Three keys to victory

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

1. AVOID TURNOVERS -- The story all season for the Stampeders has surrounded untimely interceptions and fumbles. The team turned the ball over four times in losing 43-20 in their first meeting with the Lions.

2. RED ZONE SUCCESS -- Although the red zone had been an area of improvement in recent games, the Stamps struggled again in losing to the Toronto Argos last week. The key gaffe was QB Henry Burris' red-zone interception thrown to Toronto lineman Eric England, who scored on the play.

3. LIMIT GEROY-- Slotback Geroy Simon has shredded defences this season and has the inside track for most outstanding player honours. He enjoyed a 103-yard night on six receptions in Game 1. He is the CFL's offensive player of the week for his game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats when he made six catches for 132 yards.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

The Stamps face the Lions in back-to-back contests that will determine first place in the CFL West. The Stamps enjoy an 85-65-4-1 record all-time against the Lions but have lost four straight regular-season games to B.C. dating back to 2004. The teams last met July 21 at McMahon when the Lions handed the Stamps one of their worst losses of the season, 43-20, Calgary's only defeat on home turf this season.

KEY STAT:

1,554 YARDS -- Lions receiver Geroy Simon leads the CFL with 1,554 yards, a whopping 350 yards better than Winnipeg's Milt Stegall. His 18.5-yard average is also best among the league's top pass catchers.

KEY MATCHUP:

JOE SMITH VS. STAMPS D -- The first-year Lions running back piled up 138 yards rushing and three TDs, including a 66-yarder for a score, in the first meeting. Smith is the only back this season to have a dominant performance against Calgary's formidable 3-4 defence. His 5.6-yard average is among the best in the CFL.


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