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Time to consider in the Significant Blue

Time to consider in the Significant Blue

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Perhaps these Winnipeg Blue Bombers are pretty superior right after all.

The Bombers (5-) set the flavour of the month, the B.C. Lions (3-1), in their area with a convincing 43-22 victory Saturday night time in entrance of 17,683 lovers at B.C. Put.

All 3 phases came to engage in for Winnipeg, main to the highway side leaping out to a 24- benefit in the second quarter.

There’s no question about it: the Bombers manufactured a significant statement. They never have to wait very long for a probability to make another a person as they host the Calgary Stampeders (4-) Friday night at IG Industry.

But just before we discuss about Bo Levi Mitchell and Co. coming to town, let us crack down Saturday’s tilt with 5 takeaways.

1. BLUE Include ZING TO OFFENCE

As soon as Marcus Sayles mentioned it, I realized it was going to turn into a significant tale.

Immediately after Friday’s stroll-through at the Lions’ follow facility in Surrey, I asked the defensive again for his viewpoint on the Bombers’ offence and he didn’t maintain back again.

“Appropriate now they glance like they’re a minor vanilla. Their receivers aren’t the exact same,” mentioned Sayles, who was a West Division all-star with the Bombers in 2019 ahead of signing with the Leos in 2021.

“Collaros is out there earning plays, just like he normally does. He’s a excellent player, but he’s operating all over, hunting to scramble to make some plays. As prolonged as we engage in best down defence, do not give up explosion plays, and let our D-line take in, we truly feel like we’ll have just as considerably results like all these other groups.

“They’ve been skating absent by minimal details, so we truly feel like we can beat them very lousy.”

To be fair, almost everything Sayles reported was place on. It was a refreshingly sincere just take and I respect him for it. But it was also a reminder why you so usually hear clichés in the globe of sports. If you’re going to make a statement like that, you have to back it up. And looking at how Sayles finished with a sport-superior 10 tackles, which is in no way a superior stat for a defensive back again, he certainly did not.

Late in the video game, he was visibly pissed off on the sideline and was barking at some teammates sitting on the bench. Fellow DB Loucheiz Purifoy stepped in and led Sayles absent to de-escalate the circumstance.

Difficult evening at the office environment.

The Bombers experienced some entertaining with Sayles’ comment later on, with defensive finish Willie Jefferson declaring his team’s offence looked like a chocolate sundae in opposition to the Lions.

“Regardless of what you want to contact it, we had some sprinkles on there, a very little whipped product, cherry on the top. It just was not vanilla, I can convey to you that,” Jefferson explained.

2. ZACH OUTDUELS ROURKE

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<p>DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS</p><p>Bombers QB Zach Collaros outshined Nathan Rourke by having his best game of the season.</p>&#13

DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN Press

Bombers QB Zach Collaros outshined Nathan Rourke by possessing his ideal match of the season.

Nathan Rourke is the most effective story in the CFL.

The Canadian pivot dominated the very first 3 game titles, primary to him getting named the league’s major performer of the thirty day period of June.

So with Rourke’s elite participate in and the Bombers coming to town on a shorter 7 days, most so-referred to as professionals (this one particular incorporated) thought the Lions had been likely to make a massive statement and choose down the back-to-back again Grey Cup champs.

Not so quickly.

Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros, final year’s Most Outstanding Player, obviously is not prepared to give up the throne as he outshined Rourke by acquiring his ideal sport of the year.

The Lions, led by their stout secondary, have a darn superior defence, but Collaros created them seem foolish. In their three victories, the Lions gave up an common of 244 yards of offence. The Bombers smashed that with 419 total yards.

Collaros may be 33 but he can nonetheless shift all over the pocket and when he does, he’s at his best. The Bombers averaged 17.8 points per activity by four months, but there was no way that was likely to fly in Vancouver versus the Lions and their impressive assault. Rourke absolutely confirmed flashes, specially with his deep ball, but a pair of interceptions did him in. He was also less than pressure for a ton of the evening as Jefferson continuously observed his way into the backfield.

3. AUGUSTINE BOOSTS Operate

I’ve been pounding the desk for months saying the Bombers require to give Johnny Augustine a lot more carries.

Augustine only had a few rushing makes an attempt in the past two online games even with Brady Oliveira’s struggles.

But Week 5 eventually observed the Bombers give Augustine extra of a probability. He led the crew down the area on their 2nd push and had 49 yards on six carries in the initially half. Augustine was held in examine in the next fifty percent, finishing the sport with 12 rushes for 57 yards, but he definitely supplied the Bombers’ rushing assault with a spark.

Oliveira provides one thing to the table, but Augustine is much more unsafe with the ball in his fingers. And Oliveira was reliable versus the Leos as effectively, using seven handoffs for 39 yards. Greg McCrae was also in on the motion as he busted out a 22-property yard.

The Bombers offence is at its ideal when the run game is functioning.

4. THE SCHOEN Show

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<p>DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS</p><p>Receiver Dalton Schoen has cemented himself as the No. 2 target for QB Zach Collaros.</p>&#13

DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN Press

Receiver Dalton Schoen has cemented himself as the No. 2 focus on for QB Zach Collaros.

It’s not straightforward becoming an American to start with-calendar year receiver in the CFL.

It is a tough changeover to make which is why so a lot of go catchers get started out on the apply roster before they get a possibility to participate in.

Evidently not if you are Dalton Schoen. He’s been commencing due to the fact Week 1, and rightfully so, as the 25-yr-previous Kansas State stroll-on already seems to be like a seasoned vet. He’s been producing plays all time, but Saturday saw him acquire a profession-high 10 targets and he built the most of them. Schoen caught 8 balls for 117 yards and two scores.

With Kenny Lawler (Edmonton) and Darvin Adams (Ottawa) no for a longer time in the fold, the Bombers necessary to discover a hidden gem at receiver and it appears to be like like they have that in Schoen. Greg Ellingson is clearly Collaros’ favorite goal, but Schoen has cemented himself as the No. 2 weapon. I nevertheless consider the Nic Demski harm is holding this offence back again, but Schoen’s emergence softens the blow.

5. Excellent/Lousy ON Unique Groups

Now that is how you start off a video game.

Right before some folks could even get their seats, Bombers return expert Janarion Grant was in the conclusion zone soon after taking the opening kickoff 97 yards to the dwelling.

Grant has four punt return touchdowns to his identify, but this was the first time the 3rd-calendar year Bomber went the length on a kickoff. It’s been a while given that Bomberland had noticed a person of these as the team’s previous kick return TD was July 13, 2019 when Blessed Whitehead took a single for 104 yards versus the Toronto Argonauts.

By the way, Whitehead, now with the Lions, was held to two catches for 14 yards against his outdated club.

Grant should’ve experienced two kick return touchdowns as he hit paydirt once again in the next quarter, but a holding penalty spoiled it.

Grant’s dominance led to the Lions carrying out some limited kickoffs down the extend to hold the ball absent from him. By carrying out so, they ended up placing the Bombers in prime industry position with out having to do something.

And now the undesirable.

Marc Liegghio had to skip finally. But closing out the sport with 3 skipped kicks, a change and two area plans, wasn’t rather. Liegghio designed his to start with 3 subject intention makes an attempt on Saturday, including a time-long 46-yarder, to set him at 13-for-13 on the yr, in advance of the wheels fell off.

Could just be a little blip for Liegghio, or, it could be a sign of what is to occur.

taylor.allen@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @TaylorAllen31

Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen
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Eighteen several years old and nevertheless in superior university, Taylor got his start off with the Cost-free Push on June 1, 2011. Properly, form of…

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