Lions seeking revenge

DANIEL WILSON, 24 HOURS VANCOUVER

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

Out for revenge, the B.C. Lions travel to Edmonton for their second consecutive date with the Eskimos and if B.C. hopes to gain the tie-breaker over Edmonton, they not only have to defeat the Esks, they have to beat them by 13 or more points.

Last week, the Lions were tamed by the Eskimos, failing to generate anything on either side of the ball. The 27-20 score - in Edmonton's favour - was more flattering to B.C. than the team deserved.

B.C. and Edmonton enter Week 17 in a three-way deadlock - along with Saskatchewan - for second place in the division. All three teams hold 9-6 records and sit behind Calgary, which tops the West with a 10-5 record. To say every game from this point on is a must-win would be an understatement as teams jockey for position and look to avoid being the odd ones out, and who finishes fourth and have to cross over to the East for a divisional final.

Despite the lacklustre team performance, which saw quarterback Buck Pierce replaced by Jarious Jackson midway through the game, Pierce will return to his role behind centre Angus Reid, but could be on a short leash if he can't get things rolling again for the Leos. Last week, Pierce threw for a paltry 90 yards on 10 completions.

Rookie running back Stefan Logan will miss his first action since permanently replacing Joe Smith and becoming a force in B.C.'s ground game. Logan, who is sidelined with a rib injury, will be replaced by Charles Roberts, who will look for much more than the measly five yards he picked up last week against the Eskimos. Before Logan's injury flared up, Roberts was in danger of being the odd man out this week and having to sit out as a scratch.

Earlier in the season, many claimed Lions offensive lineman Rob Murphy wasn't playing his usual aggressive, bordering-on-violent style, but Murphy's recent scuffle last week with Edmonton's Dario Romero not only sets up for a spirited rematch with the Eskies, but also shows that Murphy is in perfect mid-season form. For his role in the dog pile, Murphy was fined, which he is appealing.

Dependable receiver Jason Clermont's injury troubles continue. After finally healing from neck and shoulder issues earlier this month, he has now suffered a knee injury that will keep him off the field tonight. In Clermont's place will be Ryan Grice-Mullen, who will experience his first taste of CFL live action.

The game goes tonight, from Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium. The contest is available on TSN and Talk 1410 AM, with kickoff at 6 p.m.


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