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30– the number of completions for Harris. It is the fourth time he has hit that number this season. By comparison, Lulay and Jennings have both failed to have a 30-completion game this season.
158/92- total number of yards after the catch by Ottawa and BC respectively. It was another area where the REDBLACKS were able to make the most of opportunities.
112/101– receiving yards for Burnham and Manny Arceneaux. These two will need to continue to put up these types of numbers if the offence wants to get better.
3– the number of 1st quarter touchdowns scored by the Lions in ten games this season.
The bluntness of Buono’s answer to the quarterback question should speak volumes. At the same time, it should come with a reminder that whoever starts on September 8th will likely not be starting at some point between now and the regular season finale on November 4th.
What can you say about Lulay? This is a guy who will leave it all out there, no matter how big the deficit or how much time left to play. He took some hits and used his legs when they needed the yardage. Simply put: we all have to appreciate this guy while he’s still in orange. He will for sure want the game-sealing interception back. But he still deserves kudos for rallying his team to a close ending.
The first quarter interception by Jennings was a backbreaker, especially when you consider it came after a massive deep completion to Manny Arceneaux when the offence was struggling to move the ball early. Another big sequence was Ty Long‘s missed field goal that led to a big return and three more points for Ottawa before the half. The math reveals a big six-point swing before the break.
Ronnie Yell‘s interception that set up Johnson’s second touchdown and got them to within seven was a brilliant read. Number 25 continues to perform well as he approaches the one-year anniversary of breaking his foot in Toronto.
Harris had way too much time to navigate the REDBLACKS’ offence in this one. It speaks to Ottawa’s pass protection and the fact the Lions’ defensive unit needs to improve the amount of pressure they get on the quarterback.
In closing: it would be more concerning if the leaders in that room weren’t delivering their messages to the young guys. This was probably the angriest the locker room has been since the start of last season. And that should be considered a good thing.