BC Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and BC Lions meet Saturday in CFL action at the BC Place.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are coming off a solid 10-win season that ended in the West Final. Winnipeg can only hope this is the season it gets over the hump after three straight double-digit winning seasons under coach Mike O'Shea. Offensively, all of the pieces are there for the Blue Bombers to be effective with Matt Nichols at quarterback, their top-three receivers returning and Andrew Harris at running back, who has topped 1,000 rushing yards the last two seasons. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were first in the league last season with an average of 30.6 points per game and there’s no reason why they can’t sustain that success. Defensively, the Blue Bombers return their leading tackler in Adam Bighill, double-digit sack artist in Willie Jefferson and interception leader in Winston Rose. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have split their last six road games.
The BC Lions hope to build on nine wins last year that ended with a berth in the East Semifinal. DeVone Claybrooks comes over from Calgary as a defensive coordinator and will be a head coach for the first time. BC should be better offensively with the addition of Mike Reilly, a quarterback who has topped 5,000 passing yards the last three years and has 148 career touchdown passes. Playmakers will have to step up for this offense to work after so many skill positions gone, but having Bryan Burnham as a No. 1 receiver for the sixth straight season does provide a security blanket. Regardless, Reilly at quarterback makes this side of the ball instantly better considering BC finished last year with its top two passers having more interceptions than touchdowns. Defensively, T.J. Lee returns as the top leading tackler, double-digit sack artist in Odell Willis and interception leader in Aaron Grymes. The BC Lions have won four of their last five home games.
The Blue Bombers are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 road games, 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games in June and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Blue Bombers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in BC and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 meetings. The under is 9-3-2 in Lions last 14 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Blue Bombers last 5 games overall.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are one of those teams I'm looking to get behind often, as I like what they're doing and I have trust in Mike O'Shea as head coach. The Blue Bombers are a team that can go from double-digit wins to being a legit championship contender. This is also a team that's been money the last couple of years covering on the road. The BC Lions have their quarterback, but they lost a lot of talent on the outside and it may take some time to adjust. Either way, I'm really high on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this season and will gladly take them and free points whenever I can get them.