Miguel Bujold, its too bad Anglo fans can’t enjoy his articles. Today he has a great piece where he questions what the Lions have done to come in to town and be talked about like favourites when the 2009 Als are one of the best teams ever in the CFL.
To listen to some people since a few days, you'd think it was the 49ers Joe Montana who landed in town. Casey Printers here, thereby Wally Buono, Geroy Simon, Paris Jackson, Ian Smart, a defense fueled the game-key (oops, that's me) ...
So, our birds are they in danger of being surprised? We will re-they shot down in the face in front of more than 50 000 spectators in our stylish stadium / hospital?
Let’s calm down a little while. At last report, this is the Montreal Alouettes have cordoned off the schedule with a record of 15-3 (exactly as you had predicted a journalist, for that matter), not the Lions. In fact, they were not even able to play for an average of .500 (8-10) - and there’s a reason for that.
True, Printers was not the quarterback during the first four months of the season. But it was the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton in 2008, and he has done nothing good against the Alouettes, whose defense is much improved over last year - we will never stop you learn, eh ?
The Alouettes’ defensive players have all said the same thing this week: the first objective is to stop the ground game, their second is to force Printers to remain in his pocket protector - it succeeds because almost all his big plays when it comes out.
Personally, I feel that the offensive line the Lions will do eat the entire defensive front of the Alouettes, and the crowd of approximately 55 000 people (again, at the request of Marc Trestman and his men: the noise is when the defense is on the ground, not the attack). Eat, I told you.
If the unit coordinator Tim Burke does not concede too long to play Simon and other recipients of the Lions - the real threat to my opinion - the partisans on the Pacific coast will talk about the Canucks in the late afternoon afternoon.
Apart from this lapse of two games where she has been guilty, as she had been praised on the left and right throughout the month and then there was no issue more visible, defending Alouettes was exceptional in 2009. And the word is perfectly chosen, she would beat the record for the CFL for the number of points awarded during a season but for this slump. And this is certainly not with 55 000 people who flirt with breaking the vocal cords shouting for her that will change.
There is however one thing that lash. Anthony Calvillo and the attack of birds have often struggled to defend the Lions. But mostly, it was at BC Place, which is of course a slight difference. Tomorrow’s Printers and Lions live the joys of being the visiting team within a dome. What? What? I hear nothing!
Calvillo will enjoy a good time to protection and, especially, will play with more assurance than he has in the past series. He must play as Anthony Calvillo, simply. He is the best quarterback in this league for two years, he did not doubt it.
The game should again be well distributed by Calvillo and Trestman. Ben Cahoon, Jamel Richardson and Kerry Watkins are all capable of being the key player of the match, but this role could well return to Avon Cobourne, which has experienced one of its best halves of the ground during the match season Vancouver (the second). And we all know what he can do by going on.
The Lions finished last against the run and Cobourne is well rested, that’s a combination that seems inviting. The Lions have interest in Jajuan Armor in a big argument, as they say in a stadium near you.
Buono is a great head coach, and there are several dangerous players - in the three phases of the game - from the Lions. But they would perhaps not even the playoffs if the arbitrators did not spoil the show during the match between two teams at BC Place. And this team is going to end a memorable season with the Alouettes?
Prediction: Lions 20, Alouettes 33