This weeks notebook will be a little different, as we don’t know who the BC Lions next opponent will be. Instead of looking at the three keys to the game, we’re going to take a look back at season and then quickly look at what might await the Lions in the playoffs.
First things first. That 43-1 win over Montreal? Huge. The Lions managed to clinch the west and will treat their fans to only home games for the rest of the season. What’s more, it established them as the best team in the CFL, finishing 11-7 after an 0-5 start.
They have a winning record against all of the their western conference opponents, and go into the playoffs high on confidence.
Looking back at the season, its hard to pick one particular game that marks as a turning point.
However, if I had to I would say that the opening of the new stadium in week 14 and the victory over the Eskimos marked a turning point.
It turned Lions from a team coming back from the brink to a team that was riding a wave of momentum all the way to the top. They never looked back after that win, and it was on that night that they first looked like a Grey Cup team.
Looking ahead, the B.C. Lions will play either the Eskimos or the Stampeders on November 20th. The Lions won the season series against both these teams, and both finished with identical records. Whoever wins the semi-final match up, they will be underdogs against the mighty Lions.
Assuming the Lions advance the Grey Cup, it is a bit of a toss up as to who their opponent may be. I’ll look at the next week, and make some more predictions when we know the conference finals match ups.
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