Friday night sees Coach Mike Benevides‘ squad back in the Canadian Prairies on the hunt for consecutive road victories. And much like last week, it will be QB Thomas DeMarco under center for his second career start.
While the B.C. Lions are making a sudden surge to the top of the CFL West division their opponents, the lowly Winnipeg Blue Bombers finds themselves mired in a horrendous 2-10 campaign and dead last in the CFL East. But don’t let their record fool you.
Last week Winnipeg gave up over 20 consecutive points before falling to Edmonton in overtime. No doubt they’ll be licking their wounds and seeking redemption against BC.
For the Bombers, their pressure starts up front with a fast and aggressive defensive line that had four sacks last week and will no doubt be hoping to keep the momentum going.
If Guard Patrick Kabongo isn’t up to the challenge the Leos may play Steve Myddleton at some point tonight.
No doubt though that the true nature of this game will be in the hands of the young QB’s. BC’s DeMarco and Winnipeg’s Max Hall should both be hoping to improve on their previous weeks performances.
BC’s Defense put on a terrific show in the game against Saskatchewan and will be firing on all cylinders against another inexperienced QB, but they only need to remember back to week nine where they were defeated by Montreal’s own rookie pivot Tanner Marsh.
The BC secondary, led by Dante Marsh should just be poised and keep everything in front of them. Which is how they succeeded against the Riders.
Much like Winnipeg, the BC D-Line is coming off a dominant game where they controlled the line of scrimmage. DT Eric Taylor will have his hands full again as he squares off against former Lion and BC native Justin Sorenson.
But lost in all this talk of young quarterbacks and seemingly missing from this entire season is Lions Running Back Andrew Harris.
I predict this will a be break out game for him as the Lions should be in a more ball control game plan.
I just don’t think that the Bombers have an answer for his type of talent.
Other offensive notables: QB Travis Lulay is still out for with a shoulder injury, Buck Pierce will remain as the backup for today against his old team, but he will play if DeMarco is showing limited success. Also out for BC is WR Marco Iannuzzi with a knee injury.
Veteran Paris Jackson will slot in for him.
This game is all about keeping it simple. If Coach Bene can keep his team poised and focused they should have no problems handling a hostile crowd and a weaker opponent.
BC does have a tendency to play down to their level of competition and in a new building still looking for a signature moment, Winnipeg may just pull off a surprising upset at home and the Lions have often struggled away from BC Place
Cheers, The Bartender