Containing Henry Burris a must for Lions defence

QB Henry Burris, who has the Ticats offence clicking, leads his team into Regina this weekend for a...

QB Henry Burris, who has the Ticats offence clicking, leads his team into Regina this weekend for a rematch with the Roughriders. (Reuters)

GUTS MCTAVISH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:54 PM ET

VANCOUVER - Last time a team with a potent offence and questionable defence rolled into BC Place the Lions held Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray to just 215 yards through the air in 39 attempts.

The Argos pivot was hurried, hit and harassed all game long and the offence did what they have done in all five of the Leo's victories this year — score just enough to get the job done.

Enter the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ Henry Burris, who currently leads the CFL in passing yards.

Last season, the 14-year-veteran threw for a career-high 5,367 yards in his first season in Steeltown. Just one game shy of the mid-season mark, the Oklahoma native is on a pace this year to eclipse that total. Simply put, the man averages 300 yards per outing — a mini milestone B.C.'s Travis Lulay has yet to reach in any game.

The real issue Burris faces is a Lions defence still seething from a late collapse in last week’s Montreal miracle — a defence that certainly has shown a penchant for bearing a little more teeth while enjoying their dome-field advantage.

In four home games this year, the Lions have limited the opposition quarterbacks to an average of just 170 passing yards.

If Burris expects to extend his lead atop the CFL passing category he may be in for a shock. Nobody, I mean nobody, plays tougher home defence than the B.C. Lions.

They may not be getting the amount of sacks we're use to seeing, but when you keep quarterbacks to paltry passing numbers you gladly make that trade off any day.

Of course, it all means little if the Lions can't finish strong and secure a home playoff date.


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