The BC Lions travel to Regina to take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday for the final game of week 11. The BC Lions will be tied for first in the west should they win.
BC Lions (7-2): The BC Lions are coming off of a complete victory against the Calgary Stampeders which they won 37-9 as Vernone Adams threw for 322 yards and 4 touchdowns. Keon Hatcher had 170 yards receiving and a touchdown. The defense held Calgary to only 136 passing yards and 69 rushing yards.
Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-5): The Saskatchewan Roughriders offense looked as though it had stabilized following the injury to quarterback Trevor Harris in week 6. Last week they saw Mason Fine go down against Montreal with a right hamstring injury. Jake Dolegala will get the start at quarterback as the Riders aim to bounce back following a 12-41 loss on the road in Montreal.
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Date/Location: Sunday, August 20 / Mosaic Stadium, Regina, SSK
Kickoff Time: 7:00 PM ET, 4:00 PM PT
Channel: TSN (Canada), CBS Sports (USA), CFL+ (International)
Spread: BC -9.5 (-120), Saskatchewan +9.5 (+100)
Moneyline: BC -460, Saskatchewan +360
Over/Under: 44.5 (Over -115, Under -105)
Rick Campbell’s 150th Game
Rick Campbell has a career head coaching record of 68-79-2 and is 24-17 as BC’s head coach heading into his 150th career game as a CFL head coach. He is currently 9-9 against Saskatchewan.
For Saskatewan it is Craig Dickenson’s 60th game who is 32-27 and 6-3 against BC.
Kian Schaffer-Baker is playing his first game of the season for the Roughriders as he was recovering from hip surgery. Schaffer-Baker led the Roughriders in receiving yards last season by a wide margin. Saskatchewan’s Shawn Bane Jr. and Tevin Jones are 3rd and 5th in the league respectively in receiving yards.
As stated earlier, the Roughriders will be starting Jake Dolegala at quarterback as Mason Fine suffered a hamstring injury. It is Dolegala’s second career start in the CFL as he had a start in July last year against the Argonauts and completed 13 of his 28 passes (46.4%) for 131 yards and a touchdown with 1 interception.
On defense, Larry Dean leads the Roughriders in tackles and is 2nd in the league with 60. He also has a sack, an interception, a forced fumble, and 3 knockdowns.
Anthony Lanier II frequently generates pressures for the Riders at defensive end and is tied with Pete Robertson in 1st for sacks on the team at 4. Both of Saskatchewan’s starting defensive tackles, Micah Johnson and Miles Brown, have 3 sacks each.
With Jarrell Broxton out at left tackle, this is going to be a big game for Chris Schleuger who is filling that role in his absence. He will be lined up against Anthony Lanier II much of the game who is very effective in the pass rush. Schleuger’s performance on the offensive line is going to be pivotal for the Lions’ passing game.
The receivers, running back, and quarterback are all the same personnel as last week. Keon Hatcher and Vernon Adams Jr. are both coming off of very big weeks.
Woody Baron is a big loss on the defensive line but the good news is that Sione Teuhema is back in the lineup to start on the edge. Baron and Teuhema are tied for 2nd in sacks with 3. Mathieu Betts leads the team in sacks with 10 and is starting at defensive end on the other side. Josh Banks and Tibo Debaillie will start at defensive tackle. The last time the Lions played Saskatchewan they held the Riders’ starting running back to just 0.9 yards per carry.
Injuries, Depth Chart Changes From Last Week:
The BC Lions see their offensive line unit change for the first time since the regular season started as Jarrell Broxton is out with a hamstring injury after starting every game at left tackle. Chris Schleuger will start at left tackle in his place.
Jalon Edwards-Cooper returns to the lineup to start again at cornerback after missing last week due to an injury.
Sione Teuhema returns to the lineup at defensive end after missing last week. Woody Baron is out this week with an abductor injury. Baron started at the defensive end last week and started at defensive tackle the 7 games before that. He was listed as a 2nd string DT in week 1.
Marcus Moore is out with a hamstring injury. He played the last 2 games as a 2nd string
Chase Brice is moved back to the practice roster after being the third-string string QB last week as Dane Evans is back in the lineup listed as the third-string quarterback.
Jalon Edwards-Cooper is back in the lineup after missing last week to injury and is starting again at cornerback. Mike Jones played well last week in his absence and is listed this week as a 2nd string cornerback.
On one hand, you have the BC Lions whose defense has only allowed 2 offensive touchdowns over their 7 wins and an offense that is rolling with the return of Vernon Adams Jr. On the other hand, you have a team that’s onto their third-string quarterback due to injuries.
The last time these 2 teams met BC won 19-9 without Vernon Adams Jr. or Taquan Mizzell.
I expect BC to win this game. I predict a score of 33-9.
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