Stampeders at Lions: What bettors need to know

Aug 16, 2013 |
Calgary Stampeders at B.C. Lions (-3, 53)

The BC Lions might have a little revenge in mind Saturday when they host the Calgary Stampeders, who defeated them at BC Place in last year’s West Division final and again in Calgary in Week 1. The Lions are 3-0 at home this year, but if any team can ruin that record, it’s the red-hot Stampeders. Calgary has won four in a row and knocked off the division-leading Saskatchewan Roughriders 42-27 last week on the strength of four rushing touchdowns from running back Jon Cornish.

The Lions, who are coming off a bye week, have scored only 143 points and quarterback Travis Lulay has yet to throw for more than 300 yards in a game, leaving extra pressure on running back Andrew Harris, who was limited to 56 rushing yards in BC’s last contest. Calgary’s defense limited Harris to 20 yards on five carries in Week 1 and will try to do the same Saturday, with defensive lineman Charleston Hughes (five sacks) leading the charge. Veteran quarterback Kevin Glenn is likely to start for the Stampeders.

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Cornish, who ran for 172 yards against the Lions in Week 1, has seven rushing touchdowns, on pace to eclipse the career-high of 11 he set last year. Glenn has completed 65-of-90 passes filling in for starter Drew Tate, who suffered a setback in his recovery from an elbow injury. Veteran slotback Nik Lewis leads Calgary’s receiving corps with 381 yards on 31 catches. Offensive lineman Dimitri Tsoumpas suffered a concussion last week, joining Tate on the injured list.

ABOUT THE LIONS (4-2): Wide receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux is embracing his return to the CFL following a two-year absence, averaging 20.2 yards per catch and leading BC with 384 receiving yards. Slotbacks Nick Moore (357) and Courtney Taylor (235) are also key contributors to the receiving corps.  Linebacker Solomon Elimimian leads the team with 29 tackles as the Lions’ defense has surrendered more than 21 points in only two games - both losses.


* The over is 14-2 in Stampeders last 16 games overall.
* The Stampeders are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings in BC.
* The Lions are 4-0 ATS in their last four Saturday games.
* The under is 7-1 in the Lions' last eight games in August.


1. Cornish was named offensive player and Canadian player of the week after his performance against Saskatchewan.

2. Lulay has 193 rushing yards, while Calgary’s quarterbacks have combined for 95 yards on the ground.

3. The Lions have won their last nine regular-season home games.

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