BC Lions vs Calgary Stampeders Prediction, 8/12/2021 CFL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: BC Lions vs Calgary Stampeders
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Location: McMahon Stadium in Calgary, AB
Odds/Point Spread: BC Lions (+4)
The Calgary Stampeders (0-1) host the BC Lions (0-1) at McMahon Stadium on Thursday. Calgary opens this matchup as 4-point favorites. The total opens at 47.5. The starting quarterbacks are Michael Riley and Bo Levi Mitchell.
In their last game the Lions went up against the Roughriders and took the loss by a score of 33-29. Mike Reilly went 17/24 with 203 yards through the air and completed 1 TD. He finished the game without throwing an interception. James Butler paced the team on the ground for that contest. He broke a long run for 12 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He racked up a total of 24 yards by way of 8 carries which meant he averaged 3.0 yards per tote. Bryan Burnham was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 92 yards on 7 receptions. He averaged 13.1 yards per reception for that contest.
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Concerning getting in the endzone, the BC Lions held an average of 22.8 points per outing. As a unit they averaged 98.9 yds via the ground game, which ranked them 5th in the CFL. The Lions earned 1,781 yards in total over the course of last year. BC compiled 23 touchdowns through the air and 15 touchdowns on the ground.
Regarding passing yards, the Lions conceded 3,962 yards which had them ranked 3rd in the league. They gave up 5.2 yards per rush and 106.7 yards on the ground per game last season. They relinquished 23 passing touchdowns as well as 18 rushing touchdowns. Over the course of last season, they allowed 1,921 yards via the ground game in 18 outings. They allowed 326.8 yards/outing which put them 3rd in the league. The Lions ranked 6th in the league in terms of team defense, allowing 25.1 points per game.
The last time they took the field the Stampeders played the Argonauts and were beaten 23-20. Ka'Deem Carey led the team on the ground for the game. He broke a long run for 14 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for a total of 75 yards on 18 carries which gave him an average of 4.0 yards per run. Josh Huff led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 53 yards on 6 receptions. He notched an average of 8.8 yards per reception for the game. Bo Levi Mitchell went 23/35 with 252 yards passing and completed 1 touchdown. He threw 1 interception in the game.
In terms of their ability to score points, the Stampeders ranked 4th in the CFL with a maintained average of 26.8 PPG. Throughout last season, the Stampeders threw for a total of 5,403 passing yards along with an average of 300.2 throwing yards per contest, which ranked 1st in the CFL. They maintained an average of 71.3 rushing yards per game and toted the ball for 1,283 yards in total. The Calgary Stampeders averaged 371.4 yards per contest ranking them 3rd in the league.
Calgary allowed a total of 1,751 yards on the ground (97.3 yards/game) as well as 14 touchdowns on the ground last season. In total, they allowed 407 points in total. They gave up 19 touchdowns through the air in addition to 238.4 yards per outing, which had them ranked 4th in the CFL. The Stampeders surrendered 22.6 PPG, which had them ranked 4th in the CFL.
Who will win tonight's CFL game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take BC Lions (+4)
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