FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

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1 PASS-CATCHER CRI­SIS

On Thurs­day, the Stam­ped­ers an­nounced that Marken Michel was their lat­est re­ceiver to get put on the six-game in­jured list. Four of their top five Amer­i­can re­ceivers are out long-term, and there’s a pos­si­bil­ity that Eric Rogers won’t be able to play Satur­day be­cause he’s in Cal­i­for­nia for the birth of his sec­ond child. Chris Matthews should get his first start, but the Stamps need big per­for­mances from un­her­alded guys.

2 LULAY BACK START­ING

Re­ports out of Van­cou­ver in­di­cate Travis Lulay should be back as the Lions’ start­ing quar­ter­back this week­end. Lulay’s num­bers aren’t all that dif­fer­ent from those put up by backup Jonathon Jen­nings this sea­son, but he turns the ball over less and that’ll be big against a Stam­ped­ers de­fence that is go­ing to put him un­der pres­sure.

3 IN THE LIONS’ HANDS

For the Lions, ev­ery game is a must­win from here on out. Their 7-7 record has them nar­rowly ahead of the Eski­mos for a play­off spot, but they don’t have much breath­ing room and have to face the Stamps twice in their fi­nal four games. They’re not mak­ing the post-sea­son if they don’t win at least one of those.

4 ALL ABOUT WALLY

Un­less the Lions make the West Di­vi­sion fi­nal – which is en­tirely pos­si­ble – Satur­day will mark Wally Buono’s fi­nal game in Cal­gary. Buono coached for the Stam­ped­ers from 1987 to 2002 and was one of the most im­por­tant fig­ures in the club’s his­tory, guid­ing the team to three Grey Cups as head coach. He’s been gone a long time — he left in 2003 — but ex­pect him to get a hero’s wel­come on Satur­day.

5 KEEP THE PRES­SURE ON

The Stamps de­fen­sive line was ridicu­lous against the Alou­ettes on Mon­day, and only a game-in-hand has the Rid­ers ahead of them in sacks. No de­fen­sive tackle in the league has more sacks than Micah John­son, while Cor­darro Law’s re­turn to the lineup adds an­other ter­ri­fy­ing el­e­ment to the D-line. What­ever’s go­ing on with the re­ceivers, the d-line is go­ing to give the Stamps a shot at win­ning.

Travis Lulay is ex­pected to be back un­der cen­tre for the Lions, re­plac­ing Jonathan Jen­nings. Doesn’t mat­ter who B.C. sends out as QB, Stamps’ Micah John­son (top left) will be look­ing to add to his sack to­tal.

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