Blue Bomber Report Record: 7–11–0

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BOMBERS (5-2) VS. ARGOS (2-4)

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: TSN/CJOB680

Vegas line: The game is a pick 'em.

Notable: The Bombers have made two roster changes, adding offensive lineman Pat Neufeld and wide receiver Brett Carter, while offensive lineman Paul Swiston and defensive lineman Louis Richardson come off. Toronto is missing four receivers; Chad Owens, Andre Durie, Jason Barnes and Anthony Coombs.

SHORT WEEK: The Bombers played Thursday and take to the field tonight just five days later. The players had Friday off, watched film and took part in a walk-through on Saturday, took part in a full practice on Sunday and travelled to Toronto on Monday. For those counting, that's one day of practice.

"Everybody has to do it," said Bombers quarterback Drew Willy. "We watched a lot of film and the coaches tried to rest us. It's a challenge but you have to deal with it."

Coach Mike O'Shea said he didn't spend much time worrying about the short week.

"We won't be using it as an excuse. I spoke to the players about it. I don't remember exactly what I said. But I didn't dwell on it," said O'Shea.


TALE OF THE TAPE: The Argos won their last game, beating the Montreal Alouettes on Aug. 1. The Bombers lost Thursday to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The teams played each other to open the season with Winnipeg taking the victory.

Willy sits first among all CFL quarterbacks in passing yards with 1,965. Willy got the better of future Hall of Famer Ricky Ray in the first outing between the teams, throwing for four touchdowns and just over 300 yards.

Winnipeg is a perfect 3-0 away from Investors Group Field. This will be the first time since Week 2 Toronto meets a team not coming off a bye week.


AGAINST THE ALS: The Argos won 31-5 in Montreal on Aug. 1 by playing their best game of the season. Ray completed 19 of 33 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Maurice Mann led all receivers with five catches for 75 yards. Steve Slaton finished the game with two touchdowns and 100 all-purpose yards. Dwight Anderson and Branden Smith led the defence with five tackles.


MOBILE WILLY: "The most surprising thing about Drew is just how mobile he is. I don't consider him a guy that's maybe going to run for 80, but (look at) the last drive in Hamilton. The first play of the drive he slips, like, three tackles, rolls left and hits Julian (Feoli-Gudino), and then on the third and two, he slips a tackle. His mobility in the pocket is outstanding, and he's hard to sack. I don't think he gets enough credit for his mobility. He's certainly a drop-back passer who is accurate, but his toughness and his mobility is what's moving him up into that elite level."

-- Argos coach Scott Milanovich


SUPER SLATON - Former Houston Texans running back Steve Slaton is beginning to get comfortable in the CFL and had two touchdowns in his last game. Injuries have dogged Slaton this season and he missed the opener against the Bombers. He is averaging 12 yards per catch for the Argos.


TORONTO ROOTS: O'Shea spent a total of 17 seasons with the Argonauts, first as a player and then as a coach. He was named a CFL East Division all-star twice (1999, 2000), a CFL all-star once (1999). O'Shea was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian in 1999 -- the only Argo ever to win the award. In 2006, he became the first Canadian in CFL history to record 1,000 tackles. O'Shea joined the Argonauts coaching staff in 2010, where he spent three seasons as special teams co-ordinator.


RICKY'S REVENGE: "They beat us pretty good in the season opener. We've got a lot of different goals we're trying to shoot for. This win means a lot to us and I'm sure they've got their goals, too," said Ray when asked if his team felt it owed the Bombers a beating.


-- Lawless

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 12, 2014 D3

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