The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are on fire. They stand atop the west division with a 9-1 record, and are the first team to lock up a playoff spot. The one loss was against Toronto week two. Winnipeg is showing no sign of the Grey Cup hangover and looks like the same juggernaut from the previous season.
The Offense Is Rolling
Zach Collaros has 2,565 yards passing with 15 touchdowns and only six picks. He’s distributing the ball well and getting everyone involved. Below are the stats of the main pass catchers for the Bombers so far according to the team website:
Kenny Lawler – 48 catches, 785 yards, 16.5 AVG, longest catch of 47 yards, 4 TDs
Nic Demski- 34 catches, 526 yards, 15.5 AVG, longest catch of 54 yards, 3 TDs
Rasheed Bailey – 40 catches, 470 yards, 11.8 AVG, longest catch of 50 yards, 4 Tds
Darvin Adams – 19 catches, 273 yards, 14.4 AVG, longest catch of 51 yards, 3 TDs
Drew Wolitarsky – 22 catches, 269 yards, 12.2 AVG, longest catch of 37 yards, 0 TDs
It’s kind of surprising to see Wolitarsky at the bottom of this list and for him not to have a touchdown yet. Fans should not be to concerned as he can turn it on and Collaros will know to look for him if he really needs a big play. In terms of rushing, there are surprises that it’s Andrew Harris leading the way with 116 carries, 623 yards, 5.4 AVG, and 3 TDs. His longest run so far is 24 yards. Despite the late start to the season, Harris is showing he is still the best back in the game.
The Defense Remains Stout
Willie Jefferson and Jackson Jeffcoat continue to lead the way with seven sacks. Deatrick Nichols and DeAundre Alford both lead the team in picks with three. The defense since giving up 23 week two against the Argos has only given up over 20 points once, that came against Edmonton when they scored 22 on September 18th. Even Cody Fajardo and the Roughriders couldn’t make magic happen against them. They only put up eight and nine points respectively in two meetings while the Bombers cruised to victory scoring 23 and 33 points respectively. This kind of performance from the defense will be critical moving forward and once the playoffs begin. The Bombers continue to surge as they have a favorable schedule coming up to show everyone they are the team to beat.
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