Into Lions' den this Friday

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

The last time the Edmonton Eskimos were in this situation they lost a heartbreaker.

Heading into Vancouver for Friday's game, they're hoping for a different outcome.

"They're going to have a few new wrinkles and we're going to have a few new wrinkles," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia.

"But for the most part, I think we both know each other pretty well.

"It's going to come down to who executes. We feel pretty good about going to B.C. Place and playing them out there. And I'm sure they feel it's important for them to get their first win against a Western opponent which is going to be critical especially within our own division because there are different forms of tiebreakers at the end of the season."

The Eskimos were able to pull out a 35-24 come-from-behind win against the B.C. Lions on Thursday.

"We just have to line up and play," Maciocia said.

"We know it's going to be noisy in there. But we've played in there before, we know how to handle it. We just have to work on our silent counts and that's what our focus (in practice) is going to be here this week."

The Lions are expected to have receiver Geroy Simon back in the lineup. The all-star receiver missed last week's game with a hamstring injury.

"I'm sure he'll make a big impact for them," Maciocia said.

In the Eskimos first back-to-back series against Toronto earlier this year, the Argonauts were able to pull out a last-second victory after losing handily in Edmonton the week before.

"It can be good playing the same team again," said Eskimos safety Jason Goss. "We pretty much know their personnel, what they're coming with.

They're probably going to change their game plan, but the good thing is, in a back-to-back game we don't have too much to prepare for because we just played them."


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