Much on the line as Leos, Riders play for playoff advantage 0
Cord Parks of the B.C. Lions swats a pass away from Maurice Price of the Calgary Stampeders in CFL action at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alta. on Friday October 11, 2013. The Stamps won 40-26. (PHOTO LYLE ASPINALL/ QMI AGENCY)
Based on talent and consistency throughout their lineup, lets, for argument sake, give the CFL West Division title to the Calgary Stampeders. That now sets up the biggest game of the season for both the B.C. Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders this Saturday in Regina.
A win for the green and white and they can be assured they'll host the Leos at Mosaic Stadium for the right to try to contain Jon Cornish and the rest of the Stamps in Calgary.
This is the third time in just under a calendar month the Lions have faced the Riders this regular season. You'd think the coaching staff must have a pretty good idea by now of how to stop what really has been a sputtering offence of late.
Last week, in a game they had to have, Saskatchewan only managed to put up 14 points on a bad Edmonton defence. Fortunately for them, their defence limited the Eskies to just nine points.
To beat the Leos, Riders quarterback Darian Durant has to manage the game without mistakes. He once again has the luxury of leaning on his running game and keeping the defence guessing.
Meanwhile, Lions pivot Thomas DeMarco has little to no running game and needs to put up some big error-free numbers in the face of plenty of Rider blitzes. It's a big ask of the second-year pro, yet he somehow completed the feat in Week 13.
If the newly re-acquired running back/kick returner Stephan Logan can suit up this Saturday it could give DeMarco a second outlet in the backfield to help ease the blitz and perhaps give him a little more time to get through all his progressions — something the injured Travis Lulay rarely had the opportunity to do.