Two teams fighting for their lives in the West Division meet at Commonwealth Stadium on Friday night, as the BC Lions take on the Edmonton Eskimos.
British Columbia Lions (1-3, 2-2 ATS) - The Leos really could have used QB Casey Printers against the Toronto Argonauts last week. Instead, the offense was held to just 20 points in a 24-20 defeat that saw them drop to 1-3 and in danger of being in the gutter in the West Division. QB Travis Lulay, making his first start of the year, threw for 338 yards, but he also tossed a pair of INTs that proved to be costly in the defeat. It is still unknown whether Lulay, Printers, or QB Jarious Jackson will be the man under center when the Lions kick it off at Commonwealth on Friday night or not. Either way, turning the ball over four times simply won't cut it. The defense did force four turnovers and pick up three sacks in a solid effort, but the poor offensive game really crippled any chances BC had of victory. It was Billy Parker's pick of Lulay for a TD that really turned the tide of the game once and for all, as it proved to be the decisive score in the loss.
Edmonton Eskimos (0-4, 1-3 ATS) - This season was supposed to be the year that the Eskimos got back on their feet and challenged for the Grey Cup, which will be played in their own backyard this winter. Little did we know that HC Richie Hall and GM Danny Maciocia would both be fighting for their jobs just one month into the season. The Eskies have been absolutely atrocious this season and could be the worst team in the CFL. Last week, QB Ricky Ray had a nice passing percentage game at 18-of-25 passing, but only throwing for 202 yards and two picks was terrible. Backups Jason Maas and Jared Zabransky didn't do much better, combining to go just 1-for-10. The only real bright spot to the offense was the play of RB Arkee Whitlock. The versatile back ran for 64 yards on 12 carries with a TD and accounted for 26 receiving yards as well. However, the fact that Edmonton fell behind 22-0 early on against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, playing with a backup quarterback, was just too much to overcome.
Edmonton has a lot of problems right now, but so does BC. The Leos know this one is there for the taking, as they have played better so far this year on the road than they have at home. The morale level is incredibly low in Edmonton right now. Look for Hall and Maciocia to get canned not too long after this game is over, as the Lions are set to inch back closer to the .500 mark and essentially already eliminate one team from the playoff chase.
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