The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will hit a sad point tonight, as they honour their fallen solider, Richard Harris, who just last year was made assistant head coach and has been defensive line coach for the last six years.
Tonight, they will try to do him wonders by honouring him with a win at home and below I will highlight three keys I feel will help bring them victory.
3.) Balance the Game through the Air and On the Ground
If you take a look at the stats so far this season, you will notice that the B.C. Lions have done a poor job containing the running game and have absolutely no answer for the pass. Through the first four games, the Lions have allowed 135 yards on the ground, while giving up another 316 through the air. This is last in both statistical categories.
Winnipeg has a great back in Fred Reid, who if given the opportunities, can run wild on any team. Just take note of August 2009 when Reid rushed for 260 yards, averaging 10 a carry for 26 carries the whole game and two touchdowns.
At the same time, quarterback Buck Pierce has an arsenal of receivers at his disposal, all of which are capable of making any and all catches that Pierce slings their way. Terence Jeffers-Harris currently leads all Bomber receivers with 231 yards, quickly flanked by both Terrence Edwards and Cory Watson.
2.) Keeping Your Emotions in Check
With the sudden passing of Richard Harris hitting the club like a ton of bricks, there’s no question that the players are going to be riled up and emotional and that is okay. The team will need to muster whatever confidence they can and go onto the field, do the man good and get the win.
It won’t be easy, there will be mistakes, but I believe this club is in good hands and that head coach Paul LaPolice will keep his troops grounded and focused. If they can do that and maintain drives, it won’t matter what opposition team they’re facing. Instant win.
1.) Have an Answer for Travis Lulay
One thing that Travis Lulay has done well this season is get out of the pocket and hit receivers. There is no denying that Lulay is a good quarterback and that one day will be among some of the best this league has produced, however, if Winnipeg wants to win, their defense will need to be top notch.
Through four games, Lulay has thrown for over 1,200 yards, second best in the league, however currently holds six touchdowns to five interceptions, several of which were game-changing. The Winnipeg defense to date has amassed seven interceptions and 15 sacks. Contain Lulay, rush his passes and make him think on his feet and they will get to the quarterback.