A Tough Loss
The B.C. Lions got crushed on Sunday. There’s really no other way to put it. It was ugly, it was sad, and….it’s not the end of the world. As much as this loss hurts, the Lions are still in the playoffs and still look dangerous.
Now the big challenge is going to be securing home field advantage for the playoffs. A win over Edmonton makes that possible, a loss means that they’ll have to play away for at least one game.
The Lions remaining two games are against the best two teams in the league, and they’ll need to bring the ‘A’ game if they want to avoid a skid going into the playoffs.
Key to the Game #1 – Get off to a strong start
The BC Lions will be playing the Eskimos on their home turf, and they need to get the crowd involved. That means lots of early pressure and putting some points on the board in the first quarter. If the Lions can score first, they’ll have a big 12th man advantage when the Eskimos are trying to put their offense together.
However, if they play poorly (Lulay threw an interception on the first drive last time these teams met. That CANNOT happen again) and Edmonton comes out to a quick lead, the crowd and the game could both get ugly, which would be a very sour note coming near the end of an otherwise great season.
Key to the Game #2 – Self Control
And speaking of sour notes, the last time these two teams play there was some controversy when Lions defensive linemen Aaron Hunt accused the Eskimos O-line of playing dirty. Eskimos coach Kavis Reed disagreed and fired back at Hunt, telling him to “Just shut up and play football, period.”
Obviously there is a little bit of bad feeling between these two rivals, which can lead to emotions overcoming common sense on the field. That can’t happen. Teams that take dumb penalties don’t win football games.
A lot of this will come from Wally Buono during the week, he has to get everyone in the right state of mind going into the Lions biggest game of the year so far.
Key to the Game #3 – Leadership
The Lions are coming off of a tough loss. This is a huge game for them, and they all know it. Someone needs to step onto the field and be a leader, whether that means making big plays or keeping everyone focused and confident.
If you had to bet, you’d say that Paul McCallum would be that guy, but don’t rule out Lulay, he’ll be managing a offense that will look to score early and often.
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In the Community
Last night the BC Lions were at Playland’s Fright Nights, where they met with fans who were checking out all of the spooky Halloween attractions. For more details, check out the link below:
|Oct 29-10:00 PM ET||Record|
|EDM||10-6 (5-3 V)|
|BC||9-7 (4-3 H)|