If you didn't know the final score, and took a glance at the box score of last week's Bombers vs. Lions matchup, you couldn't possibly have envisioned a 53-17 final outcome.
The Lions only had 289 yards of net offence to Winnipeg's 251, and the Bombers actually had an edge in passing yards, 228-202. So how did the Lions wind up winning by the lopsided score of 53-17?
Take a look at the line at the bottom of the CFL's team stats, and you will get your answer. The Blue Bombers committed the staggering total of 7 turnovers, three of which were turned directly into BC touchdowns.
First it was Adam Bighill on the opening offensive play of the game, which was then followed by a Cord Parks interception and a fumble recovery that he took for a touchdown.
Then, veteran Dante Marsh got in on the party, returning an interception 80 yards for the touchdown.
Three other Winnipeg turnovers deep in their own end resulted in the Lions adding another 13 points, making it a grand total of 34 BC points off turnovers. That's how a team rolls up a 53-17 final score.
Nothing can change the momentum and flow of a football game like turnovers, and of all the problems the Blue Bombers have encountered in this entirely forgettable season, the giveaways have been the most damaging.
The Bombers lead the league in turnovers with 49 (Calgary, in contrast, has 20). Winnipeg has been intercepted the most times, 22, they have fumbled the most times, 19, and they have lost the ball on downs the most times 8.
They are a stunning minus-26 on the takeaway-giveaway scale. The next worst team is Hamilton at minus-13. The one thing the Bombers have been consistent at this season is giving the ball away. In their last 10 games, they have committed at least 3 turnovers in each game.
On the bright side, quarterback Max Hall has given the Blue Bomber offence a bit of a spark with his work in recent games.
Hall has thrown four touchdown passes in his four starts, but he has also thrown seven interceptions. Seems like the turnover bug in Winnipeg is contagious. Hall will start at quarterback again on Saturday when the Bombers visit the Calgary Stampeders (plus-18 in the turnover category).
It appears, on paper, to be one of the biggest mismatches in recent CFL history. And if the Bombers have any hope of staying close to the Stamps, they will have to find a cure for their charitable ways.
As head coach Tim Burke so succinctly put it this week "Turnovers are killing us."
Amen to that.
Bob Irving has covered the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for CJOB Radio in Winnipeg since 1973. Bob is the Sports Director at CJOB and is in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, reporters division. Follow Bob on Twitter @BobIrvingCJOB