B.C. Lions looking to regain confidence at home 0
Hamilton Tiger-Cats running back C.J. Gable (R) avoids a hit from B.C. Lions' Korey Banks during the second half of the Ticats' 37-29 win over the Lions in CFL football action in Guelph, Ontario, September 7, 2013. (REUTERS)
Forget the revenge factor.
Whatever motivation the B.C. Lions will need this Sunday won't come from revisiting what happened the last time they faced the Montreal Alouettes. Instead, what they hope will drive them come kickoff time at BC Place will be remembering the thumping they just received this past weekend at the hands of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
That scar is a bit more fresh and, in a way, provides a stronger incentive.
"Regardless what happened last time with Montreal, for us coming off a loss on the road and coming back home to BC Place, these are always hugely important games for a team," quarterback Travis Lulay said. "We want to re-establish that confidence, that momentum … you have to play good football at home.
"The race is tight and we're in the final stretch of the season here, eight games remaining, and this is a big game for us to climb over a hurdle."
Three weeks ago, when the Leos visited the injury-depleted Als, they were stunned in a last-second loss after leading for most of the game. The nightmare finish was a tough one to swallow, and so is the 37-29 road defeat to the TiCats last weekend.
"It's a new week of work," defensive back Korey Banks said. "We have to move on, it's the right thing to do. You can't worry about this week, that week, you got to worry about the week in front of you.
"It's Montreal time, we can cure everything right now."