Money Line: Argonauts +240; Lions -300
The Lions needed backup pivot Jonathon Jennings to step up two weeks ago, and he did. But last week, against the same team, it was an entirely different story. That has to leave fans wondering which version of their quarterback is going to show up this week.
Luckily, they are not going up against a tough defence. The Argonauts are giving up over 300 yards a game through the air this season. So, as long as Jennings doesn’t struggle to get started, the Lions should be in good shape on offence.
It will help if the BC defence can keep Argos pivot, McLeod Bethel Thompson, from getting on track too early. The last time these two played in Week 10, Thompson wasn’t bad (18-29 for 260 yards and a touchdown). But he was not necessarily good either.
Yes, it was good enough for Toronto to escape with a one-point win. But without James Wilder Jr. to pace the run game this week for Toronto, everything falls on Bethel-Thompson.
Toronto has put in some good games with Bethel-Thompson at a pivot. But the Argonauts seem to struggle with consistency. They played an excellent first half against Calgary last week only to get blown out in the second half.
The BC defence isn’t as tough as Calgary’s, but the Lions are fighting for their playoff lives. While they would have an edge anyway, that urgency will elevate their game.
Expect Jennings to play well enough for the Lions but for the defence to lead the way. Take the Lions to win over the Argonauts and cover the spread. Neither team tends to light it up on offence so take the under.