Bombers can't afford to get off to another bad start vs. Alouettes

Members of the Alouettes celebrate one of their two early touchdowns that put the Bombers in a huge...

Members of the Alouettes celebrate one of their two early touchdowns that put the Bombers in a huge hole last Thursday.

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:27 PM ET

MONTREAL - If the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are going to get this season going in the right direction, they need to start games faster.

As much as turnovers, a lack of offence and allowing big plays hurt this team, the putrid way in which it starts games is as much a culprit as anything else.

And listening to them talk, it doesn’t sound like they’re any closer to figuring it out as they prepare for the rematch with the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday night at Molson Stadium. The Alouettes beat the Bombers 38-33 last week in Winnipeg to open the season.

“We talked about how we want to start and how we want to finish, which are two important phases of the game,” middle linebacker Henoc Muamba said Wednesday after the Bombers touched down in Montreal. “We want to start off strong and be consistent throughout the game, and we know that if we can do that we’ll have them where we want them.”

OK, but how are you going to do that?

“You start the game focused and you


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