The West is set, and the BC Lions are already hard at work preparing to meet the Edmonton Eskimos. The Eskimos should be positive from their last win, they managed to handle the Stampeders quite easily, and their defence was especially impressive in the second half when they only allowed three field goals and a single.
However, they should count themselves lucky that they weren’t down 15-3 in the second quarter. Up 8-3, Stampeders quarterback Drew Tate bizzarely dropped the ball just as he was getting ready to throw it, leading to a Eskimos 77-yard defensive touchdown. The Stampeders were in scoring range, and the 14 point swing likely decided the game. CLICK HERE For BC Lions Stats —>
They face a much stiffer opponent this Sunday, a Lions squad that knows it’s the best team in the CFL and will enjoy only home games as long as they keeps winning. It’s no walkover, but the Lions certainly are the favorites. Having said that, there are a few key areas that will decide the game.
Key to the Game #1 – Harass the Quarterback
During their last meeting, Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray was hurried and sacked by a vicious Lions defense that managed to keep Edmonton’s offense away from the end zone. A stingy Eskimos defense means that the B.C. Lions need to keep Edmonton’s offense from scoring too many points, or else they may find themselves forced to take risk on offense that they don’t want to take.
Key to the Game #2 – Running back Battle
135 > 17. The first number is the all purpose yards put up by the Lions BACK UP running back Jamal Robertson last time these two teams played. He also scored a touchdown. The second number is the number of yards for Eskimos running back Jerome Messam, who only needed another 20 yards to reach 1,000 yards rushing for a season.
Despite that motivation, he couldn’t get it done. The Lions will have their starting running back (Andrew Harris) in action for Sunday’s game, and he should be able to do some damage to the Eskimos if they can’t contain him at the line. If the Lions can dominate with their running back and keep Messam to a similarly low number, they will be in great shape to win this game.
Key to the Game #3 – Force Field Goals, no touchdowns!
After his team’s loss on October 30th, Ricky Ray claimed “against this team you’ve got to score touchdowns.” Lots of the Eskimos drives ended in field goals, and that was the difference in a game decided by only nine points. This is up to the defence, but it also involves the offense being smart enough to extend drives and Buono managing the clock well. If the Lions can force more field goals than touchdowns, they should be in great shape.
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In the Community
The 2011 season marks the sixth year of the Lions Share program. The club invites one local charity to each Lions regular season home game and gives them an opportunity to showcase and fundraise for their respective causes. For more information on this fantastic program, check out the link below:
Bc Lions Host the Edmonton Eskimos Preview – Western Championship
|Nov 20-4:35 PM ET||Record|
|EDM||12-7 (5-4 V)|
|BC||11-7 (6-3 H)|