How do they match up?

Edmonton Eskimos offensive linemen Dan Comiskey, left, and Bruce Beaton clown around during team...

Edmonton Eskimos offensive linemen Dan Comiskey, left, and Bruce Beaton clown around during team practice Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005. (Edmonton Sun/Darryl Dyck)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

Everywhere you turn, there are storylines and matchups.

Up and down the rosters for Sunday's CFL West final in Vancouver there are names that practically jump off the page.

Although the quarterbacks for the Edmonton Eskimos and B.C. Lions have taken the majority of ink and airtime this week with the media, they are involved in just one of many key showdowns on the B.C. Place turf.

Lions running back Antonio Warren has run over the Eskimos' top-ranked run defence this year. Can he do the same Sunday?

Troy Davis has feasted on the Lions this season. His best game of the year came at the expense of the Lions. Will he continue to have success?

Who will win the battle between Jason Tucker (the league's leading receiver) and all-star calibre DB Mark Washington?

Here are the matchups to closely watch come kickoff at 4 p.m. Sunday.

ANTONIO WARREN VS. EDMONTON'S FRONT SEVEN

Only one running back -- Davis, when he was with the Tiger-Cats -- has had more success against the Eskimos in 2005.

Warren put up 91 yards in early August, the second-highest rushing total versus the Green and Gold.

To prove it wasn't a fluke, Warren put up nearly 80 more yards in his last visit.

And after watching the Calgary Stampeders embarrass the Esks during the first half of the West semi-final, Warren will be fed the ball early and often Sunday.

"I expect them to establish their running game before anything else," said defensive end Joe Montford.

"They have an exceptional run game package where they do a lot of trapping and misdirection situations.

"The inside (defensive) guys get penetration and the feel like they are free and about to make the play and all of a sudden a small back or receiver knocks them off their feet and then (another) guy comes right behind him and runs the ball.

"And Warren hits the hole hard."

TROY DAVIS VS. B.C.'S FRONT SEVEN

Davis steamrolled to 119 yards in a Hamilton uniform against B.C. in July, posting a ridiculous 7.4-yard average.

In three games this year against the Leos, he's averaging almost six yards per carry.

Jason Tucker vs. Mark Washington

After seeing a steady diet of zone coverage against a stubborn Stampeder defence, Tucker should see more one-on-one coverage.

"I know for Tuck, if you play man-to-man against him, he is going to have a ball," said Edmonton receiver Trevor Gaylor.

"I know he is looking forward to seeing it."

But Washington will be standing right in his face across the line of scrimmage.

"It is a very good matchup," said Edmonton receiver coach Dan McKinnon.

"Mark is the glue to their package. I think he is their best defensive back in their scheme, the best guy as far as covering and their best open-field tackler."

B.C'S TRIPLE THREAT VS. EDMONTON'S SECONDARY

The Lions can boast about having three -- Jason Clermont, Ryan Thelwell and Geroy Simon -- 1,000 yard receivers, something Edmonton can't do.

Clermont might be the toughest slotback in the league to tackle and took Donny Brady for 118 yards in late September.

Brady returned fire in their last meeting, keeping Clermont to 13 measly yards.

Thelwell was ineffective the entire year against Davis Sanchez, but will see rookie Keyuo Craver Sunday.

Simon has had just one productive game against Shannon Garrett -- but that is the matchup to watch.

"He is a threat every time he touches the ball. It's a tough matchup," said an injured Sanchez. "In my opinion, Geroy is one of the top two or three in the league and whenever they need a play, they are going to him."


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