BC Lions at Toronto Argonauts
|Date & Time||Saturday July 6, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Argonauts +6.5 -- Over/Under: 57
The BC Lions and Toronto Argonauts meet Saturday in CFL action at BMO Field.
The BC Lions look for their first win of the season after a brutal 0-3 start to the year. The BC Lions have lost four of their last five road games. Mike Reilly is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 827 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Reilly has at least one touchdown pass in 19 of his last 21 games. Bryan Burnham and Lemar Durant have combined for 463 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Duron Carter has 19 receptions. The BC Lions ground game is averaging 49.3 yards per contest, and John White leads the way with 92 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, BC is allowing 36 points and 379.3 yards per game. Jordan Herdman-Reed leads the BC Lions with 15 tackles, Davon Coleman has two sacks and Aaron Grymes has one interception.
The Toronto Argonauts also look for their first victory after a rough 0-2 start to the season. The Toronto Argonauts have lost four of their last five home games. James Franklin is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 445 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Franklin and McLeod Bethel-Thompson have combined for 560 passing yards this season. Armanti Edwards and Derel Walker have combined for 246 receiving yards and one touchdown while Llevi Noel has 13 receptions. The Toronto Argonauts ground game is averaging 54.5 yards per contest, and James Wilder Jr. leads the way with 72 yards and on 16 carries. Defensively, Toronto is allowing 48 points and 563 yards per game. Kevin Fogg leads the Toronto Argonauts with 10 tackles, Anthony Covington has one pass deflection and Abdul Kanneh has one interception.
The Lions are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, 2-8 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Argonauts are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 17-35 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Lions are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Toronto and the under is 14-2 in the last 16 meetings in Toronto. The over is 4-1 in Argonauts last 5 home games. The over is 4-0 in Lions last 4 games overall.
Both of these teams may be winless, but it's the Toronto Argonauts who have had their face stomped in twice and have shown little effort defensively and have no ground attack offensively. The BC Lions have been competitive in two of their three losses and just went toe-to-toe with the Calgary Stampeders on the road as 10.5-point underdogs. BC has also won three of the last four meetings against Toronto and four of the last five times it's played at BMO Field. The records may be similar, but it's the BC Lions who have shown more life and have to enter this contest considered the better team.