Lions (3-1) vs. Blue Bombers (2-1)
|Date & Time||Friday July 21, 2017, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Lions -8.5 -- Over/Under: 56.5
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and BC Lions meet Friday in CFL action at the BC Place.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers look for their second road victory to build on their 2-1 start to the season. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have won three straight road games. Matt Nichols is completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 826 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. Nichols has 23 touchdown passes in his last 18 games played. Weston Dressler and Darvin Adams have combined for 468 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Andrew Harris has 16 receptions. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers ground game is averaging 78.3 yards per contest, and Harris leads the way with 170 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Winnipeg is allowing 31.3 points and 388 yards per game. Chris Randle leads the Winnipeg Blue Bombers with 15 tackles, Jamaal Westerman has two sacks and TJ Heath has four interceptions.
The BC Lions look for another victory to build on their three-game winning streak. The BC Lions have won five of their last eight home games. Jonathon Jennings is completing 67 percent of his passes for 853 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Jennings has 29 touchdown passes in 22 games. Nick Moore and Bryan Burnham have combined for 563 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Emmanuel Arceneaux has 19 receptions. The BC Lions ground game is averaging 91.8 yards per contest, and Jeremiah Johnson leads the way with 265 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, BC is allowing 21.8 points and 386.2 yards per game. Solomon Elimimian leads the BC Lions with 34 tackles, Craig Roh has three sacks and Ronnie Yell has one interception.
The Blue Bombers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. West and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lions are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in July, 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Blue Bombers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in BC, 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Winnipeg has won four of the last five meetings against BC and that one loss was by one point back in November. So while BC is the better team here, I'm not sure I can lay this many points. Instead I'm taking the under here. BC is good enough defensively to keep the Blue Bombers in check, and the Lions have some quarterback issues of their own. This could be a low scoring game where the defenses have the advantage at both ends.