VANCOUVER – The B.C. Lions know they have to play a full four quarters to be able to pay back this week.
Details such as missed tackles and dropped balls have hampered the team late in games so far this season, allowing multiple opponents to win from behind.
That can't happen when the Lions (1-3) organize the Edmonton Eskimo & # 39; s on Thursday, said B.C. coach DeVone Claybrooks.
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"The attention to detail should just stay there and there," he said after training on Wednesday. "You don't have to worry about the scoreboard, you worry about the details that contribute to the scoreboard. Every game always comes down to tackling, blocking and catching, so you have to do those basic foundations better than anyone."
Focus will be the key to changing the pattern of the fourth quarter meltdowns, recipient Bryan Burnham said.
"You can't feel comfortable, I think at the end of the game a few of those games have double digits, you start to feel a bit at ease," he said. "We must keep that focus until the games are over and you see all zeros on the clock."
The Eskimo & # 39; s already achieved the best of the Leos this year, with a victory of 39-23 in Edmonton on June 21.
But Burnham believes that B.C. has learned lessons from a series of losses early in the season and will be a different team on Thursday.
"In week 2 there were just too many small things that could be completely avoided," he said. "I think this is one of the great things we've hammered at. Just manage what we can control. Don't worry about trying to do something supernatural or being a superhero. Just do your job. That's all you have to focus on. "
The Lions should have some renewed confidence after placing their first win of the season in Toronto last week. It wasn't pretty, but B.C. squeaked an 18-17 win thanks to a last-minute rouge.
Adding a new W this week is not easy.
The Edmonton offense has so far gained 92 points and quarterback Trevor Harris has already been thrown 1086 meters in his first three games of the year. He still has to throw a single interception.
The Lions will have to be calculated to make the 33-year-old QB uncomfortable, Aaron Grymes said defensively.
"They say there is no good coverage for a perfect throw and a perfect catch, and (the Eskimo & # 39; s) seem to have a lot of it," he said. "But if we can take them away from their targets and mess up their timing, then the ball is on our right, that's good for us, so we have to make sure we do that."
Harris knows that this week's lions won't look much like the team the Esks were dealing with last month. But the path to victory has not changed dramatically.
"We just have to implement our game plan, make sure we get the keys to victory and do the important things, such as trying to win the sales battle and reducing fines," Harris said.
Edmonton had 13 penalties for 139 yards in their last outing, a 28-21 loss to Winnipeg on June 27.
Discipline has been a constant message during the team's meetings and training sessions in the past week, Maas said, adding that each player must be more "locked up" to help eliminate the mistakes.
"In the end, it cannot affect our game," he said. "Our game must be what it is – it's always fast, it's always aggressive and physical."
EDMONTON ESKIMOS (2-1) AT B.C. LIONS (1-3)
Thursday, B.C. Place
FRESH FACE: Wide receiver DaVaris Daniels is expected to play its first game for the Eskimo & # 39; s on Thursday. The 26-year-old former Stampeder signed with Edmonton as a free agent during the off-season, but was injured at the start of the season.
BIG CATCHERS: Edmonton's selection includes two of the current top five receivers. Greg Ellingson has 313 yards this season, while Ricky Collins Jr. 293 has added up. On the way to week 5, the Brandon Banks of Hamilton led the CFL on yards with 420.
POINT SPREAD: The lions have given up 125 points this season, more than any other team in the league. On the offensive side, B.C. scored 96 points – fourth in the CFL behind Hamilton, Calgary and Saskatchewan.