BC Lions vs. Ottawa Redblacks CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/4/15

BC Lions vs. Ottawa Redblacks CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/4/15 Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Redblacks (1-0) vs. BC Lions (0-0)

CFL Football: Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm (TD Place Stadium)

The Line: Ottawa Redblacks +3 -- Over/Under: 46 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The BC Lions and Ottawa Redblacks meet Saturday afternoon at the TD Place Stadium.

The BC Lions enters with a new head coach in Jeff Tedford and hope to build on last year’s 9-9 season. The Lions want to be the fastest team in the CFL on both sides, and a lot of that has to do with quarterback Travis Lulay, who missed much of last season with injuries but has 46 touchdown passes in his last two healthy seasons. Andrew Harris will still open things up in the backfield, and Emmanuel Arceneaux has 26 receiving touchdowns in four short seasons. Defensively, Adam Bighill is arguably the best linebacker in the league, while Khreem Smith and Alex Bazzie combined for 21 sacks last season. Needless to say, there’s a lot of talent on this BC squad, and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t compete for a possible playoff spot.

The Ottawa Redblacks are coming off a victory over the Montreal Alouettes. Henry Burris is completing 63.9 percent of his passes for one touchdown and three interceptions. Burris has been turnover prone for much of his CFL career but will make enough plays to help balance things out for Ottawa. Ernest Jackson and Chris Williams have combined for 141 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Greg Ellingson is averaging 11 yards per catch on four receptions. Jeremiah Johnson has Ottawa’s lone rushing touchdown, and Chevon Walker is leading the way with 52 rushing yards on 16 carries. Defensively, the Redblacks are allowing 16 points and total 197 yards. David Hinds and Travis Brown have combined for eight tackles, while Jovon Johnson has an interception.

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The Lions are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The RedBlacks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games. 

Not sure how you don't take the points here. The Redblacks are at home, coming off a big upset and are likely going to get a better performance from Burris. Also, while BC is talented, the Lions are playing their first game and have a new coach. I'll take my chances with the home dog. 

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Randy’s Pick Ottawa Redblacks +3

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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