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Lions vs. Argonauts CFL blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em…

Bighill proves to be unsurmountable

Give credit to the BC Lions Offense, scoring when they needed to, but this clash with Toronto was an all defensive battle of attrition. Coach Stu’s crew stood tall against the Ricky Ray led Argo’s and the Lions defeated the double blue 18-9.

Wins are wins, and all are valuable but the Lions conquered Toronto on their home turf, something that had not been done this year.

Of course this article will highlight the efforts of Defensive Co-ordinator Rich Stubler’s squad but let’s recap with this week’s Love ‘Em and Hate ‘Em.

Love ‘Em

Name Change – Adam Bighill was supposed to be an afterthought.

A depth player last year behind Solomon Elimimian and James Yurichuck. Bighill’s efforts so far this year have people forgetting all about Solly. Named Defesnsive Player of the week, for the second time this year, Bighill is becoming more of an obstacle than his name would suggest.

He recorded his third pick of the season along with 7 tackles and 1 QB sack.

Hot Starter

I love the fact that James Yurichuk doesn’t count his reps but makes his reps count. Making the most of his playing time against TO, Yuri picked off Ricky Ray on the Argo’s first play from scrimmage.

Coupling that statement with 5 tackles, James was named Canadian Player of the Week.

First Impressions

Welcome to the CFL Earnest Jackson.

Making his first start with the Lions, Jackson became one of Travis Lulay‘s prime targets. Reeling in 4 passes for 87 yards, including a 50 yard strike, the longest play for the Lions. With all the nagging injuries falling on the Orange and White receivers it’s nice that Jackson can step up and perform right away.

Double Vision

The Lions D, kept the CFL’s leading rusher in check.. Check and Mate for that matter. Cory Boyd, who started the week atop the rush category was limited to only 8 rushes for 23 yards.

With all eyes focused on shutting down Ray, Lions defenders made sure that Boyd didn’t fall out of their sights.

Earnest Jackson BC

Welcome to the CFL Earnest Jackson

Flood Gates Opening?

In a contest where 2 Linebackers record interceptions, the Leo’s defensive secondary finally get their first of the season. Leave it to Dante Marsh to get the D-Backs on the board.

At least we know he’ll be humble about it, and probably won’t trash talk about the pick much.

Right.

Hopefully his turnover will burst the dam and the INT’s will be plentiful.

Hate ‘Em

It’s no surprise that the Lions D is one of the Leagues best.

Refusing to give up points means more punt return opportunities for Tim Brown. It seems as though this phase of the game has been stalled since the match-up with Hamilton.

Against Toronto, Brown averaged 5.3 yards a return.

The No-Yards rule gives him a 5 yard head start. So what are the other 11 Lions doing?

More Fuel

The Lions offense struck when called upon but they are still plagued with some minor inconsistency. Too many short drives, stalling out when they could be delivering a serious blow.

I am not about to call the Offensive scheme onto the carpet though, the Argonauts have a formidable defense themselves but I, like I’m sure many of the players, get ruffled when a series gets shut down.

This is the CFL and 18 points is a decent quarter, not a 60 minute effort.

Let the Bye week begin, summer vacation is here and two weeks off between games feels like an eternity, it feels even longer when you enter the bye after a loss.

So while the break is a relief the Saskatchewan Roughriders will attempt to slap the Lions back into reality when they meet them at BC Place on August 19th.

Cheers, The Bartender

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