Sun, 05 Dec 2021

Winnipeg can clinch first in West with win vs. B.C. Lions

Field Level Media
23 Oct 2021, 02:19 GMT+10

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers can clinch first place in the CFL West Division with a victory Saturday at home against the B.C. Lions.

The Blue Bombers (9-1) are riding a seven-game winning streak and are 5-0 this season at IG Field. With an eighth straight victory, the defending Grey Cup champs will lock up home-field advantage for the West final on Dec. 5.

The Lions (4-5) have lost their last three games, including a 30-9 setback to Winnipeg on Oct. 1 in Vancouver.

Winnipeg's Zach Collaros threw for a season-high 417 yards and two touchdowns and Kenny Lawler had 12 catches for 205 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with B.C. The Bombers also registered six sacks and limited the Lions to just 16 rushing yards.

Collaros, who leads the CFL with 2,565 passing yards and 15 touchdowns, says there is still room to improve. He has thrown three drive-killing interceptions in the end zone in the last four games.

"You never want to put your team in a bad situation," Collaros told the Winnipeg Sun on Wednesday. "Every week we say, 'Protect the football, win the turnover battle and you're probably going to win the game.' ... I have to do a better job at that."

As for the Lions, they must do a better job across the board to snap out of their current funk.

"We can compete better. There is an energy missing," coach Rick Campbell said after last Saturday's 39-10 loss to Calgary. "We're just going to have to find ways to improve and compete better in games."

Winnipeg can still clinch the West if it falls to B.C. and Saskatchewan (5-4) loses to Calgary (5-5).

Bombers running back Andrew Harris (knee) missed his third straight practice Thursday, while receivers Nic Demski (foot) and Janarion Grant (ankle) and defensive lineman Willie Jefferson (ankle) were full participants.

For the Lions, defensive end J.R. Tavai (knee) has not practiced all week. Defensive backs T.J. Lee (hamstring) and Jalon Edwards-Cooper (groin) were limited participants.

--Field Level Media

--Field Level Media

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