Why the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are Dominating the CFL Right Now

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โž 114 #Nuggets

Nikola Jokic and Jimmy Butler go head-to-head in Game One of the #NBAFinals. Two of ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ standout players in the entire league this season. The @GeniusSports predictor favors Denver.

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โž 78% #Nuggets

Ball Arena plays host to the @nuggets‘ first ever #NBAFinals appearance. Home advantage and @MiamiHEAT‘s grueling 7-game series with Boston, sees them as favorites. โ›ฐ๏ธ

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๐Ÿ† Tonight: Game One, #NBAFinals
๐Ÿ€ Soon: Round One, #NBADraft

It’s never too early to think about the @NBADraft. With all eyes on Denver, teams at the other end of the league will be hoping a good draft night can turn around their fortunes. ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ

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The Blue Bombers are on a roll! After beating the Edmonton Elks on Friday by a score of 24-10, Winnipeg moves to the top of the leaderboard and have won their seventh game in a row. The reigning Grey Cup holders have started the season just as they finished the last.

Collaros: Leading from behind

A large portion of the Blue Bombersโ€™ success can be attributed to play from their star quarterback, Zach Collaros.

Collaros leads the CFL in passing yards with 1,724, while also being second in passing touchdowns. Additionally, Collaros is not afraid to make big plays, as he is 3rd in the CFL in yards per play.

The two biggest beneficiaries of Collarosโ€™ play are Greg Ellingson and Dalton Schoen. Ellingson played college football at FIU and has played on the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Schoen played his college football at Kansas State before signing with the Blue Bombers. Both Schoen and Ellingson are amongst the top three players in receiving yards in the CFL, combining for 1,021 of Collarosโ€™ 1,724 yards.

Schoen is a fairly new receiver, whereas Ellingson has put together five straight one thousand yard receiving seasons. Ellingson and Schoen are also both in the league’s top four for receiving touchdowns, with Schoen being tied for the league lead.

If the Blue Bombers want to stay strong, theyโ€™ll continue to go to their top receivers.

A well-drilled offense

Another large contributor to the Blue Bombersโ€™ offense is from running back Brady Oliviera. He was drafted in 2019 by the Blue Bombers and has put together a nice season. Thus far he is sixth in rushing yards in the CFL with 258 yards and has also scored a touchdown.

The style in which the Blue Bombers play isnโ€™t as conventional as you would expect, scoring the most points and destroying their opponents. In actuality, the Blue Bombers are one of the more slower-paced teams. They are eighth in yards per games played and seventh in plays per games played. They also are very meticulous moving the ball up the field, only averaging 4.7 yards per play (only the Edmonton Elks being worse).

Even with their overall teamโ€™s statistics being understated, they still manage to put together some electric plays. Just this past week, Collaros connected with Schoen for an 81-yard touchdown to end the first half.

A tough nut to crack in defense

In addition to their strong offense, the Blue Bombersโ€™ defence has proved to be another one of their strengths. Defensive Coordinator Richie Hall has done an incredible job at creating a productive defense, particularly in stopping the run game. Against the run, Winnipeg have allowed just 529 total yards, an average of 75.6 yard per game – the second-fewest in the league. They’re also yet to concede a single rushing touchdown so far. Food for thought for opposing offensive coordinators.

The Blue Bombers have forced the most interceptions and have the second most sacks in the league. Former FIU basketball player Nick Taylor has led the Blue Bombersโ€™ defense with three interceptions while former Baylor Bear and Washington Redskin Willie Jefferson leads the defense with three sacks.

Looking ahead…

The Blue Bombers face a tough test on Saturday, matching up against the Calgary Stampeders. Winnipeg hopes to move to 8-0, to solidify their position as the strongest team in the league. They remain undefeated, but Calgary will be a test. They’ve lost just once, and have an overtime win to their name. If Winnipeg can come through unscathed, we might just be looking at a year of complete CFL domination for the Blue Bombers.

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โž 105 #Heat
โž 114 #Nuggets

Nikola Jokic and Jimmy Butler go head-to-head in Game One of the #NBAFinals. Two of ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ standout players in the entire league this season. The @GeniusSports predictor favors Denver.

#NBA

๐Ÿ€ ๐™’๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™—๐™–๐™—๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ – Game One

โž 22% #Heat
โž 78% #Nuggets

Ball Arena plays host to the @nuggets‘ first ever #NBAFinals appearance. Home advantage and @MiamiHEAT‘s grueling 7-game series with Boston, sees them as favorites. โ›ฐ๏ธ

#NBA

๐Ÿ† Tonight: Game One, #NBAFinals
๐Ÿ€ Soon: Round One, #NBADraft

It’s never too early to think about the @NBADraft. With all eyes on Denver, teams at the other end of the league will be hoping a good draft night can turn around their fortunes. ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ

#NBA
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