The Calgary Stampeders and BC Lions meet Sunday in the CFL Division Semifinals at the BC Place. The Calgary Stampeders look for a win after winning 4 of their last 5 games. The BC Lions look for a win after splitting their last 10 games.
The Calgary Stampeders have won their last 3 road games. Jake Maier is completing 74.7 percent of his passes for 2,389 yards, 14 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Malik Henry and Reggie Begelton have combined for 1,980 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns, while Kamar Jorden has 43 receptions. The Calgary Stampeders ground game is averaging 135.3 yards per contest, and Ka’Deem Carey leads the way with 1,088 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Calgary is allowing 22.1 points and 359.9 yards per game. Cameron Judge leads the Calgary Stampeders with 78 tackles, Shawn Lemon has 14 sacks and Titus Wall has 3 interceptions.
The BC Lions have won 4 of their last 6 home games. Nathan Rourke is completing 78.7 percent of his passes for 3,349 yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Dominique Rhymes and Keon Hatcher have combined for 2,444 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, while Lucky Whitehead has 78 receptions. The BC Lions ground game is averaging 99.7 yards per contest, and James Butler leads the way with 1,060 yards and 7 touchdowns. Defensively, BC is allowing 22.5 points and 347.7 yards per game. Jordan Williams leads the BC Lions with 89 tackles, David Menard has 9 sacks and Garry Peters has 5 interceptions.
The Stampeders are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lions are 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 playoff games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. West. The over is 6-1 in Stampeders last 7 playoff road games. The under is 7-3 in Lions last 10 games overall. The Stampeders are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 meetings in BC.
You can make a strong case for either side, given just how explosive and balanced both teams are. That's why I'm grabbing the points in this toss up matchup. The Calgary Stampeders forced overtime in one of the three meetings against the Lions, and they won the most recent match in late September. As good as BC is, Calgary is first in rushing and scoring offense, while the defense is second in rush defense. Teams that can run and stop the run have success in the playoffs. Give me the Stamps in a monster road playoff victory.