Plenty of questions

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- We're about to learn a lot about the Edmonton Eskimos and the B.C. Lions.

It's only Week 2 of the regular season, but tonight's encounter is going to be a very good measuring stick.

"It's a great test for us, coming into their home opener the year after they have won the Grey Cup," " said Eskimos centre Tim Bakker.

"I think we are going to see where we are at with our rebuilding stage."

There are so many questions before kickoff tonight.

Can the Esks' offence continue to put up big numbers against a defence that should know Jacques Chapdelaine very well?

Can rookie Tyler Ebell produce another big game after 132 rushing yards against Winnipeg at Commonwealth Stadium in Week 1?

Will the Edmonton defence plug the holes - especially in the secondary - after surrendering 39 points to Winnipeg last week?

Can this Green and Gold squad win on the road? They were just 2-7 last year, including a disastrous last-play loss at B.C. Place last summer.

"It's a big game for us," said quarterback Ricky Ray, the reigning CFL offensive player of the week.

"Everybody in the West (Division) won last week except for us, so playing a Western team is a big chance to get ourselves back on track."

Falling two wins off the pace would not be good heading to Winnipeg next Friday.

For the Lions, there are also offensive worries.

Is quarterback Dave Dickenson and his crew going to kick the offence into high gear?

Sure, they are the defending Grey Cup champs, but losing to Edmonton at home would definitely hurt the confidence in the locker room.

"The first week was kind of ugly on the field," said B.C. O-lineman Rob Murphy.

"The next couple of weeks (are) kind of going to be critical."

Added Lions centre Angus Reid: "I just hope we made big strides and not baby steps from last week (on offence)."

FINISH LINES: Dickenson didn't hide his feelings yesterday when asked if he misses former offensive co-ordinator Jacques Chapdelaine.

"I was surprised when it happened ... and disappointed," said Dickenson on Chapdelaine leaving in the off-season to become the Esks' offensive co-ordinator.


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