On Saturday night the BC Lions travel to Edmonton to take on the Eskimos. The Lions who are off to another lousy start are going to be facing a hot Eskimo team with an extremely Hot Eskimo quarterback, Ricky Ray. As of the present moment, Ray is a 72 percent passer, four touchdown passes with no interceptions and his team starting out 2-0.
The Lions will be playing with a revamped defensive backfield because of a season ending knee injury to Stanley Franks. They are going to have to move David Hyland to Franks spot and Davis Sanchez will have to move from corner to safety. Sanchez has had a problem with one on one coverage and that might make Ray's eyes light up when he has the ball. Rookie Travis Williams will make his first start at wide-side corner taking Sanchez' spot. In order to stay in the game, this defensive backfield needs to come together and play as a unit.
The defense as a whole has to play better. They need to shake off the messy tacking. Last week against Calgary, Nik Lewis scored a touchdown after two Lions missed tackles. That put them up 28-20. The same goes true on the offensive side, the Lions have got to stop dropping passes.
Wally Buono will probably use Kamau Peterson in the slotback position this game. He had a lot of reps this week in practice. There is a reason the Lions picked him up and now they have to use him.
The offensive line is also being re-configured. Jon Hameister-Reis has an arm injury and might not be able to go on Saturday. Hameister-Reis has been the steadiest of the offensive lineman and his loss would be huge. If he can't go on Saturday, left tackle Ben Archibald will be playing next to left guard, Jesse Newman. These two are very familiar with each other because they played the left side of the line together on the Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders in 2008.
The LIons are off to a 0-2 start and they need to change their direction from south to north.