"Yeah, of course you have to think about next year, when you're facing the record that we're facing right now," veteran offensive lineman Glenn January said Friday.
But he says that doesn't mean they're not focused on beating the East-leading Alouettes.
"We still have an opportunity to go out there and secure third place in the East, which may seem like a small thing but it's still something we can hang our hats on."
A win would bump the 5-12 Bombers above the 6-12 Hamilton Tiger-Cats, thanks to the 2-1 edge the Bombers have against the Ticats over the season.
Neither Winnipeg nor Hamilton will make the playoffs. The fourth-place team in the West Division will cross over to take the final spot in the East.
Bombers backup quarterback Alex Brink will get the start. He had one win in three starts when he replaced an injured Buck Pierce earlier this year.
Brink was later replaced by backup Joey Elliott and admits he doesn't think he was given a fair chance. He's anxious to get another chance to show what he can do.
"The biggest thing for me was how frustrated I was by that whole situation, that I never felt like I got a fair shake to develop and show what I could do," he said.
The future of all four of Winnipeg's quarterbacks seems to be on the line now that the decision has been made to keep both general manager Joe Mack and coach Tim Burke. Burke took over in mid-season when Paul LaPolice was sacked.
Burke and Mack say they know Winnipeg's quarterbacking situation has to be resolved. Pierce started only seven games as he battled a foot injury and concussion symptoms for much of the season.
Both Brink and Justin Goltz are expected to get playing time Saturday. Montreal, with first place in the East already locked up, has decided to sit usual starter Anthony Calvillo.
Backup Adrian McPherson will start at quarterback and he's just as anxious as Brink to show what he can do.
Like Brink for the Bombers, McPherson normally handles short-yardage situations for the Alouettes but not much else if Calvillo is healthy.
"It's always tough (sitting) because you want to play the game, but I've learned so much," he said of watching the veteran Calvillo in action. "I tell people all the time I've learned more in the last five years than I've learned since I've been playing football."
McPherson says there won't be much of a change in the Montreal offence just because he's leading it.
"I want to get the ball to the playmakers," he said. "I'm surrounded by a great group of guys."
This is the second time the Bombers have played what was billed as their last game at Canad Inns Stadium.
Their new home, Investors Group Field at the University of Manitoba, failed to open on time this year. That forced them back to Canad Inns Stadium for one more season.Suggest a correction