Columbus Lions head coach Jason Gibson made a bold proclamation after the Lions 57-44 victory over the High Country Grizzlies last Saturday. Much like Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did last season, Gibson guaranteed that the Lions will run the table and win the rest of their regular season games.
After a disappointing loss to open the season against the Jacksonville Sharks, Columbus seems to be playing at their best, since they’ve won three of their last four games. Columbus might have trouble running the table, because they will face the NAL’s best team, the Sharks, next week in Jacksonville. Columbus was blasted by Jacksonville in Week 1, 56-41.
It wasn’t even that close, as the Sharks dominated for the whole game. Of course, that game was played in Week 1, which is always a tough week for any football team. However, no one can dispute how dominant Jacksonville was in that game.
It will be very difficult for Columbus to go on road and defeat the NAL’s only undefeated team. If the Lions are able to defeat the Sharks, Columbus might be able to run the table. The Lions will not have to play the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks, who defeated Columbus earlier in the season.
As it stands right now, the Lions have the top quarterback in the league statistically. Darren Daniel leads the league in passing yards (1,110) and is second in passing touchdowns (26). He’s also rushed for five touchdowns.
Receiving his passes is Mike Reeve. Reeve leads the league in receptions (38), recieving yards (412) and touchdown catches (13). With these two on the team, the Lions are also second in total offense behind only Jacksonville.
After Jacksonville, the toughest game for the Lions will probably be against the High Country Grizzlies. The Lions beat the Grizzlies by 13 earlier in the season, but High Country is probably the toughest test for Columbus after the Jacksonville Sharks.
Columbus should be able to handle the lowly Corpus Christi Rage and Dayton Wolfpack. Columbus will also play the Georgia Firebirds, who they beat by 13 earlier in the year. The other two games the Lions have will be against the Monterrey Steel. Other than Jacksonville, Columbus should be able to handle every other opponent that they face.
It’s always difficult to run the table, but the Lions should be able to pull it off. They first have to beat the Sharks, something they couldn’t do earlier in the season. It will be interesting to see if Gibson’s confidence can inspire the team to actually run the table.