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B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay.(QMI AGENCY)
The B.C. Lions are officially at the midseason mark and on pace for a 12-6 record — pretty much on track to finish where most who follow this team closely figured.
It hasn't been pretty at times but at the end of the day the Lions can hang their halfway hat on the fact that every man in that dressing room, especially head coach Mike Benevides, knows they have much more to give.
QB Travis Lulay certainly gave it to the Hamilton defence on Friday to the tune of 359-passing yards, his first post-300-yard performance of the year.
The other side of the ball has had a few forgettable performances, but the Leos, in my mind, still possess a Grey Cup-calibre defence — provided they stay relatively healthy down the stretch.
Their return game has been dangerous of late with Tim Brown. The kick-return specialist has upped his threat level with every game and has put opponents on high alert any time he touches the ball.
There are three facets of the game — offence, defence and special teams.
Benevides has said win two of those battles and you more often than not will get a victory.
As we hit the midseason Labour Day weekend all three facets are showing signs of life — just not at the same time.
This will be the coaches’ biggest challenge heading into the second half in getting each area of the squad to become more consistent.
In the regular season winning two of the three battles is usually good enough to secure a victory.
To win a playoff game, or for that matter a Grey Cup championship, it's imperative that all three areas of the team fire on the same day.
That we've yet to see.