It's almost scary how similar Lions, Esks offence are

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- It takes one to know one.

It's true on the schoolyard, and when it comes to good offences.

So Wally Buono is expecting some fireworks when the two best passing teams in the Canadian Football League settle their differences tomorrow at B.C. Place.

Edmonton leads the league in passing yards (2,048) and passing majors (14), while B.C. leads in completion percentage (74.9), yards per gain (9.3) and QB rating (117.2).

"The offensive similarities are almost scary," said the B.C. coach and GM.

"You look at Edmonton and B.C., their strengths, their depths and their weapons.

"There's such a similarity that it's almost frightening."

Starting at quarterback.

"You could say the same about Ricky Ray," said Buono, when told Eskimos counterpart Danny Maciocia considers B.C. pivot Dave Dickenson an MVP candidate.

"Here's a guy who was out of the league last year and he's come back and established himself as a dominant player."

The biggest difference between the two offences is on the ground.

The Eskimos aren't nearly as balanced as a B.C. team whose runningback just won player of the week honours.

"Other teams don't have as many weapons as we have," Antonio Warren told the Vancouver Sun. "You can't key on one player."

LATE HITS: The Esks still haven't decided on a course of action (surgery or letting it heal on its own) for receiver Ed Hervey's torn ACL. They're going to monitor it for a little while and see if it answers the question for them.


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