Brisbane coach Michael Voss is treating Sunday's clash with North Melbourne as the barometer for how his Lions are travelling in 2012.
The season is already eight weeks old but the Lions are yet to find their exact place in the pecking order after losing to five top-class teams and belting the three battlers as expected.
Voss hopes Sunday's clash with the under-pressure Kangaroos will provide him some clarity as the season moves towards the half-way point.
"We will get an all-important indicator about ourselves. We have played some of the best teams and a few of the bottom teams but this weekend we have the opportunity to test where we are at and make a statement. We need to make the most of it," Voss said.
Voss believes that his old team-mate, North Melbourne coach Brad Scott, will be feeling the heat after a pair of unexpected losses in recent weeks.
"(North Melbourne) have spoken about finals a lot so in that context this becomes a really big game for them," he said.
"(Scott) looked fairly disappointed (after the Kangaroos self-destructed against Port Adelaide). Obviously there is going to be pressure for them to win."
Conversely, Voss sees his Lions as a new team with the players aiming to improve for one another.
"(North Melbourne) are a group proud in performances but we are fairly different," he said.
"We got that win last week just based on the fact that we hold our training to be very important.
"It's that familiarity and predictability within the side that we are working on. We need to come and continue to improve that regardless of what pressures the opposition is under."
The familiarity that Brisbane is starting to find is reaping great benefits for the Lions, and particularly captain Jonathan Brown, who booted five goals last week for the first time since 2010.
"It has been difficult to tell exactly what form (Brown) is in because we haven't had much fluency in our ball movement," he said.
"It's no surprise that when we get that happening it makes thinks a lot easier for our forwards."
North Melbourne, gunning for a spot in the top-eight, must turn their season around against the Lions or risk falling deeper into the mire in bottom half of the ladder.