Final stretch a challenge for Leos 0
B.C. Lions Andrew Harris (33) runs with the ball during CFL action against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg. Friday, September 27/ 2013. (QMI AGENCY)
CFL head coaches know the value in having a balanced offensive attack. Anything less becomes immediately predictable and is that much easier to defend.
Calgary Stampeders quarterback Kevin Glenn has the luxury of both a solid offensive line and a stud in the backfield that can chew up some serious first-down yardage.
When you feature a dominant ‘back like Jon Cornish (on pace for 1,800 yards) the playbook just opens that much wider for Glenn — and he's veteran enough to not only manage that offence but excel in it. The 34-year-old Detroit native is in his 13th season and is currently enjoying the best passer rating of his career.
On the other side of the ball, the B.C. Lions cannot stake the same claim. Their offensive line does no favours for either the quarterback or the running game. And the feature back, Andrew Harris, is starting to show some frustration. In five of the last seven games he's had 10 carries or less.
“There's a lot said about me not hitting the holes as hard, but it's tough when there's not too much space to get there.”
Hardly an endorsement of his offensive line.
The Stampeders, in contrast, are well aware if they can beat the Lions at McMahon Stadium Friday the Western Division title is all but assured.
As for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, they host the lowly Edmonton Eskimos Saturday. Their home stand continues the following week when the Lions, who were fortunate three weeks ago to escape the Prairies with a win, pay a return visit.
After a torrid 8-1 start to the season, the Riders then lost four straight. But with the return of running back Corey Sheets and a win in B.C. last week, the offensive balance has once again been restored in Regina.
While that balance has never left Calgary, it has yet to surface in B.C.
Seems to me the next two weeks will expose exactly who the Lions are and why I believe they're destined for third in the West.