Lions defence knows its job

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

Expecting the offence to win a game for the Lions so far this season is like asking for consistent weather in Vancouver.

You hope for the best but it always lets you down.

That's why if B.C. hopes to finally snap their four-game skid, they'll need the defence to do it all - put up both points and stops.

The unit was on the right track against Edmonton last Friday, chipping in offensively with an interception return for a touchdown. But they also gave up two passing touchdowns to the Eskimos, including the late winning score from Ricky Ray to Andre Talbot.

The task then this Saturday is for the defence to not only keep the Calgary Stampeders out of the endzone, but to also add to the scoreboard.

It's daunting but doable, says defensive cornerback Davis Sanchez.

"When one part of the team is struggling, it's the job of another part of the team to step up and get scores when the offence isn't putting a lot of points up," Sanchez said. "I think getting points on defence is necessary and special teams getting them good field position is also necessary."

The CFL veteran's pick resulted in B.C.'s defensive touchdown against the Eskimos and Sanchez says the team needs more of those big plays.

"Our defence, we definitely pride ourselves in creating turnovers," he said.

Nickelback Korey Banks agrees the defence has to do their part to help out the struggling offence but it comes down to the entire team to pull out the win.

"We just got to keep giving them momentum," he said. "Families have each other's back. Are we a team or are we going to be individuals? Teams find a way to do it together."


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