Well, what can you say about a team that averaged an abysmal 9.5 points in its last two outings agains the number 2 and 1 teams respectively, and gave up an average of 36 points! I know: Let's go to the playoffs!!!
First the pessimist's viewpoint on the Calgary game. Pass rush? Invisible, with some guys of their normal positions and other guys banged up, which hung our secondary out to dry. Linebackers. Missing Bighill, back their heels most of the nighttime and not getting to Mitchell or Tate when they rushed the passer. I thought Hoffman-Ellis didn't look out of place in Bighill's spot. Defensive backs? See above. Special teams? Kicked a few field goals but need to be better covering kicks, especially kickoffs. Offense? Clearly we need to eliminate the turnovers, convert in the red zone and protect Glenn better.. How can we have six guys (the O-line plus Lumbala) fail to stop a three man pass rush when we're in perfect position to do so. In the second quarter we throw a deep ball on a first down play that was on the wrong side of the receiver and give up an easy pick and killed our momentum when we were still in the game. We throw another easy pick in the third quarter when Ernest Jackson turns out when he should have turned in. At least we won't have to play another Alberta team again this year, unless these guys somehow manage to shoot the moon and defeat the Als and Ticats in their barns.
Now the optimist's views. The great thing about the post season is that everybody starts at 0-0. That can take a load of pressure off some players and free them up to play better in the post season when it matters the most. If we can get Biggy, Khreem and Alex Bazzie back and get a better effort from Parks, Phillips and Larose, we may have a chance to steal a low scoring game in Montreal. I'm not sue we can beat them in a shootout. Back in July the two teams took turns beating the other guys in their barns, with BC holding a 50-29 overall edge in scoring.
But that was then and this is now. Montreal has, I believe, won eight of their last eleven games and now has Jonathan Crompton at QB, a guy who distributes the ball, makes plays with his feet and runs their offense at a decent level of consistency. BC has lost six of its last ten games and are still missing key playmakers on offense (Lulay, Harris, Taylor, Burnham). Montreal's keys are to establish Duron Carter and SJ Green early and often and keep the crowd in the game by getting off to a good start. The obvious keys for BC are to silence the crowd with a few scores early, avoid turnovers, protect Kevin Glenn better than they did the last two weeks, have another solid outing by St4ephan Logan, get stops against the run and keep Duron Carter out of our endzone (easy to say, tough to do) while keeping the pressure up on Crompton.
We'll see which Lions and Als teams shows up in Montreal. Maybe some poutine, smoked deli meats and those beautiful Montreal women is what they need to get their collective mojo back, after getting shelled 72-19 in Alberta in November.