Esks' case for the defence

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

Defensively, the Edmonton Eskimos are up for the challenge.

And it's quite the challenge.

The B.C. Lions have picked apart every defence they've seen this year on their way to a perfect 11-0 record. On Saturday, the Eskimos host the Lions at Commonwealth Stadium.

"Defensively we want to make them one-dimensional," said Eskimos linebacker A.J. Gass.

"We want to stop the run. They have a very good back in Antonio Warren who can run and receive so he's the double threat.

"If we take him away and force Dave (Dickenson) to beat us with his arm, (we can) get some pressure on him early and hope he gives up a couple of bad balls for us." In their first meeting, Dickenson missed the game with back spasms, opening the door for Casey Printers, who went on to lead the Lions to a 25-19 victory.

Printers is out with a shoulder injury and is not expected to be an issue this time around. However, the Eskimos know they have plenty to concern themselves with in Dickenson.

"Dave is a very special quarterback and he's got a great group of receivers to work with," said Eskimos defensive back Davis Sanchez.

"I've played with Dave before. I just think he has that command of the offence and knows what to do with the football.

"I also think he's a lot more athletic than people give him credit for. He can make people miss. He's tough."


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