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BC Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders: Week 15 game balls

Back-to-back losses, season slipping away…

As Mr. Beyonce Knowles once rapped, it was all good just a week ago – except it wasn’t.

It hasn’t been good in the B.C. Lions‘ Den for a couple of weeks, and Friday’s devastating 40-26 loss to the Calgary Stampeders has put the chances of BC hosting a home playoff game into jeopardy.

Couple that loss with an equally disheartening 31-17 setback on home soil to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and the situation becomes even worse.

Fans might be quick to point blame at the defense giving up 71 points in the last two games, but I look the other way. For weeks, the defense has kept the Lions alive, and it’s time to shed light on a problem that’s plagued the team all season long – a lack of offense.

BC simply doesn’t score enough points to contend with Calgary and Saskatchewan, and that’s the reason the Leos are stuck in third place. The last two games have proven that BC’s lack of a running game is absolutely killing the team.The Lions picked up a pathetic 56 yards rushing against the Stamps and only managed 90 against the Riders the week prior.

One of John Cornish’s carries almost gained more yards than the Lions entire team.

The passing game has been mostly fine, but the Lions’ offense has become too predictable. Where on earth has Andrew Harris gone?

Nick Moore earned the offensive game ball against Calgary (Photo: Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press).

Nick Moore earned the offensive game ball against Calgary (Photo: Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press).

Bottom line is, if BC has any hopes of doing anything in the playoffs, they need to do something on the ground.

Friday’s game looks bad on the scoreboard, but really, the defense kept the Lions in the game. Take away the late pick-six by Thomas DeMarco, and the Lions were a touchdown away from winning. When the Stamps have all the better numbers offensively, you have to respect the effort of the defense against Calgary. It could just be a matter of the defense finally breaking down after weeks of being the best unit in the CFL — I guess we’ll see.

Cornish was just too much and the Stamps broke down the Lions’ D with longer drives, whereas BC had way too many two and outs – especially in the first half. Despite the loss, there were a few standouts for the Lions.

Offensive Game Ball – Nick Moore

Nick Moore put in work against the Stamps, going over 100 yards receiving and adding a touchdown. His yards-after-the-catch were especially good, and he had his game face on all day.

I would have liked to see DeMarco keep going to him because he was feeling it tonight.

Defensive Game Ball – Cord Parks

There were a bunch of guys who had solid games, but Parks had the Lions’ biggest play and gave some hope in the fourth quarter with a huge interception.

I liked Adam Bighill‘s game as usual, but it’s hard to give a frontline guy the game ball when Cornish ran roughshod over them all game. I also liked Korey Banks and Dante Marsh in the backfield, who both made big tackles when they had to.

Special Teams Game Ball – Tim Brown

Brown gave the Leos good field position a bunch of times, but unfortunately, the offense couldn’t really take advantage of it too often.

Anytime you can average almost 27 yards per kickoff, it’s a good day for a returner.

Next up for the Lions is another trip to Regina, but this time it could be with Travis Lulay at the helm. Some sort of shakeup is needed, especially if this team has any hopes of hosting a playoff game.

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