Two teams that are struggling offensively square off at Rogers Centre in CFL betting action on Friday night as the BC Lions play the Toronto Argonauts.
British Columbia Lions (1-2, 2-1 ATS) - The Lions scored one more major than the Montreal Alouettes did last week, but it didn't seem to make much of a difference. A 16-12 defeat to the defending champs at home was made particularly bitter by a scoreless fourth quarter. A 12-6 lead was squandered away in the final 18 or so minutes of game time without letting Montreal find pay dirt. The defense played great "bend but don't break" ball, holding the Als to just six field goal attempts on the night, but K David Duval cashed in on enough of them to break BC's back. The Lions have QB issues like none other right now, as they are struggling with injuries to both incumbent starter Jarious Jackson (shoulder) and current starter Casey Printers (elbow and knee). No one is too keen to the idea about starting QB Travis Lulay either, as he has historically been nothing more than a third string quarterback during his entire career. The rushing game absolutely has to do better than it did last week, as seven yards on nine carries with two fumbles won't cut it.
Toronto Argonauts (2-1, 2-1 ATS) - Talk about the surprise of the CFL season! The Boatmen were one collapse against Calgary away from being a perfect ATS team, and they are rightfully sitting at 2-1 and tied for first place in the East Division following three games. Still, no one is fooled by the play of QB Cleo Lemon yet this year. The former NFL journeyman quarterback ranks dead last in the league in completions, completion percentage, passing touchdowns, and QB rating, and it is becoming increasingly clear that his job is going to be relegated to holding a clipboard sooner than later. He has only led the team to four offensive TDs all season long, a number that just won't cut it in the CFL. Lemon can thank RB Cory Boyd for the fact that he still has his job intact. Boyd rushed the ball 20 times for 147 yards in last week's 27-24 win over Calgary, and he now leads the CFL in carries and is second in rushing.
This is an ugly game to try to handicap. We already know that Toronto is going to have a hard time scoring unless it is on defense or through special teams, but BC is a real question mark. Fourth string QB Zac Champion might be asked to play extensively in this game... or he might not suit up at all... We might not know who is under center, but we do know that BC's offense has struggled regardless of who has been taking snaps, and its defense has been fantastic. We'll bank on a low scorer once again.
Selection: BC/Toronto under 47 at BetCanadian