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[TV/Streaming]~!! BC Lions vs Calgary Stampeders Live Broadcast Online 09 June 2023



27 𝓂𝒾𝓃𝓊𝓉𝑒𝓈 𝒶𝑔𝑜 - !The 2023 CFL season kicks off on Thursday with the BC Lions visiting the Calgary Stampeders. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET at McMahon Stadium (CBS Sports Network/TSN). Below, we analyze FanDuel Sportsbook’s lines around the Lions vs. Stampeders odds, and make our expert CFL picks and predictions. BC Lions at Calgary Stampeders odds, picks and predictions.


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In eight games Both teams are coming off identical 12-6 campaigns but it was the Lions who came away with a 30-16 victory in that play off showdown. The season opener marks the beginning of the post-Nathan Rourke era in Vancouver as they’ll hand the reigns to quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. after the Most Outstanding Canadian inked a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the off-season. Luckily for the Leos, Adams Jr. is no stranger to the offence after coming over in a trade from the Montreal Alouettes last August.


In eight games he completed 118 passes for 1,504 yards and six touchdowns. More importantly he only turned the ball over in the air once.


If he isn’t throwing the football, look for Adams Jr. to use his legs after averaging 9.2 yards per carry a year ago.

When he lines up under centre, he’ll see a Stampeders defence that allowed the third most passing yards against with 270.8 a game.


Should Adams Jr. falter or head coach Rick Campbell want to give the Stamps a different look, they could turn to off-season signing and former Hamilton Tiger-Cats starter Dane Evans.

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Campbell is looking forward to seeing what Adams Jr. can do full-time and with a complete off-season with the team under his belt.


“I think there’s a comfort level now he’s spent an off-season with our coaches and the playbook and knowing who our receivers are and what our football team is,” Campbell told BCLions.com.

“Going on the road in Calgary, it doesn’t get any tougher than that so I think we’re looking forward to seeing where we stand as a football team.”


Regardless of who’s in the pocket one thing’s for sure, they won’t be short on high-end receiving options as the Lions return one of the best wideout corps in the league.


Dominique Rhymes and Lucky Whitehead both cracked 1,000 receiving yards a year ago, with Rhymes finishing just behind Winnipeg Blue Bomber and Most Outstanding Rookie Dalton Schoen atop the leaderboard.

They will be without a key piece on Thursday night, however. Keon Hatcher didn’t participate in practice earlier in the week and Campbell confirmed he’s out against the Stamps, so more looks may go the way of Jevon Cottoy, an option the coaching staff should be fine with.


The Stampeders have lost in the 1st round of the playoffs 3 years in a row.


Lions at Stampeders odds:


Odds provided by FanDuel Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 12:59 a.m. ET.


Moneyline (ML): Lions +125 (bet $100 to win $125) | Stampeders -150 (bet $150 to win $100)

Against the spread (ATS): Lions +3.5 (-125) | Stampeders -3.5 (+105)

Over/Under (O/U): 50.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)


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Lions at Stampeders key injuries


Lions


DB Siriman Bagayogo (undisclosed) out

DL Francis Bemiy (undisclosed) out

K Keiran Burnham (undisclosed) out

WR Keon Hatcher (foot) out

DB Mike Jones (undisclosed) out

OL Phil Norman (undisclosed) out

LB Maxime Rouyer (hamstring) out

OL Chris Schleuger (undisclosed) out


Stampeders


DB Daniel Amoako (knee) out

OL Caleb Benenoch (arm) out

OL Joshua Coker (ankle) out

DB Natrell Jamerson (knee) game-time decision

RB Dedrick Mills (illness) out

WR Jalen Philpot (hamstring) out

WR John Rysen (undisclosed) out

DB Nick Statz (foot) out

DB Nick Taylor (hamstring) out

OL Zack Williams (arm) out


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Lions at Stampeders picks and predictions

Prediction


Lions 26, Stampeders 18

Moneyline


The Lions beat the Stampeders twice in the regular season and once in the playoffs last year.


Before the playoff matchup, the road team had won 7 consecutive games in the matchup. The road team has won 8 of the last 10 meetings of the 2 teams.


The Lions are the healthier team in the opener.


BET LIONS (+125).

Against the spread


The outright winner in the matchup has covered the spread in 3 straight meetings and in 8 of the last 10.


In 2022, the Lions were 11-7 ATS in the regular season while the Stamps were 9-8-1 ATS.


Because we like the underdog Lions to win outright, you get much better odds on the moneyline than on an ATS wager.


PASS.

Over/Under


BC was 8-9-1 O/U during last year’s regular season. Calgary was 11-7 O/U.


The Over/Under split 5-5 in their last 10 meetings and was 2-2 in their 4 matchups last season.


Being that this is the season opener, expect the defenses to be a little ahead of offenses.


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When the ball goes on the ground, it will be handed to rookie Taquan Mizzell or Adam Mackie after the departure of James Butler to Hamilton in the off-season.


Mizzell will be tested right away against Dave Dickenson’s club as the Stamps were second best against the run last season, holding opponents to 89.1 yards per game.The Lions aren’t short on playmakers on the defensive side of the ball either as they return the defensive back trio of T.J. Lee, Garry Peters and Marcus Sayles who combined for 12 interceptions, led by Peters’ five.


Both BC and Calgary finished 12-6 last season behind the West champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers (13-5). The Lions beat the Stampeders 30-16 the first weekend of the postseason before losing to the Blue Bombers in a Division Final.


The Stampeders have lost in the 1st round of the playoffs 3 years in a row...(>_<)..

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