Bombers' fatal flaw exposed?

Saskatchewan Roughriders' Jerome Messam (33) jumps over Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Maurice Leggett...

Saskatchewan Roughriders' Jerome Messam (33) jumps over Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Maurice Leggett during the second half of their CFL football game in Winnipeg August 7, 2014.

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:09 PM ET

It was in the minutes after the Blue Bombers loss to the Riders, Thursday, and I was in the home team’s locker-room, picking my way through the defence.

Much more gently than Riders running back Jerome Messam just had.

Where Messam brought trouble, though, I just had questions.

Like Messam, I got into the secondary, beginning with Chris Randle, a first-year Bomber with the bitter taste of loss No. 2 fresh on his tongue.

“Those are the hard ones to take,” Randle said. “Because we were in a position to win that game. It’s just a hard one to take.”

The difference, the former Stampeder said, Saskatchewan’s defence beat Winnipeg’s at its own game: going after the ball.

The Riders defence forced three fumbles and three interceptions, taking one of each in for a touchdown.

“They score on their defence and we didn’t score on ours,” Randle said. “That’s a huge difference."


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