Game Preview | Lions versus Argonauts

This can only be a sample of a game. Still, early feedback from this 2022 Lions offense suggests the sky could be the limit. Look no further than the Edmonton Elks’ 59-15 beating in Week 1. Impressive numbers included 469 total yards, eight touchdowns and an ages performance from running back James Butler who found the end zone on half of those occasions.

What’s more impressive? The fact that they did all of this without having to rely too heavily on Lucky Whitehead and Bryan Burnham, although Whitehead quietly led all receivers with 110 yards. As the team prepares for a home game with the Toronto Argonauts this Saturday, their two big playmakers are expected to play a bigger role sooner rather than later. For a man, they all agree that more balance is better.

“400 yards and help Butler get to that red zone,” laughed Whitehead when asked about his projection for this week.

“It’s really great to see. As you saw at the end of last season, we started to launch this racing game. JB is a great workaholic and it’s nice to see our offensive line and all the boys clicking together. The workload is not just about looking at number 7 and number 16. We have well-rounded guys at receiver, o-line and quarterback. Obviously JB also had a great game.

The key now will be to prove that he is durable throughout the season. That task begins by taking on a stingy Argonauts squad that boasts a few defensive stallions: even with the ever-productive Shane Ray out through injury, Shawn Oakman and J’Gared Davis form a duo up front while the group of linebackers includes the ever-reliable Henoc. Muamba.

“It’s a bunch of veterans who know how to win and they’ve got another bunch of sophomore guys and they’re a good football team,” head coach Rick Campbell said.

“Watching the Toronto-Montreal game last week that obviously either team could have won, it’s because they’re both good football teams. We just want to make sure we’re as ready as possible for Saturday night.

Leos will worry about themselves first and foremost. What does Rourkle have in store for his fourth career start? It’s a question many inside and outside the dressing room are eager to find out.

“People have to respect his name,” exclaimed Whitehead.

“He showed what he can do. He came to the end of the season and put in crazy numbers, first game of this season, he also put in crazy numbers. He is strong, he is confident and he going to do this week after week.”

The game

BC Lions (1-0-0) vs. Toronto Argonauts (1-0-0)

Saturday June 25

7:00 p.m. BC Place

Television: TSN, ESPN+

Radio: AM730, Lions Audio Network, Sirius XM 147 Canada Talks

Season Series: The teams will meet again on October 8 at BMO Field in Toronto.

3 lions to watch

#23- DB Delvin Breaux Sr.– The surprise free agent addition was flying around training camp before an elbow injury in the preseason finale put him on the shelf for the first week. After participating in the full workout after the bye, fans will be able to see the debut of the Breaux Show in orange. It will be a good shot in the arm for a new-look defense.

#24-James Butler– What will we have in store for an encore? The four-touchdown performance was perhaps the most positive storyline against Edmonton as questions lingered in the backfield.

#47- Sione Teuhema- If said defense can continue to put more pressure on the quarterback, then watch out. Teuhema is only the second player in CFL history after a certain Cameron Wake to record three sacks in his league debut.

Additional footage

This is the 100th regular season meeting of all time between these two teams. The Lions hold a 59-38-2 advantage in the season series. The last time these two teams met at BC Place was a 55-7 Lions triumph in October 2019.

The Argonauts did not travel to Vancouver last season and are one of three Eastern trips to make it to BC Place in 2022. Hamilton is in town on Thursday July 21 while Ottawa makes an appearance on Friday September 30. The Montreal Alouettes will not be visiting the West Coast this season.

Weekly Watch Bryan Burnham: This is the No. 16’s 98th career appearance with at least one reception in every previous game he has played. He’s also just 42 yards from catching Mervyn Fernandez for 4th on the Lions’ all-time list with 6,690.

Two other roster changes of note: American linebacker Josh Woods takes the spot vacated by Micah Awe while newly signed national wide receiver Shai Ross enters the lineup as defensive lineman Nathan Cherry is unable to fit in. go due to his knee injury.

The Lions will look to start a 2-0 season for the first time since 2016 when they stifled the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 28-3 in a Canada Day contest at Tim Hortons Field.

You knew Lions historian Steve Daniel had one up his sleeve: The last time before this week, the Toronto Argonauts faced a Canadian quarterback: none other than current radio analyst Giulio Caravatta in 1996 .

After leaving the win over Montreal with a twisted hamstring, Andrew Harris is ready to go this week. How weird will it be to see the number 33 in double blue?

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