All good things must come to an end.
The Calgary Stampeders are the hottest team in the CFL, riding a seven-game winning streak. They haven’t lost at home in 15 games.
So why do I have a bad feeling about a Saturday evening tilt with the BC Lions? It really boils down to one word – injuries.
The number one defence in the league took a major hit last weekend in Edmonton as Junior Turner, Joe Burnett, Tommy Campbell and Jamar Wall all suffered injuries. While Campbell and Wall are able to play against the Lions, this secondary is going to be tested by one of the best receiving cores in the league.
Lions receiver Bryan Burnham enters the game riding a three-game streak of 100-plus yards.
The Manny Show (Manny Arceneaux) has made 23 catches over the last three games; six of those catches going for clutch second-down conversions.
Throw in speedster Chris Williams on the outside and running back Jeremiah Johnson – who leads the league with 11 touchdowns – and I have this bad feeling that the Stamps may have to get involved in a shoot out.
Is the Calgary Stampeder offence up to the challenge?
Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell is coming off one of his weakest games of the season. Rookie of the year receiver, DaVaris Daniels, is on the one-game injured list. Lemar Durant is done for the season and Kamar Jordan is still on the six-game injured list.
The Lions will give extra attention to Marquay McDaniel, as Marken Michel and Reggie Begelton are both unproven commodities.
The BC Lions are fighting for their playoff lives. They are ready to rally around quarterback Jonathan Jennings and after Travis Lulay’s season ending injury – they are even hungrier for a win.
I hope I’m wrong!