August 1, 2019

Quick Hits| TOR 28 WPG 27

Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris (33) runs the ball for a touchdown during first half CFL football action against the Toronto Argonauts, in Toronto on Thursday, August 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

5 Quick Takes on the Bombers 28-27 loss to the Argos Thursday night at BMO Field:

1.  The Bombers week-long jaunt to Southern Ontario has brought them back to the pack with a resounding thud.

Winnipeg dropped its second straight road loss in the Golden Horseshoe, falling 28-27 to the Argos to drop to 5-2. The loss follows last Friday’s loss to Hamilton and the two defeats in six days has exposed some issues that were perhaps glossed over previously in their 5-0 start.

The Argos, meanwhile, picked up their first win of 2019 to get to 1-6. They had been 1-15 in their last 16 games.

2. In a game in which the Bombers jumped out to a 20-0 lead, they then fell asleep as the Argos clawed back to tie the game at 20-20. McLeod Bethel-Thompson hit S.J. Green for an 11-yard score with 10 seconds left for the decisive score. Bethel-Thompson finished 37 of 49 for 343 yards and three TDs.

3.  Andrew Harris was at his workhorse best for the Bombers Thursday night, rushing 15 times for 152 yards and two touchdowns while also pulling in six passes for 45 yards.

4. Matt Nichols finished 21-31 for 169 yards and a TD strike to Chris Matthews in the loss.

5. The Bombers have now completed a five-game stretch against East Division opponents that dated back to their home opening win over Edmonton. The club will now be home for two straight Thursday night games, August 8th vs. Calgary and August 15th vs. the B.C. Lions. It will be part of a five-game run against West Division rivals with the two home games followed by visits to Edmonton and Regina for the Labour Day Classic, and then the Banjo Bowl.
The club will then enjoy the second of its three bye weeks this season.