VANCOUVER — Some last-minute thoughts before the Bombers and Lions meet in a critical contest with some serious playoff implications for the visitors:
-Interesting to see what kind of impact the return of receiver Terence Jeffers-Harris has to the Bomber offence. This is a club that has lost six games by a TD or less and Jeffers-Harris, early in the season, was the kind of difference maker every attack covets.
-Can Greg Carr top his debut from a week ago? Hard to imagine the Florida State receiver could top the four catches for 185 yards and two TDs in just over a half of work, but the coaching staff wants him to be more precise in his assignments. For as good as he was, we’re told he also messed up on a few routes. Getting that corrected and continuing to make key catches could make him a dangerous threat.
-We’ll be watching closely to see how the Bombers utilize Jonathan Hefney tonight. He’s dressed as the extra defensive back and was lining up as a kickoff returner with Deon Beasley. New coaches, new system is likely the reason he wasn’t inserted directly into the starting lineup. Expect him to push for a regular gig with more practices under his belt.
-Forgotten somewhat amid the hype surrounding the return of Hefney was the injury to cornerback LaVar Glover that means Brandon Stewart will start on the corner against the Lions. Interestingly, last week the Alouettes really went after Beasley early in the game and, discovering quickly that the kid can play, then turned to attacking Glover. Stewart likely has a bullseye on his back.
-The Lions are raving about new defensive tackle Khalif Mitchell, saying he’s one of the best prospects to come across the border in years. He’ll be working against the interior of the Bomber offensive line.
-Lions GM and head coach Wally Buono raved about the Bomber D-line on Friday, saying it’s the best in the league. High praise. Now let’s see if Phillip Hunt, Odell Willis, Doug Brown and Dorian Smith can both keep Travis Lulay contained and shut down the Lions’ ground game.
-Our pick: Winnipeg 33 B.C. 23.