Lions seeking redemption

HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

Too bad the bye is over because it's going to be a tough two weeks for the B.C. Lions as they take on the Montreal Alouettes back-to-back, starting at B.C. Place tonight (7:30 p.m.).

Despite the Lion's dim 3-5 record, a couple of bright lights -- namely running back Martell Mallett and wide receiver Paris Jackson -- are shining. Mallett is fourth in the CFL with 535 rushing yards, while Jackson is second in receptions with 41.

Rookie Emmanuel Arceneaux was the team's best player last game, recording nine receptions for 158 yards and scoring a 38-yard touchdown.

There's more good news for the Lions against the CFL powerhouse Als; Montreal has not won in B.C. since 2000, a total of eight straight losses. However, the Als defeated the Lions 30-25 the last time these two teams met in August 2008 in Montreal.

Besides sitting atop the CFL with a 7-1 record, the Alouettes have at least one player amongst the top two in passing yards, receiving yards, rushing yards, interceptions, and kicking.

Coach Wally Buono will once again try to join Don Matthews as the CFL's winningest coach with a victory at home. Buono currently has 230 career wins and is 77-38-1 in his seventh season with the Leos.

And Buono is still steamed at the loss to the Blue Bombers.

"What happened last week is old news and we should be talking about this week," said Buono. "If you're not emotionally upset about (what happened against Winnipeg) and if you're not playing with a chip on your shoulder, maybe you are showing that you're a weak individual and you need not be on this team."

Quarterback Jarious Jackson will get the start although Buck Pierce will dress for tonight's game. Pierce, who suffered a concussion against Toronto, probably won't see any action, as he sits in at the third-string spot. Nautyn McKay-Loescher and Ian Smart also return to the team.


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