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BC Lions vs. Stampeders CFL handicapping preview week 18

Lions (12-4) vs. Stampeders (10-6)

Headline: Banged up Lions take on surging Stampeders on Friday night

The top two teams in the CFL’s West Division meet in Calgary looking to build momentum ahead of the impending playoffs.

The BC Lions have won three straight games but are likely going to be without Travis Lulay and possibly be without Geroy Simon and Arland Bruce.

The Stamps have won two straight and should be a good test for the injury-ravaged Lions.

BC Lions (12-4) vs. Calgary Stampeders (10-6)
Date/Time: Friday, October 26, 9:00 PM ET
Venue: McMahon Stadium
Broadcast: TSN
Lions vs. Stamps Betting Lines from Bodog
Spread: Stampeders -3 1/2 (-110)
Moneyline: OFF
Over/Under: 50 1/2 points

The Lions enter Friday night’s game as a rare underdog – for good reason.

QB Mike Reilly looked good in his first game going 19-28 for 276 yards and two touchdowns – all without the Lions two best receivers.

Do I like what I see? For sure. Do I trust him just yet? Not quite.

The Lions have the league’s 4th ranked passing game but they have been absolutely decimated as of late – it doesn’t even seem fair!

It’s a good thing for the Lions #1 ranked rushing game – Andrew Harrishas been incredible and he allows the Lions to keep control of the ball.

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With Travis Lulay most likely sitting out, the Lions may just take it easy Friday night (Photo – Gerry Kahmann/Postmedia News)

Paul McCallum gives the Lions an edge too – he has been terrific – he scored 21 of BC’s 39 points last week.

BC has the best overall defense in the league as well which certainly helps when your offense is like a MASH unit.

They allow 19.19 points per game – best in the CFL, they are #1 against the run and #2 versus the pass. The defense will have their hands full with Jon Cornish for sure but this unit has risen to the occasion more often than not this season.

The Calgary Stampeders got it done last week for the second week in a row and Jon Cornish was held in check (27 yards on the ground BUT 108 yards receiving).

You have to think that Cornish will bounce back this week even against the stout BC run defense. The Stamps are #2 in the CFL in rushing and Jon Cornish is a true MVP candidate this season.

The Stamps are no slouch in the passing game either. They are improving every week. Kevin Glenn has played well although he is not immune to mistakes (4 interceptions last week).

Calgary’s defense has been solid so far this season – 4th against the pass and 4th against the run. They don’t have to be great against BC’s banged up offense but they definitely have to be good.

Betting Prediction:

  •  The total has gone UNDER in 14 of British Columbia’s last 16 games on the road
  •  British Columbia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  •  British Columbia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Calgary
  •  The total has gone UNDER in 5 of British Columbia’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Calgary
  •  The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Calgary’s last 6 games when playing at home against British Columbia
  •  Calgary is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
  •  The total has gone OVER in 4 of Calgary’s last 5 games
  •  Calgary is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games

The BC Lions have little to play for – there is no way that they are going to put themselves on the line in what is essentially a meaningless game for their squad.

Their focus is likely getting healthy and preparing for the Western Final that they are hosting… again!

Calgary is a decent team with something to play for – the emotion should be enough to get by the Lions this week.

Enjoy it Stamps fans – when the Lions are at full strength, there is not much that will be able to touch them.

Pick: Calgary Stampeders -3 1/2

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Dave B is from Beautiful BC. A Fantasy Football writer for 10+ years. A gambler, and a sucker for an early Vegas line. Loves to bet on the NHL, and NFL. A couch potato wannabe, BC Lions, Canucks, & Seahawks fan. Hope’s for world peace + global relaxation.
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