Free CFL Picks: BC vs. Toronto Week 5 Preview

David Schwab

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 6:05 PM GMT

The British Columbia Lions come off an extended break to face the Toronto Argonauts in a rare Tuesday night matchup in Week 5 of the CFL regular season.


All the action from the Rogers Centre is set to get underway at 7:30 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast in Canada on TSN.

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BC Overview

The Lions were thumped by Calgary 44-32 on opening day as 3.5-point road underdogs, but they have reeled-off three victories since then both straight-up and against the spread including a 24-16 victory over the Argonauts in Week 2 as seven-point home favorites. The total stayed 'Under' the 53-point line in that game and it has now stayed under in two of their last three games.

Behind the play of quarterback Travis Lulay, BC is averaging 26 points a game. He has thrown for 974 total yards and seven touchdowns while completing 63.4 percent of his passes. The Lions have also gotten a solid effort from Andrew Harris running the ball. He is currently ranked third in the league in total yards with 296 on 54 carries. The big plus has been the play of the defense which is ranked second in the CFL in points allowed (84).

Toronto Overview

The defending 2012 Grey Cup Champs opened their season with a 39-34 win over Hamilton as 3.5-point home favorites. Toronto followed-up the loss to BC with a 39-28 loss to Saskatchewan as a two-point home favorite. It was able to get back on track last week with a 35-19 victory over Winnipeg as a 3.5-point road favorite to even its record on the year to 2-2 both SU and ATS. The total has gone 'Over' in three of its first four games.

The Argonauts have done a good job putting points on the board with an average of 29.5 a game, but the defense has basically given up as many points as the offense has scored. Ricky Ray leads the league in total passing yards with 1,203 and he has tossed eight touchdowns against zero interceptions. He left last week’s game against the Blue Bombers with a knee injury, but the extra time between games should hopefully have him back in the starting lineup for next Tuesday night.

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BC vs. Toronto Betting Lines and Trends

Opening CFL betting lines for this game have yet to be posted, but look for BC to be listed as a slight two or three-point road favorite for next Tuesday night’s game. The total should come in right around 53.

The Lions are 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games but 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The total has gone 'Over' in four of their last five games following a SU win.

The Argonauts are 4-1 ATS in their last five games at home and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall. The total has gone 'Over' in their last six home games.

Head-to-head in this matchup, the home team is 6-2 SU in the last eight games and 5-3 ATS. The total has stayed 'Under' in five of the last seven meetings. BC has won the last six games SU and is 5-1 ATS.

BC vs. Toronto Free CFL Pick

These two played each tough the first time around and you can expect more of the same next Tuesday night. While you never like to lay any points on the road, especially against a team like Toronto that can put a ton of points on the board, but the free CFL pick in this one is the Lions minus the points.

CFL Pick:  Bet BC Lions laying the points (Keep an eye out for choice odds once opening lines are posted) 

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