The BC Lions come off their bye week to host the Ottawa RedBlacks on Saturday night. The Lions won their last game on the road in Montreal in week 13. The RedBlacks are aiming to end a 6 game-losing streak.
BC Lions (8-4): The BC Lions come off of their bye week with 13 days between games. The Lions are 4-2 since 2021 following their bye week. The Lions beat the Alouettes most recently in week 13 by a score of 34-25. The Lions are currently 2nd in the west sitting 2 games behind Winnipeg and 2 games ahead of Saskatchewan.
Ottawa RedBlacks (3-9): The Ottawa RedBlacks are on a 6-game losing streak including 3 games on the road. They have not won a game since week 7 on the road in Calgary which they won by a score of 43-41. The Reblacks have had 11 of their 13 games be decided inside the final 3 minutes of the game of which they have lost 9 close games.
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Date/Location: Saturday, September 16 /BC Place, Vancouver, BC
Kickoff Time: 7:00 PM ET, 4:00 PM PT
Channel: TSN (Canada), CFL+ (USA, International)
Spread: BC -9.5 (-115), Ottawa +9.5 (-105)
Moneyline: BC -460, Ottawa +360
Over/Under: 46.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Keys to the Game
Protect Vernon Adams Jr.
The Lions did not allow a sack in their win against Montreal prior to their bye week. Last week Ottawa had 4 defensive linemen listed among the top 10 defensive linemen in their PFF Pass Rush Grade. Bryce Carter leads the RedBlacks in sacks with 6.
Stop Devonte Williams
Last week Williams had a career-high rushing for 146 yards on 17 carries (8.6 average). BC has been one of the best run-stopping teams this season and has held their opponent’s starting running back to 1 yard per carry or less in 2 separate games.
Contain Dustin Crum
Dustin Crum has the most rushing yards among quarterbacks by far with 555 yards on 97 rushes and 1 touchdown.
Get the Run Game Going Again
Taquan Mizzell has averaged 43.5 yards per game over the last 4 games and has rushed for 4.14 yards per carry in that span. In the 6 games prior, Mizzell had 413 yards on 78 carries (5.3 yards per carry) and 69 yards rushing per game. Getting the ground game going again will pay dividends later in the season as well.
5 Lions to Watch
QB Vernon Adams Jr.
Vernon Adams Jr. has averaged over 350 yards per game in the last 4 games with 4 straight 300-yard games and 11 touchdowns in that span. He also leads the league in completions 20+ yards downfield with 39. He has attempted 82 deep throws resulting in 14 touchdowns.
WR Alexander Hollins
Hollins has 23 catches for 405 yards over the last 4 games and has 879 yards on the season.
WR Keon Hatcher
Hatcher has 820 receiving yards in 9 games this season for 91.1 yards per game which is the highest receiving yards per game in the league. Hatcher has 27 catches for 427 yards in the last 4 games.
K Sean Whyte
Has made 94.1% of his 31 field goals leading the league in accuracy. Whyte is the #3 all-time most accurate field goal kicker in the CFL at 87.5%.
LB Josh Woods
Woods is starting at outside linebacker. So far this season he was listed as a 2nd-string middle linebacker every game so far this season and was a backup linebacker in every game last season except in week 1 which he was on the injured list for. So far this season Woods has 21 tackles over 12 games played.
5 RedBlacks to Watch
RB Devonte Williams
Rushed for his career-best of 146 yards last week against Hamilton including 7 runs over 10 yards. According to Pro Football Focus, he had the most missed tackles forced last week with 12.
LB Jovan Santos-Knox
Santos-Knox had the highest PFF Run defense grade last week and had 4 run stops.
DE Bryce Carter
Last week Carter had the 2nd highest PFF Pass Rush Grade with 4 pressures generated.
DE Lorenzo Mauldin IV
Had the third-highest PFF Pass Rush Grade last week and generated 4 pressures.
CB Brandon Dandridge
Dandridge had 4 pass knockdowns last week against Hamilton. He also has 4 interceptions in 9 games this season.
Injuries, Depth Chart Changes From Last Week:
Bo Lokombo is out this week with a rib injury. He currently is the team leader in tackles with 66 and is 4th in the league. He also has 3 sacks, an interception, and 3 passes defended.
Josh Woods will start in his absence at outside linebacker. Jack Hinsperger is brought into the lineup to provide depth at linebacker.
Jalon Edwards-Cooper returns to the lineup after missing last week due to a shoulder injury. Mike Jones has been placed on the 6-game injured list after starting at cornerback last week.
I predict the BC Lions to win by a score of 27 to 16. I don’t foresee the RedBlacks ending their losing streak against a well-rested BC Lions in their own building.
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