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Burke insists the answer is yes.
“In my coaching career, I can remember getting slaughtered by teams and we’d turn around and beat them the next time,” he said Friday. “When you get to the professional level, there’s not much difference between the top and the bottom. And anybody can beat anybody on a given week.”
“We’ve got to keep believing in ourselves, relax, like coach Burke said, just go out and play football,” said backup quarterback Joey Elliot, making his second start since Buck Pierce went out with a concussion Sept. 29.
“For Joey, this is a key game for him, because it’s a different game for a quarterback,” said Burke.
Calgary quarterback Kevin Glenn knows Winnipeg well. He played five seasons with the Bombers ending in 2008 and says he knows Calgary can’t take anything for granted, particularly after the win in Montreal.
“They’re playing good football and, like I say, coming off a big win — I think the biggest thing for us to do is start off fast,” he said.
“We’ve got to not let them carry that momentum from the last game into this game. . . . Those guys feed off of turnovers, especially the defence, turnovers and sacks and getting their crowd into it . . . If we can keep their crowd out of it and score early, you know, and make them sit on their hands, they won’t have anything to cheer about.”
But cornerback Johnny Sears says he has faith that they can pick up the slack.
“We know what we’re losing but we also know what we’re gaining in just a team effort,” he said. “Whenever somebody falls, somebody’s got to step in and step up.”
“We know that they’ve got a very high-powered running game. The blockers are very sound and disciplined.”
B.C. held Calgary running back Jon Cornish to 61 yards on the ground last week to defeat Calgary and hold on to sole possession of first place in the West and the league. That left Calgary tied with Saskatchewan in second.
The Stamps are without rookie strong-side linebacker Chris Randle, lost to injury in Vancouver. They will dress quarterback Drew Tate for the game, although coach John Hufnagel says he won’t be throwing any passes.
“He got back early. I just don’t want to rush getting him back on the field,” said the coach and general manager of the Stampeders.
Tate dislocated his shoulder in July and this will mark his first return to the field — even if it’s just on the bench — as No. 3 on the depth chart.
Finally, from the strange but true file, reports out of Calgary note this is the first time since 2008 the Stampeders have looked at the same Bombers quarterback twice in back to back meetings. Although, to be fair, they got a look at all three Bombers backups (only Pierce excepted) who were able to play Sept. 14 during the lopsided loss.