Bombers stun Als
MONTREAL—“Don’t worry, be happy” was coach Tim Burke’s message to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this week and the result was the biggest victory of the CFL season for his struggling team.
Third-string quarterback Joey Elliott threw touchdown passes to Terrence Edwards, Chris Matthews, and Rory Kohlert as the Bombers downed the East Division-leading Montreal Alouettes 27-22 yesterday afternoon for their first road win in seven tries this season.
Justin Palardy added a pair of field goals.
“I think the guys played without having a lot of tension in them—they just went out and played,” said Burke.
“Montreal’s one of the best teams in the league and to beat them at home, that tells you that you can beat anybody.
“So we just need to play like that all the time,” he reasoned. “Just be relaxed and go out and have fun and not press.
“We’ve been pressing too hard.”
The Bombers probably will need to run the table in their last four regular-season games, starting Saturday at home against Calgary, to have any chance to reach the playoffs.
They trail third-place Hamilton by two points in the East but also must catch Edmonton—the West’s fourth-place squad who are four points ahead—to prevent a cross-over playoff entry.
Brandon London and back-up quarterback Adrian McPherson scored TDs and Sean Whyte had three field goals for Montreal (8-6), which fumbled the ball away three times and saw quarterback Anthony Calvillo picked off twice.
Montreal, which recovered two more of its own fumbles, dropped a second game in a row after a 41-28 blowout loss in Hamilton.
They will battle the Argonauts for first place in the division in Toronto this Sunday.
Alouettes’ coach Marc Trestman called it “unacceptable at all levels from our football team.”
“Everything trickles down from the preciousness of the football,” he stressed.
“When you don’t take care of the ball, bad things can happen.”
The Bombers, meanwhile, must decide whether to dress Elliott again against the Stampeders. A decision was made late in the week to keep Pierce at home.
Elliott showed he can do the job.
“I hope so,” he said. “You never know.
“All our quarterbacks are ready to go whenever their number’s called,” Elliott added.
“That’s how it’s been all season and we’re going to keep it the same way.”