WINNIPEG — The stage was different Sunday, but for the Winnipeg Jets, the same struggles showed up.
Through five games this season, the Jets’ major offensive struggle has been on the power play. At the much-anticipated Heritage Classic, the man advantage did them in again, as two power play gaffes in the second period were the turning point in a 3-0 win for the Edmonton Oilers.
Winnipeg, now 2-for-19 on the power play this season, was given an opportunity midway through the second as Darnell Nurse sat for cross-checking. It quickly turned ugly, though, when Dustin Byfuglien coughed up the puck at the Oilers blue line, allowing a Mark Letestu breakaway that ended in an easy goal.
WINNIPEG — Early on, it all looked too easy for the Blue Bombers. The offence was ingenious, the defence was energized, and a 24-3 lead came as a result.
That all changed as the clouds moved in on Investors Group Field. Instead, the game lived up to its playoff implications, as the B.C. Lions stormed back with 17 unanswered points. The game then concluded with two teams going blow for blow, right up until the last minute, when a heroic goal line stand by the Bombers defence gave the game its final score: 37-35.
WINNIPEG — For the Winnipeg Blue Bombers players and coaches, it was a week of talking up a 60-minute effort, trying to diagnose a shootout loss to Calgary that ended their seven-game win streak. The resulting game? It can only be referred to as déjà vu.
Faced with the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday, the Bombers defence struggled to slow quarterback Mike Reilly in the first half. The slow start hurt Winnipeg again, as their offence waited too long to liven up, and the 24-10 halftime hole ended up being too big to dig out of. The Eskimos would win in the end, 40-26. Continue Reading
WINNIPEG — Over a win streak that’s now stretched over half their season, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have succeeded with good offence, great defence, and mistake-free football. That trend continued on Saturday, as the Bombers hung around against the Toronto Argonauts before an explosion in the fourth, earning a 46-29 win.
For most of this afternoon’s game, both sides of the ball looked to be climbing uphill for Winnipeg. The offence was stalling and settling for field goals, while the defence was giving up open throws — and four passing touchdowns — to Argos quarterback Dan LeFevour. Winnipeg’s only touchdown in the first half came on special teams, as Quincy McDuffie electrified the 25,943 in attendance with a 98-yard kick return score.
WINNIPEG — One week after squeaking out a win in the Labour Day Classic, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers returned home and delivered another nail-biting win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Their 17-10 victory came thanks to a key takeaway, followed by an excellent drive anchored by quarterback Matt Nichols.
Following a third quarter where the Bombers were thoroughly roundhoused by the Riders — tallying just 38 yards of offence and giving up an 8-play, 72-yard touchdown drive — the game was tied 10-10 and the Bombers were yielding another red zone drive to Saskatchewan.
WINNIPEG — After a brutal 0-3 start to their home schedule, all it took for the Blue Bombers to turn it around was a couple hours of lightning and some explosive play. After a weather delay pushed their start time back over two hours, Winnipeg finally took to the field well after dark, building a big lead over Hamilton on Wednesday night and finishing the job on Thursday morning for a 37-11 win.