Buono brushes off predictions

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:31 AM ET

Although most CFL observers would say the B.C. Lions are once again the team to beat this season, their head coach isn't so sure.

Wally Buono has looked around his division and doesn't believe it would be easy to pick a winner for the upcoming campaign because parity now rules in the league.

"It seems all the teams in the West Division are improved," said the Lions GM and head coach, who is in his sixth season with the club.

"The team to beat is the one leading at Labour Day. Usually, that's a good indicator as to who the best team is.

"The West was fairly balanced last year. Edmonton was a bit behind, but if you look at us, Saskatchewan and Calgary, we were all fairly balanced.

"There wasn't a lot of difference in terms of talent. Sometimes, there are other components in the organization that cause distraction. I don't see that happening. I haven't seen Edmonton yet, but as long as you have Ricky Ray, you have a chance.

"As for us being the team to beat, I wouldn't say that."

Eskimos 37 Roughriders 7

Damien Anderson's 15-yard touchdown reception early in the second quarter proved to be all the offence the Edmonton Eskimos would need, destroying the Saskatchewan Roughriders 37-7 last night in Edmonton.

Edmonton held a 3-0 lead on a 26-yard Noel Prefontaine field goal after the first quarter and added the Anderson touchdown to go ahead 10-0.

Alouettes 19 Bombers 16

Rookie Blue Bombers placekicker Alexis Serna couldn't have asked for a better ending to his first CFL home game.

The 23-year-old booted a 17-yard field goal with one second left to give his team a 19-16 pre-season win over the Montreal Alouettes last night.


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