Bombers are turnover machines

Bombers coach Tim Burke knows eliminating turnovers is the most important thing for the team right...

Bombers coach Tim Burke knows eliminating turnovers is the most important thing for the team right now. Easier said than done. (Brian Donogh/QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:04 PM ET

WINNIPEG - If you’re looking for one or two stats that ultimately make a football team sink or swim, it’s turnovers and sacks allowed.

The cream of the CFL crop this season doesn’t turn the ball over, nor does it allow sacks. The bottom feeders do both, and they do it a lot. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have turned the ball over the most, and they have allowed the second most sacks.

That’s why they’re 2-11 and about to stretch their Grey Cup drought to an amazing 23 seasons.

It looks like turnovers will be the theme in Bomberville this week, and rightly so. They forked it over to the B.C. Lions a season-high seven times on Friday night, and the Leos transformed those presents into a whopping 34 points en route to a 53-17 demolition of the Blue and Gold.

The Bombers have committed a league-high 49 turnovers, including 22 interceptions and 19 fumbles. They have forced only 23 turnovers themselves, leaving them with a league-worst turnover ratio of minus-26.


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