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GAMEDAY: B.C. Lions at Ottawa Redblacks

B.C. (2-10) at Ottawa (3-9)

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: TD Place

RADIO: TSN 1200, FM 104,7, Sirius XM 167 (English), 174 (French)

STREAM: TSN GO

TV: TSN, ESPN 2, BT Sport

WEATHER: 22C, sunny (10% chance of rain), winds 10S

GAME LINE: Lions by 3

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

1. The Life of Reilly

If the Redblacks give Lions QB Mike Reilly time to throw the football, they’re asking for trouble. Last week, the veteran quarterback had 286 yards passing, with two touchdown tosses and two interceptions. But the big thing: His offensive line gave him time. All too often this year, he’s been beaten up by opposing defences, who have teed off on him – the Lions have allowed a league-worst 45 sacks, 13 more than the next-worst Toronto and 19 more than the Redblacks.

2. Dedmon Walking

On Aug. 2, DeVonte Dedmon returned a punt (95 yards) and a kickoff (110 yards) for touchdowns in the Redblacks’ dramatic overtime win over the Als. Yep, it was the last time Ottawa won a game. A week later, Dedmon had a leg injury against Edmonton and has been out since. He returns Saturday against B.C. and while he will share time on special teams with Stefan Logan, he’s listed as a starting slotback to try and add a bit of his playmaking ability to an offence that’s at a standstill.

3. Taking Away Duron

In 2014, 2016 and 2017, Lions pass catcher Duron Carter was a terrific offensive threat (1,030, 938 and 1,043 yards) – not so much the past couple of seasons. The touchdown he scored last week against Ottawa was his first of the season. In his past six games, his yardage has been 28 32, 1, 39, 17 and 2. Ottawa will look to make him a non-factor again.

4. The former Redblacks

You can bet defensive end Jonathan Newsome and kick returner Ryan Lankford – both released by Ottawa earlier this season – would like nothing better to return to TD Place and prove something to their former bosses.

5. Brad Sinopoli’s back

Yep, the Redblacks missed their four-time 1,000-yard pass catcher (1,035, 1,036, 1,009 and 1,376 yards the past four seasons). He sat out last week’s game, but will play Saturday. Hard to imagine he gets to 1,000 this year – he has 461 yards with six games left.

THE KEY MATCHUP

Redblacks QB Jonathon Jennings vs. the B.C. defence

Jennings was OK last week. But the passing numbers (239 yards on 19 completions) may exaggerate how bad the Ottawa offence again really was – the five points they scored paint a more accurate picture. Jennings, who also threw two interceptions against his former team, is probably auditioning for a roster spot for next year as the Redblacks head into their final six games of the regular season.

INSIDE THE GAME:

A year ago at this point, the Redblacks had a 7-5 record – in first place in the East. The Lions were 5-6 and in fourth in the West. (Ottawa is 3-9 and B.C. is 2-10) … B.C. took the opener of the home-and-home series last week – 29-5 … The reeling Redblacks will attempt to snap a string of five straight losses … Ottawa has not claimed a victory at home since Week 2 … At halftime, Ottawa will pay tribute to Kaye Vaughan’s accomplishments by adding the former Rough Rider all-star to the Wall of Honour … Ottawa’s QBs are on a 10-game streak where they’ve been intercepted 17 times, while throwing for just five touchdowns … Ottawa’s Dominique Rhymes has had at least 90 receiving yards in the past three games and is on pace for 1,248. He ranks No 8 in the CFL … B.C.’s Bryan Burnham is on pace for a career-high 1,457 yards in catches.

PREDICTION: B.C. 27, Ottawa 23

MY TAKE: It’s been so long since the Redblacks actually won a game – five straight losses (they’ve lost nine of their last 10) – that it’s hard to choose them against anybody. Ottawa is home, but that hasn’t mattered too often this season as the Redblacks have too often taken a licking.

STATS PACK

Ottawa

Points For: 17.9 (9th)

Points Against: 30.1 (8th)

Rushing Yards: 82 (7th)

Passing Yards: 245 (8th)

Net Offence: 309 (9th)

Yards Against: 414 (8th)

B.C.

Points For: 20.8 (7th)

Points Against: 28.9 (7th)

Rushing Yards: 93 (6th)

Passing Yards: 251 (6th)

Net Offence: 313 (8th)

Yards Against: 340 (4th)


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Source: winnipegsun.com




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