B.C. needs to improve

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:16 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Is it too soon to panic for the inconsistent B.C. Lions?

Having dropped two straight games at Empire Field, quarterback Casey Printers and the Leos are still trying to find their rhythm.

And after witnessing a frustrating 16-12 loss Friday to the Montreal Alouettes, it didn't seem the Lions offence were even on the same beat.

The 1-2 club mustered only one touchdown - a 14-yard pass from Printers to Jamal Robertson late in the first half - and managed to get Paul "Mr. Perfect" McCallum into field goal range just once. Add a safety and that was it for B.C.'s point production.

Printers, who returned from a quad strain suffered one week ago, was unimpressive, completing only 50 per cent of his passes for 253 yards while throwing two interceptions, the latter of which came in the final minute with the Lions desperately needing a touchdown to win. B.C. also failed to make Montreal pay for their 162 penalty yards, including five forward pass interference calls.

Predictable at times, Printers must spread his offence out more, after connecting three or more times with only three different receivers while his counterpart Anthony Calvillo found six players with three or more passes.

It also means utilizing the ground game, one that was virtually non-existent Friday amassing only seven rushing yards and two fumbles (unless you count the 80-yard sprint by the streaker).

The season is young but one has to wonder how many more games the former CFL MVP will get to try and synchronize an offence that can't finish. His next challenge comes this Friday on the road against a 2-1 Argonauts team that has averaged 29.3 points against per game.

The pressure is on for Printers and the offence to get into their groove.


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