B.C. Lions not taking lousy Bombers lightly 0
Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Justin Goltz (R) is tackled by B.C Lions defense Brandon Jordan (C) during the second half of their CFL football game in Vancouver, British Columbia, August 5, 2013. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms)
The short turnaround this week isn't a problem according to the B.C. Lions.
They're also hoping the lowly Winnipeg Blue Bombers won't become one either, come Friday.
Having just played on the road Sunday, the Leos are back at it right away in Manitoba as part of the CFL’s first game of the week — against the league's worst team.
Coming off a tight win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, there are both advantages and disadvantages to playing twice so close together.
"Everybody wants their time to recover and we are a veteran team so some players may have some nagging injuries," defensive back Ryan Phillips said. "At the end of the day, we're only as good as our last game and we want to make sure that we're keeping the momentum going during the stretch.
"This is certainly a vital part of our season … but everyone will be ready come Friday night."
The defence may have put up one of their more complete performances against the Riders — holding them to their fewest point total at home this season.
"We were very physical from start to finish," said Dante Marsh, who tied the club's single-game record with 13 tackles. "We missed a few opportunities out there, but so far this season that was our best effort as far as total team effort.
"This is a marathon, not a sprint and we're going in the right direction at this point."
This week, they will look to limit one of the league's worst offences in Winnipeg. But while the Blue Bombers may average just 20.9 points per game and have just two wins this season, the Lions don't plan on taking them for granted.
"There's a lot of guys that have been with us for a while and I can't recall in the last five years there ever being an easy game," coach Mike Benevides said. "This is a tough, tough team regardless what quarterback has played, regardless where they're playing.
"They're not what their record indicates. We'll have our hands full."