Saturday's rematch between the BC Lions and the Montreal Alouettes is shaping up as a tale of two quarterbacks, and the teams' different approaches to the game.
BC signal-caller Travis Lulay, who garnered the CFL Most Outstanding Player award in 2011, feels an onus to play well simply because he is going up against Als counterpart Anthony Calvillo, who took the honour the year before.
"Just as an offence, you're playing against a team that you know is capable of putting points on the board," said Lulay after his team's final walk through Friday at BC Place.
"So, from the get-go, that puts pressure on you to put points on the board early."
The Lions (6-3) are looking to avenge last weekend's 30-25 loss in Montreal. Lulay and the rest of the Lions stressed the importance of the contest as the second half of the season begins.
Noting that post-Labour Day games make the so-called real season, Lulay, who likes to study film of Calvillo and Montreal's talented offence before games, said certain games represent important moments, and this is one of them.
"The moment we got back on that flight leaving Montreal, we knew that this was an important week and this was a big game... You can feel that sense of urgency in the locker-room," said Lulay.
The Als prevailed after Lulay could not connect with Arland Bruce on a would-be touchdown pass on BC's final possession of the game. Lulay hopes to have another shot to decide the outcome when the game is on the line.
The West Division-leading Lions are looking to extend their precarious lead on the second-place Calgary Stampeders.
The East Division-leading Als, also 6-3, have the same tenuous two-point advantage over the Toronto Argonauts.
BC coach Mike Benevides says he expects nothing short of outstanding for Saturday's game. "It's going to be one of those games that we're going to be talking about, because you've got the best against the best," said Benevides.
Notes: Lions slotback Geroy Simon, who suffered a hamstring injury against the Als last week, reiterated that his leg is feeling good.