Teams that used to share the West Division together square off for the final time at Canad Inns Stadium on Thursday night in CFL betting action, as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers meet up with the BC Lions.
The Leos have been handed another tough loss, and it is clear that this is becoming another frustrating start to the season. BC knows that it is going to be in trouble going forward as the only team without a win this year, and Head Coach Wally Buono probably won't be able to survive another 1-7 start to the season like he had last year. He was lucky to get the Leos into the postseason a year ago, and right now, he looks like he'd be lucky to get the job done this year as well. The problem last season all revolved around the offense. There was no consistency under center at the quarterback position, as the Lions went back and forth between Jarious Jackson and Travis Lulay. This year, it's been Lulay's job 100% of the time, but though he is one of the few QBs in Canada to have thrown for over 1,000 yards on the campaign, he also only has a 54.0 completion percentage. The defense has been a train wreck as well, allowing at least 30 points in all four outings. That just won't get the job done, needless to say, especially against a hot Winnipeg team.
Things are just working well right now for the 'Peg, though it knows that the schedule is going to get significantly tougher than this in the near future. The Blue Bombers are a 4-0 ATS team, one of the two in CFL betting action, and they are just short of a perfect SU record at 3-1 as well. If BC's defense has been a disaster, Winnipeg's has been a dream. The 24 points conceded last week to the Toronto Argonauts was the worst number of the season, but fortunately, the offense really came to shine. QB Buck Pierce was a question mark for the game after suffering a quadriceps injury two weeks ago, but he came out with vengeance and just never looked back. The former member of the Lions went 22-of-27 for 361 yards and three TDs, but most importantly, he didn't throw an interception. If the defense can keep up this pace and the offense is taking care of the football for the most part, Winnipeg could be a playoff team once again this season after missing out last year.
We have a ton of confidence right now in the Blue Bombers, something that we just don't have in BC. The Lions are a much improved team, no doubt, as they are staying in games. However, when push comes to shove, this week, we have to go with the Blue Bombers -3.5, especially in their own backyard.