Should be a hard fought, close game. Esks have some key injuries in Perry and Tucker. Lions will probably be missing Geroy Simon tonight and Kahlil Hill will be taking his place.
When the B.C. Lions battle the Eskimos tonight in Edmonton (TSN and TSNHD 10pm et/7pm pt.) they will be without the league's No. 2 receiver.
Geroy Simon left last Friday's game against Montreal in the fourth quarter with a pulled hamstring and hasn't practiced all week. He travelled with the team to Alberta, but the chances that he could aggravate the injury will most likely keep him on the sidelines.
Taking his place at slotback will be Kahlil Hill, who has been practicing with the first-team offence all week in case Simon wasn't able to go.
"He is a big target and he is fast and he'll burn you," Lions head coach Wally Buono told the Vancouver Sun.
The 29-year-old receiver has only been with the Lions for three practices and is trying to learn the playbook as quickly as possible.
"I don't have to absorb the whole playbook, I just have to absorb the game plan," Hill told the Sun. "It just means a lot of late nights and a lot of early mornings, reading and memorizing. I haven't got too much sleep because I've been studying so much, and I'm here [practice facility] so early studying game film. But it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make. I mean, I could be at home [Phoenix] not playing. So I'm not complaining."
The Lions enter tonight's game tied in the West with the Eskimos at 3-2 and will try and gain some ground on the undefeated Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The banged up Eskimos look to stay undefeated at home tonight, but will be intough against one of the league's top defences.
The Lions, who lead the CFL with 12 interceptions and 15 sacks, are sure to create headaches tonight for Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray, especially Lions free safety Barron Miles, who leads the CFL with four picks.
Ray likes to throw the deep ball and knows Miles will be a threat.
"He's a guy that plays deep, but he recognizes a lot of things that you're doing and jumps a lot of passes," Ray told the Canadian Press.
Miles is excited by the challenge of going up against Ray and the Eskimos tonight and will look to add to his interception total.
"Ricky is throwing the ball deep. That's new," the 36-year-old told the Edmonton Journal. "That's exciting for me. I mean, the ball is in the air. (That gives me) opportunities."
It's going to be tough without Simon but if the Lions can start quickly out of the gate they should win this one. My heart says BC but my head says Edmonton (we always have a tough time in Commonwealth).
Lions win 27-24.