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The B.C. Lions offence is not only well-rounded, it’s well-grounded. That should be of major concern to the Calgary Stampeders for Sunday’s CFL West Division final at McMahon Stadium.

It wasn’t just the 193 rushing yards the Lions racked up in last Sunday’s 32-31 semifinal victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers; it was the way they got them that was so impressive.

Jeremiah Johnson, who figures to be the Lions’ feature back for at least two more games, if he stays healthy and his team qualifies for the 104th Grey Cup in Toronto, provided the most pivotal play in last Sunday’s come-from-behind victory.

With the Lions down 25-6, the game was as good as lost in many minds — until Johnson broke through, slipping tackles and faking Winnipeg safety Taylor cheap jerseys Loffler out of his shoes to score on a 40-yard run that changed the momentum of the game with 1:35 to go before halftime.

“It was an improv move,” Johnson explained Thursday. “At that point, I’m not really thinking about what moves I make. I’m just trying to make things happen.”

Johnson is wholesale jerseys one reason the Lions shouldn’t be taken lightly against the favoured 15-2-1 Stampeders.

He has rushed for more than 100 yards in three of his past four games — all Lions victories. His recent run began with four rushes of wholesale NFL jerseys 10 yards or more, 108 yards in total, Oct. 22 against Edmonton. A week later, he had 101 yards rushing against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Johnson took a backseat to Chris Rainey in the Lions’ regular-season finale, a 41-18 drubbing of the hapless Riders. The Rain Man picked up 89 yards nine carries in the game that secured second place for the Lions.

But back Johnson came last Sunday, with 110 yards on just 10 carries against the Blue Bombers. He might have been the man of the match had not quarterback Jonathon Jennings rushed for two more scores in the second half, when Jennings was doing as much damage with his legs as his right arm.

If Johnson seems too good to be true on the field these days, he is that way in everyday life, his savviness as a runner and his humility as a person being his defining characteristics.

His shake-and-bake touchdown against the Blue Bombers was cheap NFL jerseys set up by a 37-yard pass-and-run play from Jennings to Rainey that had Winnipeg defenders back on their heels.

As the dangerously fast and deceptive Rainey has been incorporated more into the Lions offensive scheme, Johnson’s rushing totals have begun to soar. He’s not unappreciative of what Rainey has done to make him better.

“Chris has tremendous athletic ability,” Johnson says. “When you’re a defence, and you see a guy who comes in predominantly for gimmick plays, and he swings out of the backfield and gets 20 yards, cheap nfl jerseys you start to think about that. You have two or three things on your mind now. When they’re thinking too much, that’s when you get them. He just gets me amped up.”






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