Lions top Argos, eliminate Bombers, position themselves for playoffs
Friday’s game between the BC Lions and the Toronto Argonauts was not only the final “Braley Bowl” we’ll ever see (unless the two teams both owned by David Braley meet in this year’s Grey Cup) but also the second-to-last CFL game we could ever see at Toronto’s Rogers Centre.
The 27-25 win for BC gives them their second straight win and puts them in a great position to get back into the playoffs for a date with either the Edmonton Eskimos or the Calgary Stampeders while eliminating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the process. Poor John Fraser...
The third playoff spot in the West is quite simple to figure out really: Montreal needs BC to lose next week while they need to win out to get in. It could happen but Montreal plays an Eskimos team hungry for first place at Commonwealth Stadium on Sunday.
Jonathon Jennings is going to receive most of the credit for BC’s win against Toronto but it’s time we appreciate the turnaround of the Lions defense despite being without the 2014 Most Outstanding Player Solomon Elimimian since early in the season: This defense has reduced its yards per game to an average of 333 but in the last two games against Hamilton and Toronto, the Lions have only given up 611 yards. The fact that they’ve tallied 22 sacks over the past five games, an area where the Lions struggled early on in the season, doesn’t hurt either.
The Lions are home to the CFL’s leading tackler (Adam Bighill), interceptor (Ryan Phillips), and rusher (Andrew Harris). They’ve also got a top-three receiver (Manny Arceneaux) that has over 1,100 yards receiving on the season. It may be hard to take a seven-win team seriously, but Calgary and/or Edmonton are going to have to figure out how to do that very soon because this is a team that could very well surprise the rest of the league on the Road to the Grey Cup.
– written by Travis Currah