Calgary Stampeders vs. BC Lions CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/25/16
Lions vs. Stampeders
CFL Football: Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 10:00 pm (BC Place)
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The Calgary Stampeders and BC Lions open the 2016 CFL season late Saturday night at the BC Place on ESPN2.
The Calgary Stampeders hope to have another successful season after a 14-4 record and losing in the West Final. Bo Levi Mitchell returns at quarterback after completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 4,551 yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Jerome Messam remains at running back after racking up more than 1,000 yards and two touchdowns. Marquay McDaniel and Messam combined for more than 1,900 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Bakari Grant had 35 receptions and four touchdowns. Defensively, the Calgary Stampeders finished last season with 49 sacks and 18 interceptions. Taylor Reed led Calgary with 83 tackles, Charleston Hughes had 10 sacks and Brandon Smith had three interceptions.
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The BC Lions hope to take another step forward after finishing last year with a 7-11 record and losing in the West semifinal. Jonathon Jennings returns at quarterback after completing 66 percent of his passes for 2,004 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Anthony Allen remains at running back after leading the way with 574 yards and three touchdowns. Emmanuel Arceneaux and Nick Moore combined for more than 2,000 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Shawn Gore had 40 receptions and two touchdowns. Defensively, the BC Lions finished last season with 48 sacks and 23 interceptions. Adam Bighill led BC with 117 tackles, Alex Bazzie had eight sacks and Ryan Phillips had six interceptions.
The Stampeders are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games in Week 1 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lions are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in June. The Stampeders are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 meetings in BC and 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 meetings overall.
BC lost a few of its top playmakers from last season and was outscored 98-39 in three meetings against the Stampeders last season. Based on what we saw last season, the amount of talent returning for Calgary and the fact the Lions have lost five straight to the Stampeders, you have to like the road team in this spot.