Feast or famine?

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:17 PM ET

The guess in the buoyant Bomber locker-room yesterday was that the B.C. Lions are going to air it out this afternoon.

B.C.'s star rookie running back, Martell Mallett, won't play because of a foot injury, so former Eskimo A.J. Harris will get his first start of the season.

Not only that, but B.C. quarterback Buck Pierce is starting to heat up at just the right time; he's coming off back-to-back 300-yard outings.

In Jovon Johnson's view, it all adds up to a pass-first, run-later mentality for the Leos today.

"Without Martell, their game plan is going to be to go to the air, because A.J. Harris is a good back, but he hasn't played with their team in a long time," the Bomber cornerback said.

"So it's going to be a different outlook. For us it's just going to be a matter of covering and making the plays when we get an opportunity."

The Bomber secondary's main concern will be red-hot Lions slotback Geroy Simon, whose 62-yard touchdown catch with 12 seconds remaining last week beat the Eskimos.

"He's a guy that can make the big play. He can change the game at any moment," Johnson said. "And for us, it's just going to more so be about not solely concentrating on him, but at the same time being aware of where he is and what he can do."

The Bomber secondary leads the league with 26 interceptions, but it has allowed the second-most yards.

That has Simon drooling a little bit.

"They're feast or famine," Simon said. "You can hit big plays on them, but they gamble a lot. That's probably why they give up so many yards."

QB CRUNCHERS: The Lions lead the CFL with 41 sacks, but the Bombers, along with Montreal, have given up the fewest sacks with 24.

Something's gotta give today.

"They don't do too much as far as twisting or what not," Bombers right guard Ryan Donnelly sa id. "They're just going to play you straight up and try to beat you one-on-one.

"They do a good job at it, and we think we do an equally good job. It's going to be a good test for us."

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kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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