This could be one of the more interesting matchups of the season because it is so hard to tell who should win. Neither team has played with much consistency throughout the season. One week they may struggle on offence, scoring 12 points, and lose by 20. But a week later, they’ll score 35 and win by 15.
Scattered throughout the season for both teams are a bunch of close games where they won or lost by a small margin—against vastly superior and inferior teams.
Two weeks ago, the Roughriders were shut out by Winnipeg, 31-0. But then last week, they take down the best team in the league (Calgary), 29-24.
The Lions haven’t been as erratic in recent weeks, though. After getting blasted by Hamilton 40-10 in Week 16, they won a close one over Toronto (26-23), took down Calgary (26-21), and handled Edmonton last week (42-32).
The Lions appear to be playing better football right now, but the stats say the Roughriders are the better team.
So—who’s going to win?
The trouble with picking the Lions to win is that the Lions tend to rely on their defence to win while hoping the offence can do enough for the team to win. Tyrell Sutton has breathed new life into the Lions run game the last two weeks, but is that going to be enough?
If the Lions defence can remind Zach Collaros that he is an average pivot at best, and Lions pivot Travis Lulay can avoid making any serious mistakes, then BC could pull this one out.
Take the Lions (+164) to win over the Roughriders (-181). But if the Lions lose, the Roughriders will not cover the spread (4). As for the over/under—take the under (52.5).