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Saturday, September 29, 2018


EDMONTON - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers made a case for the defence and dramatically improved their playoff prospects in the process.

The Bombers (7-7) forced seven turnovers in a convincing 30-3 win over the Edmonton Eskimos (7-7) on Saturday night.

"It felt good, but it is a team effort,'' said Winnipeg defensive back Kevin Fogg, who was responsible for two turnovers. "We were all out there making things happen. When we are all on, that is the type of stuff that can happen.

"We took a step forward in closing out this game as well as we did.''

The Blue Bombers have won two in a row, on the heels of a four-game losing streak. They're now tied with Edmonton for third in the West.

"Our defence was phenomenal, from the jump,'' said Winnipeg quarterback Matt Nichols, who was 16-of-20 passing for 179 yards. "Right off the bat, we blocked a punt and we just kept it rolling from there for the entire game, in all three phases.

"It shows that when we do what we are coached to do that we are a very good football that can beat very good football teams. That's two weeks in a row. Now we just have to sustain it and keep doing what we are doing.''

The Eskimos have lost two straight and four of their last five and appear to be in something of a nose-dive. The team also lost league-leading receiver Duke Williams late in the game to an apparent shoulder injury.

"I don't think anyone was expecting us to get beat 30-3 on our own turf,'' said Eskimos head coach Jason Maas. "We did, and we've got to own it. If we learn from this, which we should, we'll get better. That's what we're aiming for.

"Sometimes, it takes you to get knocked down like this before you rebound and become great.''

The Blue Bombers remain on the road next week, travelling to Ottawa on Friday. The Eskimos are in Saskatchewan to play the Roughriders on Thanksgiving Monday.

(Canadian Press)

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