Calgary Stampeders @ BC Lions
Friday, November 7th – 10PM EST
Calgary: 14-3, 1-game losing streak, 478 points for, 331 points against
BC: 9-8, 1-game losing streak, 364 points for, 332 points against
Previous results: Week 11 BC beat Ottawa 7-5.
The Stampeders have remained dominant for the bulk of 2014 but last week Winnipeg showed that the giants can be toppled with consistency. With a deep team in every phase of the game, the Stampeders have won pretty, won ugly, but they have won for most of the season. Defensively, the Stampeders need to keep the pressure up front with their sack-leading defensive line. If BC wants to challenge Calgary’s secondary, it will only be realized by testing the Stampeder run-defence first. Drew Tate is slated to take the helm on offense once again. More reps should result in a strong performance from the Texan gunslinger. Matt Walter will be replacing Jon Cornish as he rests for the post-season. Walter though has been no slouch and needs to be accounted for all on his own.
The BC defence has continued to do its job with Solomon Elimimian now holding a CFL record with a game in hand for tackles. BC needs to be cognizant that an even balance between pass and rush protection is always necessary against a Dickenson led offence. With veteran linebackers and defensive-backs, the Lions shouldn’t have a problem stifling the Stampeders receivers. BC’s offence needs to rebound after last week. The Lions only put 3 points on the board against the Eskimos, and if they want to remain competitive in the post-season, they need to establish a strategy for the juggernauts now.
Calgary has clinched the league lead, and are guaranteed a home game and a bye. BC now sits tied with the Roughriders in 3rd, which means that one of them will crossover to play in the eastern post-season, and one will play against Edmonton in the west. Which is better? You be the judge.
Calgary beats BC at home 30-17.