Blue Bomber Report Record: 6–3–0

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Bombers' critical numbers

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Aaron Woods is brought down by Stampeders' Chris Randle, 33, and Matt Walter, 14 Friday night at Investors Group Field. The Blue Bombers lost 37-24.

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Aaron Woods is brought down by Stampeders' Chris Randle, 33, and Matt Walter, 14 Friday night at Investors Group Field. The Blue Bombers lost 37-24. Photo Store

OFFENCE

 

While there was hope on Friday night, slotback Jade Etienne had a breakout night of sorts. He already had 11 catches for 190 yards coming into the game and by early in the second quarter, the Regina native had his first two CFL touchdowns. Both were passes from Justin Goltz, one on the final play of the first quarter from seven yards and then seven more early in the second quarter, giving the Bombers a temporary 14-8 lead.

 

DEFENCE

 

Share it between middle linebacker Henoc Muamba, who had an awfully busy night trying to keep track of Calgary's Jon Cornish, and strong-side linebacker Demond Washington, who was over from his halfback position for this game.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

 

Since few Bombers excelled, Calgary's Rene Paredes in a cake-walk here. He had five field goals to help his team methodically run away from the upstart Bombers. In the process, Parades set a CFL record for consecutive three-pointers. It's 34 and counting.

 

CRITICAL

NUMBERS

2:1

This was Friday's approximate ratio of Calgary offensive yards to Winnipeg offensive yards (482-278). The number was near three-to-one at one point in the second half when the Stamps were charging away from the home team. It's hard to win a game when you're on the short side of such a deficit.

5

With an asterisk (one Calgary penalty), this was the number of Winnipeg two-and-outs in the first half, a hurtful total that eventually proved the canary in the mineshaft for the evening.

9

With Justin Goltz's first CFL start Friday, the number of different Winnipeg starting quarterbacks in the last 11 games against the Stampeders.

8

Number of consecutive losses to the Stampeders, going back to 2009. Three of the losses were very close, three points or less, but Friday's was not one of them.

87

Yards by passing contributed by Calgary power back Jon Cornish. This was a big problem for the Bombers, because Cornish ran them up with six catches at key times. And these were in addition to the 88 yards rushing the Cornish gave his team, also in good chunks. over his 16 carries.

73

Yards rushed by Winnipeg's Chad Simpson, which just doesn't seem like enough if Winnipeg is going to be a winning club.

 

376

Number of passing yards tossed by first-time CFL starter Bo Levi Mitchell of Calgary, clearing getting the best of Winnipeg's first-time starter Justin Goltz, who had 194.

 

FAN-O-METER:

Another below-capacity crowd with 31,567 customers that at times were very quiet. One thing about the old stadium was the concessions were so bad most people went back to their seats after halftime and actually watched the game. Many distractions at the new park to keep folks busy on the concourse when the play on the field isn't to their liking.

 

-- Tim Campbell and Gary Lawless

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 27, 2013 C3

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