On the whole, it wasn’t near the night of the double lightning delay world’s longest football game that opened the season last year in Winnipeg.At least that one was memorable.Just about everything about this one was forgettable.There was not a lot to like about either squad in what was supposed to be the battle between the top two teams in the CFL West to start the season. The marquee game to open Week 3 was definitely an off-Broadway production, despite the 28-21 score and the fact it wasn’t over until the final minute.The Eskimos scored seven field goals but lost to the Blue Bombers’ four touchdowns.Edmonton ran 78 offensive plays to Winnipeg’s 39. You don’t lose many games with a stat like that.But the Eskimos did.Trevor Harris produced another 348 yards’ passing this night to make it 1,086 for three games, with a 71.9 percent completion record. For the third straight game he didn’t give up an interception. But he also didn’t produce a touchdown.Edmonton had 445 yards’ offence to 283 by Winnipeg.The Eskimos won the time of possession by the ridiculous count of 36:20 to 23:40.Phillip Lolley’s defence registered its 10th and 11th sacks of the season and the offensive line gave up only its first sack of the year,But it wasn’t until the final minute that they had any real field position. And the truth was, despite what the stats say, Jason Maas’s team didn’t play worth a damn.The Eskimos looked like they went on the bye week break before the opening kickoff, if not physically, at least mentally.If there’s one thing you can count on with a Jason Maas-coached club before Labour Day, it’s a plethora of penalties and the Eskimos, who had the most obscene totals of 31 penalties for 283 yards in the first two games, couldn’t wait to run up some more.Five penalties for 55 yards in the first five minutes and 55 seconds, or something close to that to start the game, told the tale in what turned out to be the Winnipeg’s first season-opening win at home since 2015.And the fifth penalty in that sequence kept the drive alive that gave Nic Demski a touchdown and the Bombers a lead they never relinquished.But it was never pretty for the winners.It was 14-3 early but other than a 75-yard touchdown strike to rookie Lucky Whitehead, Matt Nichols couldn’t get much going.After those five penalties for 55 yards early, the Eskimos got their helmets screwed on straight for the rest of the half, although it was one field goal at a time to get within two points 14-12.But back out again the flags started flying again and suddenly it was up to 99 yards again and Eskimos defensive back Josh Johnson was guilty and exposed at the same time, and the Bombers went up 21-12.In the end the Eskimos took 13 penalties for 139 yards.They got away with it the first two weeks. But it bit them in the butt Thursday night in Winnipeg.The thought was that the Edmonton Eskimos, with a win in Winnipeg, had a shot to repeat their 7-0 start to the season in 2017.This team, which started the season with 27 new names on the 46-man roster, now hits their first bye week, returning for a three-week July schedule with away games in Vancouver and Montreal and a home game against Toronto.Last week Maas talked about so many players — 27 of the 46-man roster being new this year — having decided to stay in the neighborhood during bye week to discover Banff, Jasper, the outdoors, and their new city. After that display they might not want to even go out for a pizza.Considering the way they started the season, it was depressing.