Lions vs. Argonauts Prediction: CFL Week 4 Point Spread, Odds
July 06, 2019, 7:00 PM ET | BMO Field
There’s a great chance the CFL will be down to just one winless team after this weekend as the 0-3 B.C. Lions visit the 0-2 Toronto Argonauts at BMO Field on Saturday night. The Lions stumble into the Ontario Capital having been torched on defence, allowing a league-worst 108 points through their first three games. But that’s nothing compared to the struggles of the Argos, who have been outscored by a whopping 75 points in consecutive season-opening losses.
CFL Odds and BettingNeither of these teams is an attractive cover option heading into the first of two regular-season meetings. The Lions come in having failed to cover in five of their previous six games overall, and are a dismal 2-8 against the spread (ATS) in their previous 10 against teams with losing records. The Argos, meanwhile, have just 17 covers in their past 52 games and are 1-5 ATS in their past six vs. teams below .500. The Lions have covered in four of their past five trips to Toronto.
From an individual trends standpoint, bettors might be inclined to take the over on the total of 55; the Lions have racked up four consecutive overs and are 3-0-1 O/U in their past four road games, while the Argos are 4-1 to the over in their previous five at BMO Field. And given how poorly these teams have defended, you might expect a bushel of points. But bettors beware: these teams have gone below the total in 14 of their past 16 meetings in Toronto.
Look for John White to be the catalyst for the Lions’ offence, which showed some life in last week’s heart-wrenching 36-32 loss to the host Calgary Stampeders. White was a threat on the ground and through the air, finishing with 151 total yards and two touchdowns as the Lions came oh-so-close to their first win of the season. Week 4 has traditionally been kind to B.C. from a betting perspective, with the Lions going 5-1 ATS in their last six Week 4 games.
If things weren’t bad enough for the Argos in last week’s 32-7 drubbing at the hands of host Saskatchewan, they also discovered they’ll be without James Franklin indefinitely. The talented quarterback suffered a hamstring injury and was placed on the six-game injured list, meaning he won’t be eligible to return until around the midway point of the year. McLeod Bethel-Thompson will take over under center in Franklin’s absence.