Lions (5-3) vs. Stampeders (5-1-1)
CFL Football: Friday, August 18, 2017 at 10:30 pm (BC Place)
The Line: Lions +5 -- Over/Under: 57 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Calgary Stampeders and BC Lions meet Friday in CFL action at BC Place.
The Calgary Stampeders look for another victory to build on their impressive 5-1-1 start. The Calgary Stampeders are 2-1-1 on the road this season. Bo Levi Mitchell is completing 65.5 percent of his passes for 2,081 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. Levi Mitchell has six touchdown passes in his last three games played. Kamar Jorden and Marquay McDaniel have combined for 882 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while DaVaris Daniels has 22 receptions. The Calgary Stampeders ground game is averaging 100.3 yards per contest, and Jerome Messam leads the way with 490 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Calgary is allowing 20.7 points and 364.4 yards per game. Alex Singleton leads the Calgary Stampeders with 45 tackles, Charleston Hughes has six sacks and Jamar Wall has one interception.
The BC Lions look for a bounce back victory after splitting their last four games. The BC Lions are 2-1 on their home field this season. Travis Lulay is completing 72.5 percent of his passes for 1,491 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions. Lulay and Jonathon Jennings have combined for 11 touchdown passes. Bryan Burnham and Nick Moore have combined for 1,002 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Emmanuel Arceneaux has 40 receptions. The BC Lions ground game is averaging 101.5 yards per contest, and Jeremiah Johnson leads the way with 476 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, BC is allowing 27.8 points and 394.1 yards per game. Solomon Elimimian leads the BC Lions with 58 tackles, Craig Roh has five sacks and Ronnie Yell has two interceptions.
The Stampeders are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. West, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. West, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in August. The Stampeders are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 meetings in BC, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in BC.
I like the BC Lions, but the Calgary Stampeders have won eight of the last nine meetings against them, and they've outscored them by a combined score of 79-24 in the alst two contests. Not to mention the Stampeders are starting to look like the team from last year, and they've had an extra week to prepare. Meanwhile, the BC Lions were just spanked by the Saskatchewan Roughriders and seem to be having issues on the defensive side. Everything seems to be in favor of the Stampeders in this matchup.