I have to say I was very concerned but if the O line gives Collaros time he is deadly and Oliveira just explodes. On another note, I don’t care if Houston has 5 picks. All of them were easy pickins’. He is the most over rated DB on the team. Lawler was as usual spectacular.
I won’t give him credit for his pick tonite and he got burnt for a TD, but not all of Houston’s picks were easy. In fact the first Bomber pick of the year in the first game against Hamilton was spectacular and probably the best pick in the league so far this year.
The O Line certainly doesn’t appear to be what it was two years ago but it’s still pretty good. They were dominant on their 6 minute plus drive in the 4th quarter last night and also dominant on their 9 minute plus drive in the 4th quarter a few weeks ago.
The bye will certainly help them as you say and help the D and hopefully one or two defensive players will be able to return against BC.
Speaking of byes, in my opinion the CFL has to do better for the sake of competitive fairness. The Bombers for the third year in a row have been unfairly hurt by having to wait too long for their first bye and at least one team has had two byes before they received their first. Unfair to the Bombers early but an advantage in having two byes relatively close to the playoffs. Toronto has had two byes in the first 5 weeks which is ridiculous. The Bombers have to wait until Week 8 for their first bye and last year it was Week 11 in a 21 week season. Toronto has the advantage early over other teams but really have the disadvantage in the long run with only one bye in the last 16 weeks. I don’t expect a perfect schedule where each team has a bye every 6 weeks but certainly the CFL can balance team byes better than they do.
I don’t know the math behind the CFL scheduling problem, but with nine teams each taking three bye weeks that comes to twenty-seven byes in a twenty-one week season. Added to that we fans complain about weeks with only three games. I think the problem might well be more difficult than we want to admit.
Our O-line may not be the powerhouse it was the last few seasons, but they might not be the only factor in that. O-linemen thrive the most when THEY get to do the hitting, not when they’re pass-blocking nearly every down. When our O couldn’t get any rushing yardage early against OTT, they started passing more with less than over-powering results, and the O-line took a beating. When our O got some rushing yardage early in the game against EDM the line caught fire, so to speak, and went back to punishing people.
I noticed that even when Andrew Harris was a Bomber. Early attempts yielded very moderate success overall, but he picked up steam as the game progressed, and his blockers picked up steam right along with him. It seems obvious that good rushing numbers and better blocking as a game progresses go hand-in-hand.
Lol , Lawler was far from spectacular ,The one so called circus catch hit the ground , if Jones had time to challenge it than it would have been overturned , that’s why bombers rushed to the line lol and the “Mighty” bombers would have had ZERO points in the first half against the winless Esks lol , the Winnipeg running never got going until late in the game when Esks , D was exhausted from being on the field to much , where was the running game in the first almost 45 minutes of the game ? Most of the yards running came in final couple of drives , when bombers killed the clock