Lions lack firepower, lose to Alouettes

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lt has simply become unbearable to watch the B.C. Lions these days, whether it be in person at BC Place, or on TV.

Tonight, the effort was once again lackluster and the offence dried up yet again. Travis Lulay only throwing for just 174 yards, and leading CFL rusher Andrew Harris only garnering 10 yards on the ground on 8 carries, as the Lions lost their second game at home this season. The final score 23-13, dropping the Lions’ record to 3-5.

It seemed the Leos had found their footing out of the gate when Alouettes quarterback Rakeem Cato gift-wrapped a pick-6 to Ryan Phillips, but the momentum shifted rather quickly, and B.C. didn’t generate a single point in the first half excluding the returned INT.

The Alouettes dominated the running game, compiling 251 total yards, giving healthy doses of handoffs to different running backs and wearing out the Lions’ defence.

Meanwhile, Travis Lulay was the Lions’ leading rusher with 12 yards. The offensive line was a flat out disgrace tonight. 

Everything we used to know and love with this team has vanished. The defence has lost their swagger, and the difference between 2011 Travis Lulay and today’s version is very alarming. Lulay is not a threat to go deep, letting defences in on a boring and complex offence, once again, affecting both the result of the game and the amount of fans who will be willing to purchase tickets going forward.

The bye week has finally arrived for the Leos, but head coach Jeff Tedford and company are feeling the heat as the football club will head to Montreal for Labour Day Weekend. Luckily, as the NFL regular season inches closer and closer, possible players who are cut throughout the preseason will have the opportunity to be signed by CFL teams, and the Lions could help to shore up many weaknesses. Let’s hope GM Wally Buono addresses those issues, or he may be shown the door himself.

 

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