Friday, July 18, 2008

The GBU: Setting the table

Well, I didn't get the chance to post the recap of last week's B.C. Lions - Winnipeg Blue Bombers game earlier in the week, so I figured I'd save it for now to properly set up tonight's rematch. Here's the GBU breakdown from last week's game in Winnipeg:

Final score: 42-24, B.C.

How I saw it: On TSN.

The Good:

Stefan Logan:
The pint-sized (5'7'', 185 pounds) running back not only filled in for the injured Joe Smith, he did an exceptional job of it, picking up 143 yards on only 18 carries in the CFL's second-best debut performance ever by a running back (the best was Larry Key, way back in 1978). He forced the Bombers to respect the ground attack, opening up passing lanes for the Lions' air attack.

Jarious Jackson: The Lions' quarterback had a fantastic game, going 19 for 24 to pick up 340 yards and 5 aerial touchdowns while only conceding one interception. He also ran twice for 18 yards. As a result, he picked up the CFL's offensive player of the week award. If he continues in this vein of form, the Lions will be formidable opponents this season.

Geroy Simon:
The Lions' star receiver lived up to his billing, making seven catches for an incredible 192 yards and two touchdowns, including one 76-yard catch. He could have padded his stats even further if he hadn't dropped a ball in the end zone.

Javy Glatt:
The B.C. middle linebacker (and SFU product) made six tackles and grabbed two interceptions, earning CFL defensive player of the week honours in the process.

The Bad:
Kevin Glenn:
Pretty much all of the Lions had strong games, but the opposite was true for Winnipeg's star quarterback. He was only 9 for 17 through the air for a meager 86 yards, and was picked off twice.

The Ugly:
Charles Roberts: If Glenn was bad through the air, Winnipeg's running game was even worse. The main culprit was Roberts, usually one of the better running backs in the CFL, who was held to a mere 23 yards rushing on eight attempts.

To watch tonight: Winnipeg will be fired up to get revenge, as well as their first win of the season. A key matchup will be Bombers' middle linebacker Barrin Simpson against Logan: he couldn't stop the ground attack last game, so he'll be fired up to do it now. Also, can Jarious Jackson repeat his virtuoso performance of last week, or will he return to the poor form he showed in the first couple of weeks? It should be a great game.

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