Will the rematch be another shift?
That’s the question Friday night when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers kick off CFL week with a trip to the Edmonton Elks in search of another resounding victory over their West Division rival.
Winnipeg’s 30-3 loss last week seemed somewhat flattering for Edmonton. The Elks’ offense only managed 196 yards and 11 first downs. The Blue Bombers registered three sureties and managed five points to take, including three on downs.
This is nothing new for the Winnipeg defense. The Blue Bombers (8-1) have allowed less than 10 points six times in nine games, more than making up for the occasional inconsistency in the offense.
“Running out of adjectives, but you watch these games, they keep going, don’t you?” Blue Bombers coach Mike O’Shea told the Winnipeg Free Press. “They sure don’t watch each other play. They just go out and play.”
Winnipeg’s offense last week had 207 yards and a touchdown from Zach Collaros, plus 150 yards and two runs in 24 carries from Andrew Harris. However, the Blue Bombers have left plenty of points on the board. There were three missed baskets and one collaros interception in the end zone.
Not that Edmonton (2-6) can do much with the opportunities they’ve got. Veteran quarterback Trevor Harris was hooked after getting 9 of 22 for 87 yards, and Taylor Cornelius was just 6 of 13 for 47 yards with an interception.
Perhaps feeling there was nothing they could do to save the season, the Elks announced earlier this week that Cornelius would start and Harris had moved on to a third string.
“Turn, this is professional football,” Harris told the Edmonton Sun. “If you can’t produce and do what you should be doing, you shouldn’t be there. I never strayed from a game where I was embarrassed. This game was embarrassing. “
– Field level media