When I look back and recall the way the Lions turned their season around last year and when I looked at the signings during the off season and see the weapons the Lions have on the roster I was very confident in expecting the Lions to dominate the 2012 season. Remember what the Esks did from '78 through '82? I was fully expecting the Lions to roll over the opposition this year but that is not happening. Yes, they are 6 and 2 but I'm looking at the last 3 games the Lions have played. Sure, the Lions won all three games but it is how they won those games. They struggled in Toronto. For three quarters of the game only 2 points separated the two teams at 9 to 11. Scoring only 11 points in three-quarters of a game against a team like Toronto bothers me. Forward to the game against the Roughriders last week. The Lions were almost shut down the first half of the game. Yes, they eventually won but not in convincing fashion. Fast forward to their most recent game. Again, it took the Lions almost a half game to get on the board. That is a lot of offence with nothing to show for it.
Either I'm grossly under estimating the opposition or the Lions offence is not as strong and powerful as I had first thought. The defence has been playing excellent of late but a team only needs to be ahead by one point to win the game. The job of the D is to keep the opposition from running away with the game where it is out of reach. The D is doing a masterful job.....so far.
The Lions O in my opinion is not playing to its potential yet......or is it? Sometimes I get the feeling that the Lions are going to self-destruct and go into a tail spin of consecutive losses. It has happened before. Before the season began I felt the Lions were unbeatable given the roster they put together. In the last 3 games, the Lions could have been beaten by the Argos, The Roughriders and the Bombers. Thankfully they were not.
They have to play better!