The BC Lions didn’t allow a touchdown Saturday night yet because their offence did nothing after the first 5 minutes of the game, they ended up losing 14-7 to the Calgary Stampeders. Here are my thoughts, From the Couch.
Usually when I do these articles for The Fifth Quarter, I attempt to describe the games from a fans point of view. You could probably take half a dozen of my blogs this year, replace the opponent with Calgary Stampeders, and you would have my view of this game.
It’s become a broken record for the Lions year, as week after week the defence plays a great game, but gets no support from an offence that has so many issues you don’t know where to start. Add to that the loss of Andrew Harris to a serious ankle injury and one has a hard time seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
We are literally talking about the same things on weekly basis and the Lions are what their record shows; a .500 football team. You simply can’t leave your defence on the field for most of the second half and expect to win football games, especially with Jon Cornish pounding the ball and grinding you down.
To Calgary’s credit their defence played just as well. The difference was their offence was doing enough to keep them off the field, while tiring the Lions defence down in the process. The score could have been much worse however, with Drew Tate overthrowing three wide open receivers deep. Cornish simply took the game over giving the Stamps key first downs.
On the first drive of the game the Lions chewed up close to five minutes of clock on a 9 play, 75 yard touchdown drive to open the scoring. But that would be it the rest of the way, and in the third quarter the Lions sputtered mightily.
Stefan Logan brought a missed field goal out of the end zone pinning the Lions deep in their own end and they never recovered field position wise. On the ensuing series they gave up a safety. And the tide had shifted.
With the offence sputtering so badly, and already having lost the promising skills of Bryan Burnham, it seemed like the football gods were striking down upon the Lions and their fans, when Harris went down with his ankle injury with five minutes remaining in the game.
Without Harris the Lions offence becomes even more one-dimensional. Emmanuel Arceneaux is being targeted on every down, because opposing defences aren’t too worried about the rest of the receivers, especially with Courtney Taylor out. Shawn Gore isn’t a factor, and has anyone seen Marco Iannuzzi and Kito Poblah?
The running game will now fall to Logan, but with Harris out it also affects the Lions ratio, which you guessed it, will likely mean more changes to the offensive line. Tim Brown will hopefully return as well, but the Lions may also have to activate Keola Antolin, who impressed in the preseason but has bided his time on the practice roster.
The bottom line is the two players that were supposed to be leaders on your offence are gone in Harris and Travis Lulay, three if you count the contributions of Courtney Taylor.
With another chance to extend their lead over Winnipeg missed and the prospects of going on without Harris looming large, what will change for the Lions? There isn’t anyone out there to bring in. We’re into the final third of the season and the offensive line hasn’t been able to gel and will likely see more changes yet.
Don’t be surprised if next week’s contribution in this space is eerily similar to this one.
What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your comments, and of course we’ll have plenty more to say on this week’s BCLionsDen.ca Pawdcast.