Bo Levi Mitchell and the Calgary Stampeders have been among the league’s best teams throughout his career but after a second straight loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the two-time Most Outstanding Player got straight to the point.
“They are a better football team than we are,” Mitchell said. “That’s what I’ll say at this moment.”
The Bombers came out on top of a 35-28 classic that featured eight lead changes on Saturday night, claiming the season series against Calgary. Undefeated through eight games, Winnipeg is the class of CFL and looks to be pulling ahead of the ultra-competitive West Division.
Mitchell is adamant that this is a temporary state of affairs, however.
“I don’t think they will be at the end of the season,” he predicted. “Hopefully that’s what we are climbing to but if you lose to a team two times in a row, they are better than you. That’s just a fact.”
Mitchell finished 21-of-32 passing for 219 yards in the game and helmed an offence that struggled to find the endzone early, forced to settle for field goals on each of their first four possessions.
He wasn’t taking anything away from the Bombers after the loss, noting on several occasions that the club is well-coached and break down film incredibly well. That didn’t stop him from putting this regular-season matchup into context.
“You don’t win the Gray Cup right now. Y’all can crown them all right now if you want to, but they aren’t going to be Gray Cup Champions today,” Mitchell insisted.
“Do I want to beat them because they are undefeated? Yes. Do I want to beat them because they are the two-time defending Gray Cup Champions? Yes. But this is not my Gray Cup. I’ve beat that team a thousand times. I am not worried about it. I will see them in the playoffs.”
Mitchell won’t have to wait for the playoffs, as the Stampeders will head once again to Winnipeg in Week 12. Though it won’t help them in any potential tie-breaker, Calgary will need a win to build confidence ahead of any potential playoff match.