Lions should beat Ottawa in a walk

By Guts McTavish, 24 hours Vancouver

Lions quarterback Travis Lulay needs to be sharp and stay healthy. (REUTERS)

Lions quarterback Travis Lulay needs to be sharp and stay healthy. (REUTERS)

The second half of the B.C. Lions season kicks off this Friday night in the nation’s capital.


If ever there was a guaranteed win, it’s Friday. However, you won’t hear one member of the Lions organization talk about a Redblacks team that has scored an average of just 11 points in their last five games with anything but respect.

You’ll hear players with microphones in their faces talk about how this is a league where anyone can beat anyone. Unless you’re Ottawa.

The obvious goal now is for the Lions to mount a Western Division comeback in the second half while quarterback Travis Lulay familiarizes himself with an offence that has changed quite a bit since he last started a game.

A quick peek at the schedule shows six of the next seven games for the Leos are against lesser opponents. Meaning four games against Eastern Division foes with a combined record of 6-28. It sure helps a bad number look worse when you add Ottawa’s record twice.

The two other games are against a suddenly slumping Winnipeg squad who have lost three of their last four. Their only win since late July was against the equally awful Montreal Alouettes.

It’s like in boxing, when you want a title shot you have to first take out a half-dozen nobodys. Only then can the main event happen.

Enter the expansion Ottawa Redblacks — aka Glass Joe.

Given the prowess of the Lions defence, what are we seriously looking at point-wise for Lulay to leave Ottawa with a win? Seriously, 17 points and this might be a blowout.

After Ottawa, five of the next six games are winnable games before ending the year against two teams they’ve been chasing all season long.

If Lulay can survive this friendly part of the schedule, he will then move up a weight class for the final two tilts of the season as he faces his very own battle of Alberta.

Judging by the way the West has gone, there is absolutely no room for error if the plan is to make a late run for a home playoff date.

Of course, a loss to Ottawa this week and the big question will be, "How's Kevin Glenn's foot?"


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