The Winnipeg Blue Bombers found their rhythm after a shaky start, overcoming three first-half turnovers to trounce the Montreal Alouettes 47-17 on Thursday night. The win marked a significant milestone for Winnipeg, as they have now won five straight games, snapping the Alouettes’ four-game winning streak in the process.
With a 47-17 score, the Blue Bombers capitalized on the Alouettes’ missteps, exploiting turnovers in the third quarter to run away with a not-so-close game.
MTL Performance Breakdown
The Montreal Alouettes had a hard time sustaining any offensive momentum against the Bombers. Quarterback Cody Fajardo completed just 14 of 25 passes for 137 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. He fell to a disappointing 0-9 in his CFL career against Zach Collaros-led teams.
The rushing game was relatively quiet, with William Stanback leading the way with 8 carries for 32 yards. In receiving, Austin Mack led with 55 yards, followed by Tyson Philpot with 36 yards.
The Alouettes’ defense did show some spark early on with Tyrell Richards’ interception return for a touchdown. Marc Antoine-Dequoy also had two interceptions, one for a touchdown. Mustafa Johnson led the defensive efforts with seven tackles, but the defensive line was unable to stop the Bombers in the second half.
WPG Performance Breakdown
The Blue Bombers displayed a balanced attack led by QB Zach Collaros, who threw for 240 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions. Brady Oliveira had an outstanding game on the ground, rushing for 119 yards and a touchdown, along with a receiving touchdown.
Receiving was evenly spread, with Nic Demski leading the way with 87 yards and Dalton Schoen catching two touchdowns. This offensive explosion reflects in the CFL scores, putting the Bombers among the top offenses in the league.
Winnipeg’s defense proved resilient, recovering from an early score against them to dominate the second half. Jackson Jeffcoat led with five tackles, while Winston Rose and Deatrick Nichols contributed interceptions. The defense stifled Montreal’s offense, playing a critical role in extending the lead.
This game stands as a statement win for Winnipeg, affirming their position in the CFL standings. Meanwhile, Montreal will have to regroup and analyze what went wrong, especially in the turnover-filled second half.
Both teams are looking forward to their OK Tire Labour Day Weekend games, with the Alouettes hosting the BC Lions, while the Bombers will face the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The outcome of these games will further shape the CFL standings and give fans more to talk about as the season progresses.
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