do or die

Andrew Harris takes pass for good gain, on first offensive play.....
 T. J. Thorpe still forcing his way to the marker....
 Medlock hammers 47 yarder....for 3.
 Hurl finally gets in on blitz....but gases tackle on Durant....
 Durant throws INT straight to Randle on sideline.....giveaway..
 End around to Lankford on 2nd and short....nice gain..
 JFG catches one up the middle.....next play, Nichols....
 ....hits Denmark deep in the end zone for the TD.  10-0.
 Slow starts.....what slow starts?
 Logan busts kickoff return....Lankford makes saving tackle...
 ....that effort turns out to be huge.....because.....
 ....Durant hit/stripped by Moe  Leggett.....Jeffcoat recovers....
 Next series, Durant completes a few.....
 ....and Willy is unsheathed, for short yardage thrust.....
 Hurl is having some struggles out there.....
 Bombers still getting good pressure on Durant....
 Bede short FG gets Als, on the board.....
 Rod Black occasionally interrupting the Nik Lewis Show.....
 ....to bring the fans..... some actual play by play. 
 Blue pass rush still coming.....but pass coverage starting to go.
 Jeffcoat has been a nice addition at DE......
 Couple of passes to Adams, into Montreal territory....
 ....but Thorpe makes his first mistake as Bomber....fumbles..
 ....big turnover.....Als were on the ropes.....
 Bombers O becoming  static and predictable on 2nd downs...
 Medlock getting a lot more practice with the punting......
 Durant has Als moving.....hits Johnson for wide open 40 yd TD...
 Knox having a better game early.....not so much now....
 Montreal tries short snap and run on punt attempt..
 ....snuffed out....turnover......Bombers take it and run.....
 ...or in this case, throw.....TSN signal goes out.....
 have to watch sideline bomb to Adams....
 ....and Nichols hitting JFG for the TD......on replays....17-10
 At least we didn't miss any commercials....
 Bombers take back to back PI calls....but  Als can't punch it in..
 Nichols scrambles twice,  The Fever scrambles some more...
 Pass to Adams....but drive stalls.....in comes Medlock.....
 Out comes Medlock......as MOS is challenging for IC on Denmark...
 ....and gets it.... Bombers throw 2 passes for 6 yards.....11 yd FG.
 What happens to ground and pound in the red zone?
 FD's from Fever, Denmark circus catch, and Harris to set up.....
 ...yup another Medlock FG.  23-13 Blue.... 
 Some sloppy tackling by Blue....lots of holding by Als......
 Durant loops one up to Jackson...who undercuts or pushes off Alexander....
 ...and catches it for 35 yd TD.    Cushion is gone.  
 Bomber drive snuffed out by 19287th hands to face call, this year....
 Knox takes 15 no yards....guy takes more penalties, than makes plays...
 3rd and 3 at 45.....Als go for it....and convert to Thick Nik.....
 You think that Lewis might get some special attention on D?  By now?
 Not enamored with Loffler, tonight.....
 Bombers "almost" making plays on D, at this point.....
 Bede tries 48 yd FG...it bounces in off the post.....23-23.
 Bombers try lateral on KR, then the ole quick kick.....
 ....that leads to crazy exchange of kicks, to get us to overtime....
 Bombers O methodically mix run and pass.......
 ....Denmark caps it, with slant TD catch from Nichols....
 Huge 2 pt covert.....pass to Adams....
 But Durant throws TD pass to Cunningham, past Alexander.....
 .....and they get that 2 pointer over Hurl....
 Some lousy D, in crunch time.....by Bombers tonite....
 ....but they go back to what they do best.....
 ....as Randle jumps pattern to pick off Durant.....takeaway.
 O positions ball for Medlock.    Forget stats....he is not missing this one...
 ....and does not.....36 yd walk off, game winning kick...in overtime.
 34-31.  Not an artistic one...., blown leads in 4th and the overtime...
 But, another road win.  5th win in a row.  Closing in on first.
 .....could go on with this particular theme....all nite.
 .....could go on with this particular gin.....all nite
Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so."

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

wolverine29

Game started out looking like a potential Bombers romp though, then the Als D stiffened, allowing them to catch up and make a game of it.  That game last week for the Als vs the Argos was an aberration though, Als are a better team and they played like it last night.  However, the way the confidence the Bombers have when it's tight and the ability to make the plays when needed was really noticeable.  For instance, when pinned deep in their zone in the fourth, Bombers were able to take 6 minutes off the board and drive for a field goal which was huge as the momentum had shifted to Montreal at that point.  Alexander looked beat late by I think it was Ernest Jackson, but was able to close the gap and get a hand on the ball, taking away a potential winning TD.  Randle with the pick in the 2nd OT session to essentially seal a win. 

A few thoughts:
  • many said the Bombers D wouldn't be able to put up the kind of turnover numbers as last year, and they probably won't, but still quite effective at taking the ball away and the team this year is doing a solid job converting those takeaways into points
  • Man has Adams blossomed.  He's making a dynamic contested catch for a big play at least once or twice a game and for the most part has delivered. 
  • Denmark though, has nearly disappeared.  A nice one handed grab late in the game, had the early TD catch, but also a couple of drops.  I expected more from him this year, especially with the way he and Nichols connected last season.  I figured Thorpe was guaranteed to sit once Dressler got healthy, now I wonder if Denmark doesn't sit a few games.
  • I would still like to see this team convert more in the red zone, especially in the first half.  Perhaps Medlock is too much a security blanket and the urgency isn't there early enough. 
  • Our D is still too inconsistent.  We still have a hole in the secondary and their tackling on the RBs and the QBs last night left a lot to be desired.
  • Quite sick of seeing Lewis have another big game against us.  And that leap, I swear it seems like he gets one of those in against the Blue almost every game.  Congrats to him on the record though.
  • don't get what the Als are doing at QB.  Trading away Vernon Adams basically puts all their hopes into Durant and they need him to stay healthy, because at this point I don't think anyone can expect Willy to lead their team after how his career has gone the last couple of years.  Durant was brutal for the Als vs the Argos last week.  While he made big plays last night, his turnovers really helped kill the Als.  Those two picks to Randle especially never should have happened.  As much as he can be an asset, his horrible play vs the Agos and his mistakes last night cost the Als a shot at a couple of wins.  Montreal is not good enough that it can overcome that many mistakes from their QB, especially a veteran QB like Durant.
 


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