It was another tough night for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. For the second week in a row the Blue Bombers had a chance to win or tie the game with time winding down and for the second week in a row they failed. Trailing the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 29-22 with a couple of minutes to go the Bombers failed to score on their final two drives.
Steven Jyles, now 1-2 as a starter for the Bombers had several chances to drive for the tying touchdown. He threw behind Adarius Bowman on 3rd down on the first chance. On his second chance, he under threw a wide open Brock Ralph, who could have made it into the endzone but was instead downed on the 3 yard line. Jyles followed this up with a poorly executed play where he bumped into his running back and couldn’t avoid the single Ti-cat defensive player who broke through the blocking. Jyles fell to the ground without getting a shot at the endzone on the final play of the game.
Jyles however doesn’t have the same job safety concerns as does Alexis Serna. Serna left 5 points on the board after 28 yard and 32 yard field goal misses in the second quarter. This would have allowed the end game to play out with a field goal attempt for the win. The Bombers are looking to bring in several field goal kickers to challenge and possibly replace Serna. Jason Medlock has said no to coming to Winnipeg for the near future as he waits on the NFL to give him another shot. Also on Winnipeg’s radar are former Ti-Cat Nick Setta, recently released from Saskatchewan Louie Sakoda and Chris Gould from the University of Virginia.
Adarius Bowman had a break out game for the Blue, but his shining night of 6 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown was marred by the 3rd down drop on a pass that was thrown behind him. The pass was still catchable as Bowman adjusted to the throw and had the ball go right between his hands.
Good performances for the Bombers included Terrence Edwards with a TD reception and Fred Reid with 98 yards on 12 carries. Steven Jyles finished the night throwing 349 years on a 68.6 percent completion rate. For the Ti-Cats, Kevin Glenn continued to exact revenge on the Bombers by throwing for 372 yards and 3 TDs. Arland Bruce followed last week’s record setting performance with a strong outing of 11 catches, 197 yards and 1 TD. The Bomber Defense held the Ti-Cat running game in check holding Deandre Cobb and company to 62 yards on 15 attempts.
One hopes that with the valuable experience the Bombers are gaining, the Bombers won’t just stay close, but they’ll start to win these close games. In their four losses, three have been by a touchdown or less, while neither of their victories has been by less than 20 points. This week Friday, the Tiger-Cats come to Winnipeg in the rematch of Saturday night as for the fourth and final time the two teams face each other this regular season. Winnipeg trails 1-2 in the season series with a minus 8 point differential. Friday’s tilt will go a long way in decided who gets to chase down the surprising Argonauts for second place in the East.
About the Author
Written by Jim Penner
I've been a life long Manitoban and a fan of the Bombers just as long!