BC Lions at Toronto Argonauts Week 10 CFL Picks & Predictions 8/18/2018
Saturday, August 18, 2018
The BC Lions travel to BMO Field to take on the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday, August 18, 2018. The opening line for this game has BC as 1.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 51.
The Lions have an ATS record of 5-2 this season while their over/under record is 3-3-1. The Argonauts have an over/under record of 3-4 and they are 3-4 against the spread.
On Saturday afternoon, the BC Lions and Toronto Argonauts will battle in a game between two teams trying to move up into a playoff spot. Both teams are near the bottom of the league in scoring, but BC has had the much better defense so far this year. BC should come into this contest as the slight favorites, but this should end up being a pretty low scoring game.
Valuable BC Lions Betting Trends
The BC Lions are 3-3-1 against the over/under
The BC Lions are 5-2 against the spread
Important Toronto Argonauts Betting Trends
The Toronto Argonauts are 3-4 against the over/under
The Toronto Argonauts are 3-4 against the spread
Key BC Lions Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Toronto Argonauts Injuries
06/25/18 QB Ricky Ray Head is out indefinitely
BC Lions Stats
The Lions are in the bottom half of the league in just about every major offensive category. They have the worst rushing team in the CFL and they give up more than two sacks per game. Their defense hasn't been great, but they do have eight interceptions through seven games and they are second in the league in pass knockdowns with 25.
10-year veteran quarterback Travis Lulay has had an okay start to the year for BC, throwing for 1,171 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions. The team's top wide receiver has been Emmanuel Arceneaux, who has caught 25 passes for 425 yards but has only reached the end zone once. Running back Jeremiah Johnson has averaged 5.7 yards per carry this season and he has scored three touchdowns.
One player who has stepped up for the Lions' defense has been defensive back Winston Rose, who is currently tied for the league lead in interceptions with three. Veteran defensive end Odell Willis has also been excellent and is second in the CFL in sacks with five. Defensive back Garry Peters is having the best season of his career so far by coming up with 31 tackles, two interceptions and a sack through seven games.
Toronto Argonauts Stats
Toronto has played better on both sides of the ball in recent weeks, but they are still near the bottom of the league in just about every stat. Their offense has only been able to average 19.5 points per game, while their defense is giving up over 31 points per game. They have had a very hard time holding on to the ball and they have far more turnovers than they have takeaways. They have done a good job of getting into the end zone on the ground, though, as they are currently third in the league with nine rushing scores.
Argonauts quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who was named CFL Top Performer of the Week for Week 8, threw for 302 yards with four touchdowns and just one interception in his one start for the team. Toronto running back James Wilder Jr. has rushed for 374 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Wide receiver S.J Green has a team-high 37 receptions for 419 yards and two scores.
One of Toronto's top defensive players through seven games has been lineman Cleyton Laing, who has 21 tackles, a team-high three sacks, and one fumble recovery. Their leading tackler has been third-year linebacker Marcos Ball, who has 32 defensive tackles and one special teams tackles. Defensive back TJ Heath has also played pretty well so far this season by picking up 30 tackles and a team-best two interceptions.
Who will win tonight's Lions/Argonauts CFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Lions -1.5
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