Slumping Lions eyeing redemption

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

It's past the point of revenge by now.

Having lost the past eight meetings to Calgary, redemption is the more appropriate approach for the B.C. Lions when they host the Stampeders this Friday at Empire Field.

The Stamps walked off with a 27-22 win when these two teams met at the historic location three weeks ago.

"You have a sense of pride, when you play a team twice over a few weeks, you don't want to lose to them again," said safety Tad Crawford. "We have a six-game losing streak we want to snap and we want to get out of this funk we have just in general against Calgary, there's all this added motivation that's fueling us this week."

Along with the rest of the defence, the 26-year-old will have his hands full Friday with Henry Burris, who threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns in Week 6, and Joffrey Reynolds, who rushed for 67 yards. But Crawford remains positive the club can turn reverse the result from that last meeting.

"There are plays in the first game against [Burris] that we could have had that we need to get this week to change the outcome of the game," said the Toronto native, who is in his first year as a starter with the Lions. "We can help the offence by getting them more opportunities in the game by getting Calgary's offence off the field. It's definitely something we have to do."

Despite not lacking in motivational material, personal rivalry and battles much like the one initiated by Nik Lewis' Twitter updates a few weeks ago should add another push to the Lions game. Korey Banks, who called Lewis an idiot, was involved in that off-field exchange, although it didn't amount to much at game time.

"Revenge, I wouldn't use that," said the outspoken nickelback about the upcoming rematch. "This is your job. It's most people's livelihood. If everybody play their game and worry about their assignments, then we'll win the game."


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