A BC ‘D’ spells success for the Lions

A BC ‘D’ spells success for the Lions
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A BC ‘D’ spells success for the Lions

The BC Lions laid out a statement win this week in the CFL. Their 30-6 road win over the Blue Bombers was of small consolation next to their West Division Final defat to Winnipeg last year.

But what it does do is send out a message to the rest of the teams in the CFL that the Lions mean business. Last season the Lions were fast starters too. Making it to 3-0 as they have done this time around.

The biggest difference however has been around the nature of the team this season. We were calling it a clash of the Titans as the 3-0 Lions were to face the 4-0 Blue Bombers, at home at BC Place last year. Before that game happened we had noted, ‘they know how to win at home. And that they have plenty of offensive weapons. Not to mention a great D. But most of all we learned that their young Canadian QB, Nathan Rourke looks entirely comfortable in the pro ranks’.

They then got walloped 43-22 at home by Winnipeg. Maybe that ‘D’ wasn’t as strong as we thought it was. This year looks different though.

The BC ‘D’ spells success

Let’s not downplay the successes of the Vernon Adams Jr led Lions Offence. But, at the same time, they say it’s the defence that wins championships. And the BC ‘D’ looks legit right now.

How big were some of the things they achived in holding the Blue Bombers to 6 points at home? Consider the following:

Prior to the this Thursday night game, Winnipeg were 28-2 in their last 30 at their home field, including playoffs, and over that span had gone 17-0 against West Division rivals.

Winnipeg had posted 87 points in their first two games, (averaging 39.0 points on offense) in wins over Hamilton and Saskatchewan. 

In fact, the BC ‘D’ has now given up just 21 points in three games. Including just one TD across 12 quarters of play. And they followed blanking the Elks by shutting the Blue Bombers out in the second half.

Against Winnipeg they recorded 7 sacks and gave up a total of 218 net yards. All of which is made all the more remarkable when you consider they only held the ball slightly longer than their opponents having it for 30:24 of the game.

It is still early

Of course, we are only three games into the season. As the Lions themselves showed last year that doesn’t mean much in the long run.

Plus, it is how the season finishes that matters most. For example, in 2007 BC went 14-3-1 but were one and done in the playoffs.

BC and Winnipeg face each other three times this season. On August the 3rd they will once again face off in Winnipeg. You can bet the Blue Bombers brass have that one circled on their calendars.

Right now however the BC ‘D’ is so dominant that the CFL is on notice. While the Lions fans will be thinking the new look Lions are everything they are looking for in a team. They surely cannot continue to give up 7 points a game across an 18 game season – but it is going to be fun watching it all play out.

Banner Image: A strong BC ‘D’ performance was bolstered by Mathieu Betts who now has four sacks in his last two games. Image from cfl.ca

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