Week 12 / CFL Keys: Toronto Argonauts vs. BC Lions Preview

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BC Lions Head Coach Mike Benevides must feel like Bill Murray’s character in the movie Groundhog Day.  For the third straight week he must prepare to face the top team in the CFL East Division.

Saturday September 15th
Kickoff 4:00
Team Radio
TSN Blackout

With the Lions splitting the two game series with the Alouettes and the Toronto Argonauts on a bit of a tear lately, we now see the Argo’s slotted ahead of Montreal in the league’s other division.

Let’s hope Coach Bene looks to recent history for lessons learned on how to conquer another Beast from the East in this week’s Top Shelf Keys to the Game.

Hanging Chads

Last week the Lion’s Defensive effort was stopping Montreal’s aerial attack, this week the focus shifts to limiting Toronto’s ultra-electric weapon Chad Owens.  Owens is ranked 2nd in league receiving and is the CFL’s top return man.  The Lions, however, will not have to deal with Argo’s top rusher Chad Kackert, who will be sidelined with an injury.

Toronto will hand the ball off to untested Rookie Gerald Riggs Jr.

First Blood

With a limited backfield, TO’s offence will be centered around the throwing arm of QB Ricky Ray.  He will look to Owens at one Slot Back and former Stampeder All-Star, Ken-Yon Rambo, at the other.  After being dismissed by Calgary, Rambo has found a comfortable new home in the center of the universe.

This will be a tough test for Cauchy Muamba and the Lions defensive secondary as they get their first look at Rambo in his new colours.

9 Lives

Keron Williams burst out of the gates with 6 sacks in his first 6 games but in the last 5 he has only tallied 1.  He has been a disruptive force but the time has come to get up close and personal with rival QB’s.

No better time than this week as Ray will need to be knocked off his game and hopefully out of his shoes.

Toronto vs. BC

This week the focus shifts to limiting Toronto’s weapons…

Williams is still the CFL’s top dog in QB takedowns and he must add to that lead to increase BC’s chance of victory.

Fully Loaded

Both Geroy Simon and Kierrie Johnson are set to return to the Lions line-up against the Double-Blue.  This will be the first time in a long time that Lions QB Travis Lulay will have all of his top targets available.

Couple that with the O-line finally gelling and the rest of the O brimming with confidence, after posting 43 points in their last outing.

This could be some scary Offensive output day.

Jump Start

After a mid-season droll Lions Kick Returner Tim Brown looks to have had a complete battery recharge.  Coming off back-to-back games where he posted explosive returns, Brown and the rest of the return crew can set the table for Lulay by continuing this upward trend of solid returns.

After coming close against Montreal, Brown looks like he’s about to spring a return for a major this week-end. 

Quick Shots

  • Ernest Jackson will still start over Kierrie Johnson at Wide Receiver.
  • Lion’s fans will hope for a blowout so we can see former Leo, Jarious Jackson.  Ricky Ray’s back-up.
  • BC fans will enjoy seeing local kid and SFU product Spencer Watt suit up for the Boatmen.
  • Lions have re-acquired LB Solomon Elimimian but he will not play this week.
  • The dome will be open for this afternoon affair.
  • The Braley Bowl will go on even though owner of both clubs, David Braley, will remain in Ontario.

Last Call

Once again the Lions will have to face off against a formidable opponent from the Eastern Time Zone, but the Double Blue show up a little black and blue after a hard fought war with Hamilton, and will be without their best Running Back. 

Not to let up though as the Orange-clad defenders will have their hands full as Ricky Ray will look for payback stemming from an 18-9 loss to the Lions in August.

So arrive early and don’t miss the opening kickoff, as kick returners for both clubs are capable of touching pay-dirt.

Cheers, The Bartender


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