Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs BC Lions
July 9, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: BC Lions -3 / Winnipeg Blue Bombers +3
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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and BC Lions meet Saturday in week 5 CFL action at the BC Place. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers look to build on their impressive 4-0 start. The BC Lions look to build on their 3-0 record.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have won 12 of their last 14 regular season games. Zach Collaros is completing 71.2 percent of his passes for 933 yards, 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Greg Ellingson and Dalton Schoen have combined for 484 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, while Rasheed Bailey has 15 receptions. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers ground game is averaging 78 yards per contest, and Brady Oliveira leads the way with 149 yards and 1 touchdown. Defensively, Winnipeg is allowing 15.8 points and 390.3 yards per game. Nicholas Taylor leads the Winnipeg Blue Bombers with 20 tackles, Donald Rutledge has 1 sack and Winston Rose has 1 interception.
The BC Lions have lost 7 of their last 11 regular season games. Nathan Rourke is completing 83.8 percent of his passes for 1,077 yards, 9 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Keon Hatcher and Lucky Whitehead have combined for 526 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, while Dominique Rhymes has 14 receptions. The BC Lions ground game is averaging 161.3 yards per contest, and James Butler leads the way with 210 yards and 3 touchdowns. Defensively, BC is allowing 16.3 points and 270.3 yards per game. Bo Lokombo leads the BC Lions with 18 tackles, Sione Teuhema has 3 sacks and TJ Lee has 2 interceptions.
You can make a case for either of these teams with the way they’re playing out of the gate. I wouldn’t talk you off the ledge if looking at the road dog. However, the BC Lions have simply been the more impressive team up to this point with an offense that’s first in total offense, passing offense, rushing offense and points scored. BC is also first in total defense and passing defense. It’s early, but the BC Lions are the best team in the league through the first month of the season. At home, I’ll lay the field goal.