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BC Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers Preview and Predictions 08-15-2019 in CFL


The Winnipeg Blue Bombers look to extend their home winning streak to eight games when they face the BC Lions on Thursday. The Blue Bombers edged the Calgary Stampeders 26-24 in Week 9 to end a two-game skid while regaining sole possession of first place in the West Division and hope to extend their lead at the top of the standings by sweeping the season series with the Lions following a 33-23 victory June 15.



"I can't even tell you how different 6-2 looks than 5-3," Winnipeg quarterback Matt Nichols told reporters. "It's big for where we are in the standings now but it's even bigger for what those last couple weeks could mean." BC is left to pick up the pieces after blowing a double-digit lead in the 35-34 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Lions seemed poised to end their three-game skid after taking a 15-point advantage into the fourth quarter, but collapsed in the final 15 minutes to continue their worst start since going 0-8 in 1992 and hope to stop the bleeding by knocking off a division rival for the first time this season. "We've shown that we can play with any team in the league but the wins keep slipping away," BC coach DeVone Claybrooks told reporters. "It's like they've got butter on them so maybe we need better gloves."

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS2



ABOUT THE LIONS (1-7): Mike Reilly went 21-of-28 through the air for 306 yards with a pair of touchdown passes and two interceptions despite suffering an ankle injury against Hamilton, but the nine-year veteran is expected to play Thursday. John White rushed for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Bryan Burnham hauled in seven passes for 149 yards and a score to extend his streak of games with at least one reception to 72. BC added a familiar face to the defence as it acquired defensive lineman Shawn Lemon, who recorded 10 sacks in 13 games with the Lions last season, from the Toronto Argonauts in exchange for Devon Coleman and a conditional eighth-round pick in the 2020 draft.

ABOUT THE BLUE BOMBERS (6-2): Janarion Grant had a CFL debut for the ages as he became the eighth player in league history to return two punts for touchdowns (76, 83 yards) in the win against Calgary. Grant finished with 306 total kick-return yards while Andrew Harris racked up 100 yards on 19 carries against the Stampeders to move within 60 of moving past Dave Thelen (8,463) for 10th place on the CFL's all-time rushing list. Starting right guard Cody Speller (leg) and defensive back Chris Humes (undisclosed) are questionable after they failed to finish the Calgary game because of injuries.



EXTRA POINTS

1. WInnipeg DB Winston Rose leads the CFL with six interceptions.

2. BC has surrendered 33 or more points in four consecutive games.

3. Harris has registered four 100-yard rushing games in 2019.




Prediction

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Stadium

Investors Group Field
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN.
Capacity: 33,500

Last Injuries

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

  • Craig Roh

    Upper Body
    Out Fri | out

  • Cody Speller

    Undisclosed
    Out Fri | out

  • Brady Oliveira

    Ankle
    Out Fri | Six-Game Injured List

  • Marcus Rios

    Undisclosed
    Prob Fri | probable

  • Matt Nichols

    Shoulder
    Mid Oct | Six-Game Injured List

  • Andrew Harris

    Elbow
    Prob Fri | probable

  • Patrick Neufeld

    Lower Body
    Out Fri | Six-Game Injured List

  • Dexter Janke

    Undisclosed
    Prob Fri | probable

BC Lions

bc-lions Stats 2019

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Mike Reilly 9 0 85.284 56 283 188 9 0 0 8 2151
Danny O'Brien 1 0 39.583 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Duron Carter 9 0 .000 56 1 1 0 0 0 0 56
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
John White IV 9 0 506 32 97 5
Mike Reilly 9 0 122 16 33 3
Brandon Rutley 7 0 106 14 21 0
Wayne Moore 2 0 22 10 5 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Bryan Burnham 8 0 699 56 44 0 2
Lemar Durant 9 0 519 56 38 0 4
Duron Carter 9 0 328 32 37 0 0
Shaq Johnson 9 0 230 53 17 0 0
John White IV 9 0 199 17 25 0 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Aaron Grymes 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0
Anthony Thompson 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0
Branden Dozier 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Edwards 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Claudell Louis 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Sergio Castillo 9 0 20 21 52 13 10
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Brandon Rutley 7 0 20 0 108 500
Chris Edwards 8 0 2 0 24 44
Adam Konar 5 0 1 0 0 0
Rashaun Simonise 2 0 1 0 12 12
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Mike Reilly 9 0 8 3 6 0 0 0
Phillip Norman 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Rutley 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Duron Carter 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
John White IV 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Brandon Rutley 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Bryan Burnham 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Jevon Cottoy 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
John White IV 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Josh Bartel 5 0 0 1148 0 50 27 0 0
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Brandon Rutley 7 0 18 0 18 138
Duron Carter 9 0 1 0 1 1