Lions out for blood

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:04 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Carl Kidd isn't one to mince words.

And the loquacious B.C. Lions linebacker yesterday was direct and honest in his assessment of the offensively challenged Argos.

When Kidd and the rest of his defensive teammates watch the Argos, they see a familiar face in quarterback Spergon Wynn and a target in running back Ricky Williams.

"We can't take any team or any player lightly because they all strike fear," Kidd said on the eve of tonight's game at B.C. Place. "We have to stop the run and force them to put the ball in the air."

Williams, as one might expect, was the main topic of conversation after B.C. completed its walk-through.

Williams continues to learn the CFL game, how his offensive line blocks, and is waiting for a breakthrough performance.

"Ricky is a very good back," Kidd said. "He has a red dot on him, a bull's-eye, and we've got to hit him.

"I wanted to hit Spergon when he was here, but back then he was off limits. Now, we can hit him. Spergon can be a good quarterback at times."

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Wynn played for the Lions and started in the team's cross-over playoff game against the Argos in 2003 for an injured Dave Dickenson.

Applying pressure on Wynn and gang-tackling Williams are two of the defensive keys for the Lions, who have a three-game home winning streak on the go.

"You can see on tape how guys get fired up playing against Ricky Williams," Lions head coach Wally Buono said. "I'm sure our guys are fired up as well."

Kidd wasn't kidding when asked about the different mindset playing against a quality player such as Williams.

"When he is on the field, guys are going to step up their game," Kidd said. "He is a great running back who runs downfield, but he's going to get nothing against us."

It remains to be seen what adjustments the Argos have made in the wake of last week's 16-9 loss in Winnipeg, where the Argos gave up as many sacks as they produced first downs -- six. Williams rushed for only 14 yards on eight carries.

"One day Williams is going to bust out and have a great game and hopefully it's not against us," Kidd said.

Defensive end Brent Johnson won't reveal any schemes, but says the Lions will throw different packages at Wynn.

"We just have to get on them early," Johnson said. "Spergon will see a few different things and we'll try to confuse him."


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