Stampeders (9-1-1) vs. Lions (6-5)
CFL Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm (McMahon Stadium)
The Line: Stampeders -9.5 -- Over/Under: 53.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The BC Lions and Calgary Stampeders meet Saturday in CFL action at McMahon Stadium.
The BC Lions could use a statement victory here after splitting their last eight games. The BC Lions have lost three straight road games. Travis Lulay is completing 73.3 percent of his passes for 1,693 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Lulay and Jonathon Jennings have combined for 16 touchdown passes. Bryan Burnham and Emmanuel Arceneaux have combined for 1,456 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Nick Moore has 28 receptions. The BC Lions ground game is averaging 97.6 yards per contest, and Jeremiah Johnson leads the way with 609 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, BC is allowing 26.5 points and 381.2 yards per game. Solomon Elimimian leads the BC Lions with 80 tackles, Craig Roh has five sacks and Ronnie Yell has three interceptions.
The Calgary Stampeders look to keep rolling while building on their seven-game winning streak. The Calgary Stampeders haven’t lost a home game since October of 2015. Bo Levi Mitchell is completing 64.7 percent of his passes for 3,251 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Levi Mitchell has one or less touchdown passes in four of his last six games. Marquay McDaniel and DaVaris Daniels have combined for 1,231 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Marken Michel has 22 receptions. The Calgary Stampeders ground game is averaging 92 yards per contest, and Jerome Messam leads the way with 730 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Calgary is allowing 19 points and 361.7 yards per game. Alex Singleton leads the Calgary Stampeders with 80 tackles, Micah Johnson has seven sacks and Shaquille Richardson has three interceptions.
The Lions are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games, 1-4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. West. The Stampeders are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games, 16-5 ATS in their last 21 home games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Calgary, 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
I keep saying it, the Calgary Stampeders are pretty much an automatic play regardless of the spot based on the constant victories and the trends. The Calgary Stampeders haven't only been winning games outright dating back to last season, but they've been a covering machine, including 16 covers in their last 21 home games. There's just no point to try to make a case against the other team when trends are that strong. If you need more insurance, Calgary has won nine of the last 10 meetings against BC and covered seven of those meetings. Give me the home team by double digits.