Week 5 B.C. Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders CFL handicapping preview

Lions (2-2) vs. Stampeders (2-2)

The CFL’s Western Division has proven typically unpredictable in 2012.

Week 5’s matchup between the B.C. Lions and the Stampeders is further proof. Saturday night’s loser will find themselves in sole possession of the basement in the West looking up at the Cinderella Roughriders and the overachieving Eskimos.

Strange I know!

Date/Time: Saturday, July 28, 9:00 PM ET
Location: Turf of McMahon Stadium
Broadcast: TSN
Lions vs. Stampeders Betting Lines from Bodog (Bovada if in USA)
Spread: Lions -2.5
Moneyline: OFF
Over/Under: 57 1/2 points

The BC Lions started their season as they were supposed to – wins against Winnipeg and Hamilton were unspectacular but they were “Ws”. Since then the Lions have dropped two straight to teams that they have to leapfrog in order to claim what was all but surrendered to them in the preseason – the Western Division title.

It’s not that the Lions are playing terribly ahead of their Saturday showdown. In Week 3 they outgained the Riders 460-266 in the loss. Travis Lulay had a decent game passing for 345 yards and two touchdowns but his two interceptions ended up being the difference in that game.

B.C. Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders Handicapping Preview

Can the Lions knock off the Stampeders to avoid last place?

In Week 4 Travis Lulay was 28 for 38 for 360 yards and the team generated 451 yards of offense.

The common theme in the two losses?

Costly, game-changing turnovers that not only stopped momentum but also directly resulted in points for the opposition. Two interceptions led to 10 Edmonton points last week – the Eskimos offense only generated one touchdown!

So it appears as though BC is playing OK – they just need to limit mistakes, finish drives and forget about the past!

The Stampeders lost Drew Tate in Week 1 but that hasn’t stopped them from remaining a threat in the West. Last week they rallied for a thrilling overtime win over the Roughriders – this team has proven that they are never out of a game.

They are led by Kevin Glenn who is completing 71 % of his passes so far (the best in the CFL) and by Nik Lewis who scored three times last week and looked unstoppable at times.

The Stampeders defense has been nothing special but they have proven somewhat opportunistic.

Dave’s Won’t Cost You Anything Free CFL Betting Prediction

The Under appears to be a good play her. It is 8-0 in BC’s last eight games on the road and the Under is 14-5 in BC’s last 19 overall. The Under is 4-1 in the last five matchups between the two sides and is 5-2 in Calgary’s last seven home games.

This matchup features two of the more promising running backs in the CFL – the game will likely come down to who will run more effectively – Andrew Harris of Jon Cornish.

In a close game I like the Lions to prevail and despite failing to cover in three of their four games this year, I like them to cover on Saturday.

My play is the Under but if I had to pick a winner, I would take BC – 2 ½ points.

Pick: BC Lions -2 ½ and the Under 57 ½ points


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About Dave B

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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