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B.C. Lions vs. Argonauts CFL handicapping preview week 5

Lions Head East to Take on Banged Up Argos

A rare Tuesday game concludes Week 5 of the CFL season when the BC Lions, winners of three straight games take on the Toronto Argonauts who snapped a two game losing streak with a 35-19 win over Winnipeg in Week 4.

That’s the good news for Toronto. The bad news is that starting running back Chad Klackert will be out four to six weeks and quarterback Ricky Ray is highly questionable for Tuesday’s game after sustaining a knee injury against Winnipeg.

BC won the first meeting of these teams three weeks ago – 24-16 and has now won six straight games in the series.

British Columbia Lions (3-1) at Toronto Argonauts (2-2)
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 30, 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Rogers Center, Toronto, Ontario
Broadcast: TSN, NBCSN
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The BC Lions took a game to get going this year but have reeled off three straight wins after an opening week loss.

But there is still some work to do for this team – they still trail Saskatchewan in the Western Division standings.

The Lions have been playing well however and common belief is that they will be in top spot in the West before too long.

Travis Lulay continues to be a terrific game manager – arguably the best pivot in the CFL thus far despite not having the gaudy numbers of a few of his counterparts.

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The Lions travel to Toronto to face the Argos. (Photo: Yahoo)

Last week Lulay went 18-of-24 for 284 yards and a TD, a 77-yard strike to Emmanuel Arceneaux to open the second half. Not eye-popping numbers but solid as per usual. In all Lulay guided the Lions to 420 yards of offense.

He continues his MVP type campaign although he is not going to set a whole lot of records; he is currently third in passing in the CFL.

The beneficiary to Lulay’s solid and unselfish play is Andrew Harris who has been terrific this year so far.

Harris is currently third in the league in rushing with 296 yards and four touchdowns – tied for the CFL lead in that category with Kory Sheets of Saskatchewan.

He went for 103 yards and three scores last week and is proving once again to be a handful for the opposition running the ball and catching the ball with regularity out of the backfield.

BC enters Tuesday’s game middle of the pack when it comes to scoring with an average of 26.0 ppg. But they are among the elite in the CFL thanks to…

The BC defense continues to shine.

They allow a league low 288 yards per game and are an absolute nightmare for the opposition. Pressure and strict adherence to a terrific scheme has the Lions defense looking even better than the one that set all sorts of records during the 2012 season. Look out Toronto – the Lions defense is nasty!

Want to know how good the BC defense is? Toronto’s defense is allowing 418 yards per game!

Toronto’s defense entered the season with some optimism but they have been largely unable to slow the opposition. It is a good thing for the offense – but they have their share of problems heading into Tuesday’s game as well.

Toronto could go into their Week 5 game with Trevor Harris at quarterback and Jeff Johnson starting at running back. Two unproven commodities going up against the stingiest defense in the CFL by far! Not good.

There is a chance that Ricky Ray may not play, but if he does, he will likely be less than 100% and it is obvious that to beat BC, every player has to be on top of their game.

Chad Owens figures to get a lot of touches Tuesday and why not. He was the league’s most outstanding player last year and already leads the league with 35 receptions for 380 yards and is tops in combined yards with 806 through four games.

Dave B’s Free Won’t Cost You Anything Week 5 Prediction

A few trends to consider:

British Columbia is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games
British Columbia is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
British Columbia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of British Columbia’s last 5 games when playing Toronto
British Columbia is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Toronto is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing British Columbia
Toronto is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing British Columbia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games when playing British Columbia
Toronto is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against British Columbia
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Toronto’s last 10 games when playing at home against British Columbia

The BC Lions are rolling and the Argos are seriously banged up.

But it shouldn’t matter who lines up at QB on Tuesday for Toronto (although if the point spread hits double digits and Ricky Ray plays it could get interesting).

As it sits, BC is clearly the better team and should have their way with the Argos. Momentum is certainly on BC’s side and so is the overall level of talent in all aspects of the game. BC has to win to stay within one game of the Riders – they get it done Tuesday.

Pick: BC Lions

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