The pressure's on Lions

HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

Tonight's matchup at B.C. Place will be the closest thing to a home postseason game for the Lions this year as they host the Edmonton Eskimos in a winner-advances-to-playoffs showdown.

It'll also be the last ever game the Lions will play under the current B.C. Place dome. After the Olympics, construction on the new retractable roof will begin and the Lions won't be back to the stadium until the summer of 2011, which is the planned completion date.

It's simple, win and they're in. Lose, and the Lions will have to watch the Hamilton-Winnipeg game Sunday and hope for a Blue Bombers' loss, which would put them into the playoffs via crossover standings.

"Both organizations understand the value, both organizations want to settle their own fate, they don't want to have to wait until Sunday to figure out what's going on," said coach Wally Buono.

Casey Printers will again try to win his first as a Lion this season, after coming close the past two games. If the QB throws for 324 yards this week, he'll be the third B.C. pivot this season to pass for over 1,000 yards, which would only be the second time in team history that's happened.

With A.J. Harris rushing for only 26 yards last week, running back Martell Mallett will return after missing the Calgary game with a sprained ankle. He needs 29 rushing yards to become the eighth Lion in history to record 1,200 yards in a single season.

Receiver Geroy Simon, linebacker JoJuan Armour, and defensive back Korey Banks all missed at least a day of practice this week with the flu. However, all three are available for tonight's matchup.

B.C. has Edmonton's number over the past few years, winning eight of the past 10 games between the two. This season, the Lions took both meetings, defeating the Eskimos 40-22 and 34-31 at Commonwealth Stadium.


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