chalkboard before the rematch?
“They’re talking about it themselves,” Burke responded. “I don’t need to mention it.”