Conditions ripe for Lions blowout 0
Tanner Marsh during first half action as the Toronto Argonauts faced off against the Montreal Allouettes tonight at the Air Canada Centre during CFL action in Toronto, Ont. on Tuesday September 3, 2013. (Stan Behal/QMI AGENCY)
Montreal Alouettes rookie quarterback Tanner Marsh came to prominence last month when he shocked the B.C. Lions by throwing a Hail Mary to set up a last-second field goal to steal the game.
But by no means is the Texas native the second coming of Anthony Calvillo. Last week, the 23-year-old pivot was sacked five times by the Toronto Argonauts who held him to under 50% in completions while forcing three interceptions.
Keep in mind despite his winning debut versus the Leos, he finished well under 50% in completions and was intercepted four times.
So is this the week we finally see a decisive Leos win? Allow me to make a case.
Lions QB Travis Lulay is fresh off back-to-back 300-plus-yard games and there's still no better defence in the country when it comes to defending their own turf.
Now factor in how deep that last-second 39-38 loss in Montreal stung.
Still, there are two keys to securing a decisive victory.
Put up points early. Far too often this team has fallen behind and their knee-jerk reaction appears to be abandon the run.
Which brings me to key No. 2. Allow Andrew Harris to be a difference maker. The man needs more touches. When there is zero-run threat it's simply tee-off time on Lulay.
Back in the bye week I ended my column with "Do not bet." It proved to be wise advice.
This week there are just too many factors working in the Lions favour and, at the risk of my own advice, I'd say this team is a great bet to secure their first blowout victory of the year.