Lions getting hyped for playoffs

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:59 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- To say the B.C. Lions are excited for the playoffs is an understatement.

Judging by the lively atmosphere at the club's practice facility Tuesday, the Lions aren't just pumped for Sunday's semi-final game in Saskatchewan against the Roughriders -- they're also oozing with confidence.

"We're the team to beat right now. I feel like everyone's afraid of us," said defensive lineman Aaron Hunt, who was a big part of the hooting and hollering after their first practice of the week. "Look at us. We're a very potent team right now."

The enthusiasm is not surprising following an eventful weekend for the Lions, which saw them down the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 23-21 before having to anxiously watch the Roughriders eliminate the Edmonton Eskimos. The combination of results, and a strong second half to their season, sprung the Lions into the final West playoff spot.

"Emotions [are] definitely good, but you got to keep it under control," said rookie linebacker Solomon Elimimian. "We're excited to be here. We feel like our mindsets have been the same. It's been a must-win game the past few weeks."

Heading into Regina, B.C. has momentum on their side. They've won three straight -- while the Riders are losers in four of their last five -- and have faced the constant threat of elimination over the final stretch to the campaign.

"We've been in do-or-die mode getting to this point anyhow," said quarterback Travis Lulay, who was instrumental in B.C.'s regular season final victory. "We know anything can happen in the playoffs. It doesn't matter how we got here, I don't think anybody else thinks that either."


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