Bent But Not Broken- Bombers D Helps Preserve Victory Over Argos

Joel LefevreAnalyst IAugust 1, 2009

Michael Bishop's debut in the Blue and Gold was a successful one as the Bombers with help from their stingy defence were able to eek out a 13-12 victory over the Argos at the Rogers Center.  Alexis Serna's 48 yard field goal with 4:05 remaining was enough to turn the tide in Winnipeg's favour and improve their record to 2-3.

Coming off four day's of practice with a brand new team Bishop came out flying showing his versatility and mobility early on .  On the day Bishop threw for 213 yards and a touchdown against his former team.  While he appeared to lose his legs late in the game Bishop did enough to help the Bombers go back into the win column.

"I was tired in the second quarter," Bishop said. "It (playing) is different from practice because you can pace yourself whereas during a game you have the clock going, guys are hustling to the line of scrimmage and your mind is just racing.

While the Bombers offence was vastly improved from last week's embarrassment against the boatmen it was the defence that won this game for Winnipeg.  Middle linebacker Barrin Simpson and his teammates were instrumental, causing 7 Toronto turnovers none more crucial than Simpson's fumble recovery with the Argos threatening late in the game. 

"That's our mindset every week, get turnovers and make plays, big plays rather than just force two and out all the time," said Simpson. "A lot of times we were backed up and we came up with big plays and big plays win the game for you."

Afterwards Bombers coach Mike Kelly had nothing but praise for the way the defence played, "The way they play with that grit and determination, I think it's a special unit," Kelly said of his defence. "Those guys are keeping us in games right now."

Terence Edwards had the lone touchdown for the Bombers while Alexis Serna kicked two field goals in the victory.  The Bombers move into a third place tie with the Argos and head to Calgary next week to take on the defending Grey Cup Champions.