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Posted at 11:45 AM EST.
3:30 PM EST. The Lions are 5-4 after a 21-17 home loss to the Stampeders but there is no shame in losing to the league's top team. B.C. has battled through injuries at the quarterback position this year, thus forcing veteran Travis Lulay into action. Starter Jonathon Jennings returned last week against Calgary. Together the B.C. quarterbacks have combined for 2779 touchdown passes while receivers Bryan Burnham and Manny Arceneaux have combined for over 1000 yards and 15 touchdown passes. On the ground, the Leos are averaging 96.4 yards per game lead by Jeremiah Johnson. The “other” “JJ” leads the way with 487 yards and five touchdowns. Offensive options are not an issue on this team and their defense is without question the superior unit here too. A response by B.C. is in order here after they were smoked by the Roughriders last week.
The Redblacks got their first win in a month last week with a 37-18 win over the Tiger-Cats and now they’re evenly priced against the Lions? Hamilton is a mess and the Redblacks weren't even very good in that game after being held to five field goals in the first half. Their defense is giving up 413 yards per game with the opposition moving at will against this bunch all season long. This Ottawa defense should provide plenty of opportunities for the Lions to put up points. Earlier this season, the Lions had a brutal set of road games that forced them to play three straight games on the East Coast. They went 3-0. Ottawa is 0-5 against the West this season. The talent discrepancy between the East and West is huge again this season. You don't have to look any further than the Redblacks place in the standings. With a win, Ottawa jumps into second place in the East, which would be good enough to host a home playoff game while the Lions are in the thick of it in the loaded West. After Saskatchewan's blowout win in Edmonton last night, the Leos loss in Regina doesn't look so bad and their win over the Roughriders the week prior in which they outgained Saskatchewan by 200 yards might carry a little more weight than first thought. The Lions have a massive edge in the coaching department too. Win or lose, we’re confident that we’re going with the best of it here and will play if accordingly.
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B.C. Lions -102 (Risking 2.04 units - To Win: 2.00)