The B.C. Lions were oozing with confidence all week despite losing six straight and getting off to their worst start since 1996.
Unfortunately, they forgot to bring that brashness to Friday's game in a 48-35 loss to the Calgary Stampeders at Empire Field. It was the Lions' ninth straight defeat to the Stamps dating back to 2007.
What B.C. did remember to flaunt though was the same bad habits and problems which have plagued them all season long.
The offensive line was once again dreadful, allowing three sacks and gave little time for Casey Printers, who completed just 10 of 26 passes for 191 yards, to work in the pocket.
"It's tough when you got the pressure coming and at times, it was okay, at times, it wasn't," the Lions quarterback said. "We just got to get better."
"It's b-------," said returner Yonus Davis. "I'm very clueless as to how I feel right now. Something needs to just start happening around here."
Discipline was also issue, with the team taking 12 penalties, while both consistency and execution were close to non-existent, with plenty of mindless lapses.
The perfect example of that came in the final two minutes of the first half.
After Emmanuel Arceneaux caught an 18-yard pass from Printers, he fumbled the ball on the ensuing run.
Then when Calgary QB Henry Burris threw a pick to defensive back Stanley Franks his second of the night B.C. failed to make Calgary pay, allowing a sack on Printers before punting the ball away.
The Lions finally made something happen when Printers found Geroy Simon at the one-yard line after a Dante Marsh interception put the offence in good field position.
The completion set up Jamal Robertson's short touchdown run to put them within four points with under 30 seconds left in the quarter.
But with the clock ticking down, it was the defence's turn to play goat.
Safety Tad Crawford was penalized with a careless horse caller tackle, moving Calgary up 15 yards and putting them in field goal range.
And convert they did, after an addition 10-yard gain by Jon Cornish put kicker Rob Maver 37 yards out.
The back-and-forth progress was the best B.C. could muster on yet another night of disappointment at Empire.
Calgary added three more touchdowns in the final half to improve their record to 7-1, while the Lions, who scored twice more late in the game, dropped to 1-7. The Lions head to Montreal to play the Alouettes next week as their quest for just the second victory of the season continues.
Note: Darius Passmore was taken off on a stretcher in the third quarter after crashing into a sideline advertisement display following an incomplete pass attempt. The corner edge of the board looked to have caught him in the throat area. He gave fans a thumbs up while being carted off. No word yet on his condition.