Blue Bombers vs. Lions Prediction: CFL Week 1 Point Spread, Odds
June 15, 2019, 10:00 PM ET | BC Place Stadium
This game wraps up week one of the CFL season featuring two heavyweights in the West Division. The Blue Bombers are Lions are both ranked in the top three in the entire league according to the lines management team at Sports Interaction – this should be a shootout.
Betting AnalysisThe Bombers and Lions split the two games last season with each of them winning on home field. During the 2017 season, the Leos took two of three games from the Bombers.
Both teams are expected to make the playoffs, with the Lions paying +250 to win the West, and the Bombers +375 to do the same.
The Bombers have played well on the road over the last two seasons, with a 20-8 record (against the spread) mark away from Winnipeg. Head to head with the Lions they are 8-2-1 ATS in the last 11 games. They are 3-3 in the last two seasons playing against a team quarterbacked by Mike Reilly (Eskimos).
Of note, the over should get some serious consideration as the two teams are 7-2 over the number in the last nine contests.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Quarterback Matt Nichols is looking to bounce back from a very pedestrian season in 2018. Did he win games? Yes, he did. He even led the team to the Western Division final. But numbers were not spectacle. During the 2018 season he registered just one three-hundred yard game. This compared to the previous season (2017) where he tossed seven games with three-hundred yards.
Nichols will have an excellent receiving core once again that includes free-agent signees Chris Matthews, Darvin Adams, Nic Demski, and Drew Wolitarsky. The biggest offensive weapon will be, as it was when he arrived in 2017, Andrew Harris. Harris is the league’s defending rushing champion, and expectations are, he’ll do it again this year.
It will be interesting to see how fierce the defence will be. Adam Bighill is back and joined by the best defensive free agent signing of any team this offseason in Willie Jefferson. The two should be magical on the field in 2019.
How fast can the new pieces gel in Vancouver? That’s the number one question on the minds of the Lions and their fans entering the 2019 season. The offseason was very good to General Manager Ed Hervey as he landed the biggest fish in the CFL free agent pool in Quarterback Mike Reilly.
The team bolstered their offensive line by signing Sukh Chungh from the Blue Bombers to protect him. Reilly will also have Lemar Durant as a capable receiver and it will be interesting to see if outspoken receiver Duron Carter can re-establish himself with his new team.
New Head Coach Devone Claybrooks will quickly have to acclimatize himself to the Leos sidelines as the team opens up the season at home to Winnipeg, before three straight games on the road.