CFL Match Ups – BC @ Winnipeg

By Staff Writer – Jason Langvee

Week 18 - BC-WPG

The Game

BC Lions @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Saturday, October 25th – 7PM EST

The History

BC: 8-7, 1-game winning streak, 333 points for, 272 points against

Winnipeg: 6-10, 7-game losing streak, 356 points for, 440 points against

Previous results: Week 12 – BC won 26-9, Week 5 – WPG won 23-6

The Match-Up

Despite all their hardships in 2014, the BC Lions have put forward competitive efforts each time they have taken the field. They have an opportunity this week to add another win and potentially tie the Saskatchewan Roughriders for 3rd place in the west. Kevin Glenn will start at quarterback as the veteran will look to exploit the soft spots in Winnipeg’s defensive secondary. Stefan Logan is still doubtful to play, so look for the rookie Keola Antolin to get some more valuable playing time, which might pay dividends in the first round of the playoffs. The BC defence has been the stingiest squad all season, allowing only 272 points in 16 games. With the Bombers struggling, the Lions cannot get complacent and rest on their defensive laurels. Drew Willy will extend plays, and the Leos need to be prepared for second-efforts.

Thanks to their early season success, despite a 7-game losing streak, the Blue Bombers still have a chance to make the playoffs and vie for the championship title. Against BC, Drew Willy has a few opportunities this week. With a few key injuries, receivers like Nick Moore, Clarence Denmark, and Cory Watson have the potential to have big-nights like we saw early on this season. Paris Cotton played well last week in his first start at running-back, so look for his touches to increase over the course of this game. The Bombers defence started out strong but have since slipped, largely due to penalties. BC will offer a diverse attack so the Blue Bombers will need to show multiple looks, and keep evolving as the game changes. BC will likely favour towards a pass and sweep nature, so defenders will need to understand their assignments explicitly in the face of personnel movements in their opposition.

The Implications

The Blue Bombers could still surpass the BC Lions to take the last remaining playoff spot in the west. This game is of the utmost importance as without the victory, the Lions extend their lead over Winnipeg, and ultimately knock them out of playoff contention. The lions have enough room now to even surpass the Saskatchewan Roughriders, which makes a victory this week as important to them as it is for Winnipeg.

The Prediction

Winnipeg creates a bar-fight and wins 24-16.

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