Winnipeg Blue Bombers look to rebound against Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Adam Bighill thinks the timing is perfect for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to have a big bounce-back game.The Bombers (9-4) host the CFL-leading Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-3) Friday and can make amends for giving up a 24-point lead in a loss to Montreal last weekend. It was the biggest blown lead in Bombers history.Story continues below

“It doesn’t matter who we play next game, but, honestly, this is going to be a good test for us, coming right back after the Montreal game,” Bighill said Thursday after the star linebacker and his teammates finished their walk-through at IG Field.“We’re excited to do it. They’re a good football team, we’re a good football team and it’s going to be a battle here tomorrow night.”The Bombers were dominating the Alouettes 34-10 late in the second quarter last Saturday and still held a 37-17 lead heading into the fourth. That’s when things unravelled, as Montreal added three more touchdowns and won 38-37 on a convert with six seconds left in the game.READ MORE: Winnipeg Blue Bombers release Chris Humes and add six to practice rosterThe 24-point collapse erased the franchise’s previous mark of 20 points, which came earlier this season when the Bombers blew a 20-point lead in a loss to Toronto.“I think guys did a great job of flushing that (Montreal) game, but also kind of keeping that motivation from losing a tough game like that and pushing us forward into this week and having a great week of preparation,” Bombers quarterback Chris Streveler said.“We definitely learned from the film and had some major things to clean up and hopefully we can do that.”Winnipeg has clinched a playoff spot but has lost two of its past three games. Its 9-4 record is tied with Calgary, but the Bombers hold the top spot in the West Division because of their win over the Stampeders earlier this season.Hamilton has lost only one of its past six games, a 19-18 defeat at the hands of Calgary on Sept. 14.The Bombers and Ticats are tops in the league in two key categories.WATCH: RAW: Blue Bombers Mike O’Shea Media Briefing – Sept. 24