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Zach Collaros of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers throws the ball against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Tim Hortons Field on Dec. 12, 2021.
Zach Collaros of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers throws the ball against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Tim Hortons Field on Dec. 12, 2021. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images via AFP.

Two titans battle to decide who will represent the West in the Grey Cup. Find out who we like to win with our B.C Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL picks.  

The top two teams in the West Division meet to decide who plays for the CFL championship this week. The Lions are flying high after their win against the Calgary Stampeders and happy to have star quarterback Nathan Rourke on the field again. The Blue Bombers had a week to prepare for B.C. and need all they can get from their ferocious defense to stop the Lions' offense. 

Here are our Lions vs. Blue Bombers Western Division CFL picks  (odds via BetMGM and FanDuel Sportsbook; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Lions vs. Blue Bombers Game Info

  • Date: Sunday, Nov. 13, 4:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPNews, TSN  
  • Location: IG Field, Winnipeg, MB
  • Weather: 23 degrees, 30% chance of precipitation, 6-mph SE winds

Lions vs. Blue Bombers Odds Analysis

Lines have seen about a half a point to a full point shift in some instances. The Lions opened as 5-point underdogs in some places like Caesars and DraftKings before settling down between a 4 to 4.5 spread. 

Moneylines have taken a turn as well, opening around +180 for B.C. but found their way down to +170 as we move closer to gametime.    

Lions vs. Blue Bombers Picks

  • Moneyline: Lions (+180 via BetMGM) ★★★★
  • Spread: Lions +5 (-110 via BetMGM) ★★★★★
  • Over/Under: Under 49.5 (-110 via FanDuel) ★★★★

Lions vs. Blue Bombers ML Pick

Lions (+180) ★★★★

Not enough can be said about what Rourke's return means to B.C.'s offense. Despite missing eight games this season, he still ranks sixth in CFL yardage, throwing for 3,349 yards. He completed 22 of 30 pass attempts in last week’s semi-final game for 321 yards and two touchdowns. B.C. was 8-1 with him under center before his injury. His only loss was to this Blue Bombers team.

The defending Grey Cup champions are one game away from a third crack at the title. The Bombers finished the regular season at 15-3 with the league's best record. However, two of those losses came over their last five games. They're 2-1 against the Lions this season having lost to Vernon Adams Jr. in Week 19. These teams met in the regular seasons' last matchup in a contest featuring mainly backups that ended in a Winnipeg 24-9 victory.          

Lions vs. Blue Bombers ATS Pick

Lions +5 (-110) ★★★★★

While most books moved this line to 4.5, grabbing the extra half-point cushion on BetMGM is preferable. The Lions were 11-7 against the spread in the regular season. B.C. was only the underdog in two games with Rourke at QB. In Week 8, they covered a one-point spread against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Two weeks later, they won outright and covered their -2.5-point spread against the Calgary Stampeders.

The Bombers were also 11-7 against the spread this season. They're 2-1 in covering against the Lions this year including their 43-22 Week 5 win where they were 2.5 point underdogs. 

Lions vs. Blue Bombers O/U Pick

Under 49.5  (-110) ★★★★

Both offenses have the potential to explode. However, that hasn't been the case as of late with the Lions failing to hit the Over in their last three contests. The Bombers are 2-2 on their previous four Overs. The two teams did combine for 72 points in Week 19. However, that game was played in much more favorable circumstances than what they'll face this week in a much colder setting in Winnipeg.             

Where to Bet on Lions vs. Blue Bombers Picks

Here are our top-rated sportsbooks:

Lions vs. Blue Bombers picks made 11/12/2022 at 9:06 a.m. ET