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Bombers Cough It Up in 23-10 Loss to Ottawa

Bombers Cough It Up in 23-10 Loss to Ottawa

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers - Ottawa Redblacks
Ottawa Redblacks’ Damaso Munoz (45) and Taylor Reed (44) celebrate Munoz’s sack of Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols (15) during the second half of CFL action in Winnipeg Saturday, October 29, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — Throughout this season, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have feasted off their opponent’s turnovers. When they take the ball away, and do it often, good things tend to happen.

On Saturday, that script flipped. The Bombers coughed up five turnovers against the Ottawa REDBLACKS, with many of their best drives ending prematurely, eventually resulting in a 23-10 loss.

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Turnovers Unravel Jets in 3-0 Heritage Classic Loss to Oilers

Turnovers Unravel Jets in 3-0 Heritage Classic Loss to Oilers

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

Dustin Byfuglien
Winnipeg Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien (33) checks Edmonton Oilers’ Tyler Pitlick (15) into the boards during third period NHL Heritage Classic action, in Winnipeg on Sunday, October 23, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

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.

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NHL Legends Highlight a Busy Heritage Classic Saturday

NHL Legends Highlight a Busy Heritage Classic Saturday

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

NHL Heritage Classic
The Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers alumni faced off in the NHL Heritage Classic Alumni Game at Investors Group Field on Saturday, October 22, 2016. (JOHN GAUDES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — As a dense fog rolled back early Saturday afternoon, both the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets took to the outdoor rink at Investors Group Field for the first time.

The two practices were just part of a busy Heritage Classic Saturday, which played the role of Christmas Eve in Winnipeg – building anticipation for Sunday’s regular season matchup.

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Bombers Withstand Lions Furious Comeback, Win 37-35

Bombers Withstand Lions Furious Comeback, Win 37-35

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

Weston Dressler
Winnipeg Blue Bombers players raise Weston Dressler (7) after he ran around the end zone burning off precious time in the dying seconds of the second half of CFL action against the B.C. Lions in Winnipeg Saturday, October 8, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

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.

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Bombers Slow to Start Again, Fall 40-26 to Eskimos

Bombers Slow to Start Again, Fall 40-26 to Eskimos

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

Bruce Johnson
Edmonton Eskimos’ John White (30) gets wrapped up by Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Bruce Johnson (25) during the first half of CFL action in Winnipeg Friday, September 30, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

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

After Slow Start, Bombers Sink Argonauts 46-29

After Slow Start, Bombers Sink Argonauts 46-29

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers LogoWINNIPEG — 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.

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Key Takeaway Powers Bombers Past Roughriders, 17-10

Key Takeaway Powers Bombers Past Roughriders, 17-10

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

Banjo Bowl - Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Euclid Cummings (94), Gerrard Sheppard (88) and Padric Scott (99) strum the Banjo Bowl after defeating the Saskatchewan Roughriders in CFL action in Winnipeg Saturday, September 10, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers LogoWINNIPEG — 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.

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Bombers Explode After Long Lightning Delay, Beat Tiger-Cats 37-11

Bombers Explode After Long Lightning Delay, Beat Tiger-Cats 37-11

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

Justin Cole
Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Justin Cole (93) celebrates his sack on Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ quarterback Jeremiah Masoli (8) during the first half of CFL action in Winnipeg Wednesday, August 3, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers LogoWINNIPEG —  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.

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