Dog Fight at the Top
The marquee matchup on the CFL Week 8 schedule takes place in Vancouver as the BC Lions, underwhelming 27-20 winners against the lowly Winnipeg Blue Bombers before their bye take on the surging Calgary Stampeders. The Stampeders roll into town hot – four straight wins including an impressive 42-27 win last time out against first place Saskatchewan – a victory that tied them at the top of the crowded Western Division standings.
BC has won four of the last six meetings between the clubs but Calgary has won the last two including in the season opening in Calgary.
Calgary Stampeders (5-1) vs. BC Lions (4-2)
Date/Time: Saturday, August 17, 2013, 9:00 PM ET
Venue: BC Place Stadium
Broadcast: TSN, ESPN 3.com
Stamps vs. Lions Betting Lines from Bodog
Calgary Stampeders +3 -115 Ov 54 -110
B.C. Lions -3 -105 Un 54 -110
The Calgary Stampeders enter Saturday night’s game on a four game win streak. All aspects of their game seen to be clicking. The Stamps are currently the second-highest scoring team in the CFL with an impressive average of 34 points per game. They will be a tremendous test for a BC Lions offense that continues to separate themselves from everyone else in the CFL.
Jon Cornish continues to be a true difference maker for Calgary – by far their biggest weapon on offense. He has 175 yards rushing and four TDs last week on the way to being named the top Canadian of the week and the CFL Offensive Player of the Week. He is second in the league in rushing and yards from scrimmage and he leads the CFL in rushing TDs with seven and yards per carry – 7.3. He carved up BC in the first meeting of the season with 172 yards rushing and two TDs on 24 carries.
Leading the passing attack will be Kevin Glenn. He obviously has the trust of his team and has proven once again to be the best “backup” in the CFL today. Glenn went 21 for 28 last week for 218 yards and a TD to Nik Lewis who is also proving effective week in and week out.
Stopping the pass likely won’t be an issue for the Lions Saturday – they have been terrific in that regard all season long allowing just 192.8 yards per game and just seven TDs total all season long. This unit has been money and has allowed its opposition an average of 282 total yards per game. At home where the Lions have a perfect record the Lions surrender just 227 yards of total offense – incredible.
The Lions have to find a way to get the offense rolling a bit more that in the first meeting of the season.
Travis Lulay was good last week in converting 28 of 39 passes for 268 yards and three scores. He went for 293 yards and three TDs in the first meeting of the season between the two clubs. He is second in the CFL in passer rating and completes a very good 66.1 % of his passes. Andrew Harris continues to be a workhorse as well – he is third in the CFL in rushing right behind Jon Cornish. Balance will be the key Saturday. Keeping the Stamps’ offense off the field is essential and a tad more consistency is critical in this most-important matchup.
Dave B’s Free Won’t Cost You Anything Week 8 Prediction
Betting Prediction: A few trends to consider:
- The total has gone OVER in 12 of Calgary’s last 13 games
- Calgary is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
- Calgary is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Calgary’s last 7 games on the road
- British Columbia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- British Columbia is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
- British Columbia is 5-15 ATS in its last 20 games when playing Calgary
The Lions are 10-1 in their last 11 on home turf – hard to bet against them when they are playing at home. But the Stamps have the look of the best team in the CFL right now and BC has looked average at times their last two games.
Calgary is scorching – look for them to get it done on the road to continue their impressive run.
BC had no answer for Jon Cornish in their first meeting – the same rings true in their second!
Pick: Calgary Stampeders +3