After the way the Lions dismembered the Als last Saturday in BC Place, fans are looking forward to watching the Lions torpedo the Argos' boat and feast on anything that is still floating on the surface. Of course the likes of Owens, Kachert, Ray, Foley and Rambo may be tough to swallow let alone digest so the Lions had better leave the catnip celebrations for after the game.
The Argos are a much improved football team with Ricky Ray at the helm. Owens has the potential to turn around the teams' fortunes with huge run backs. He is one guy the Lions are going to have to key in on from the opening whistle.
I don't see a blow-out for the Lions this Saturday but the Lions may well roll over the Argos and set the tone early. Last time they met was just over a month ago and the Argos held the Lions to just 11 points for three-quarters of a game. Not good for the Lions. Granted the Lions held Ray and company to just 9 points all game.
What will be different this game? For one thing the Lions' D will have Elimimian playing. This guy can do some serious damage. More importantly, the Lions showed a dominance against the Als that Lions fans have been waiting all season to see. We finally saw it September 8 against a powerhouse team and an outstanding QB. I don't think the blow-out was a fluke or because the Als just cannot win in BC Place. I must say though that the Als did help the Lions cause by wracking up the length of a football field and an half in some 20 penalties.
For the Lions, I think we're looking at a team that is quickly coming together in terms of discipline and execution. There is no question about the talent on the team.
Weak areas for the Lions? Not giving Tim Brown [Lions] a chance to set up to make some decent returns and not giving Lulay sufficient pass rush protection.
Ricky Ray is a smart QB and has the ability to convert 2nd and long by running with the ball himself. In one game a few seasons ago he all but destroyed the Lions by running with the ball himself. He'll do it again if he can but I'm sure Elimimian will have something else to say about that.
It is never easy to predict the outcome of a CFL game but the Argos are going to have to do better than just 9 points if they expect to win the game this Saturday. They will have to do a whole lot better cause I've got this feeling that the Lions have finally put their game together and are playing like they did in the second half of last season.