Nov. 8th, '09
Has anybody out there heard anything new about Jarius Jackson's injured right shoulder? He was supposed to be healthy after five or six weeks; I understand he re-injured his shoulder last week in practice after attempting a long throw. Is he unavailable for sure, like Pierce?
My predictions for next week against Hamilton:
Most if not all of the Lions will be over the flu, so they'll give the Tabbies a much stronger game than we saw against Edmonton on Nov. 6th. Let's hope we can limit Hamilton's run game, the same way Winnipeg's D controlled DeAndre Cobb this week. Hamilton's defense looked impressive against the Bombers. Winnipeg's offence only put up six points. As for Hamilton's offence, Kevin Glenn was forced to run around a lot and threw up two picks. The game only became one-sided after Hamilton's D scored two 'quick sixes", gifts from Michael Bishop. (Memo to Bishop: You didn't learn anything from the first pick you threw. Why?) We'll see if Hamilton's D can put points on the board against the Lions next week.
On offence BC needs to be better at protecting whoever is the QB, and have to open holes for Mallett all game. The key to winning next week is consistently good play up front, on both sides of the ball. Somehow we need to inspire our interior offensive linemen, who couldn't get Buck six inches on the third down play that Pierce was injured on. So Valli, Haji Risoulli and Sorensen have to be better. If Printers or Lulay can get time, they can beat the Hamilton secondary deep.
Like most other games the eastern semi-final will boil down to which team can stop the run, control the clock, limit their mistakes and avoid dumb penalties. If we play like we did against Edmonton, it'll be a laugher by half time. If Printers and Lulay are healthy enough to play we have a decent chance to pull out a win.