Free CFL Picks: Toronto vs. BC Week 2 Preview

David Schwab

Monday, July 1, 2013 7:33 PM GMT

The Toronto Argonauts will make their first trip out west this season when they square-off against the British Columbia Lions.


Kick-off for this inter-division clash is set for 10 PM (ET) this Thursday night at BC Place in Vancouver, and the game will be broadcast in Canada on TSN.

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Toronto Overview

The defending Grey Cup Champions took a solid first step in pursuit of another league title with an opening day 39-34 victory over Hamilton as a 4.5-point home favorite. The total went well OVER the 56.5-point line. Toronto found itself trailing 21-8 in this contest after the first quarter but it outscored the Tiger-Cats 14-3 in the second half to help secure the win.

Ricky Ray certainly made his presence felt in last week’s game by completing 70.6 percent of his 34 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns against zero interceptions. The big target in the passing game was Chad Owens, who hauled-in nine catches for 95 yards. Slotback Jason Barnes only had four receptions but two were for scores. Chad Kackert did an excellent job running the ball with 112 yards on just 10 carries.

BC Overview

The Lions were hoping to make a splash on the road in their season opener against West Division rival Calgary, but they found themselves buried in a 31-6 hole at the half that they could not climb out of. The result was a 44-32 loss to the Stampeders as 3.5-point underdogs in a game that went OVER the 52-point total.

Travis Lulay passed for 282 yards and three touchdowns, but he only completed 58.3 percent of his passes and was picked-off once. He also ran the ball four times for 55 yards and was the team’s leading rusher. The bigger concern for BC was its total inability to stop the run. Its defense was torched for close to 200 yards on the ground which kept it on from getting off the field on a number of occasions.

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Toronto vs. BC Betting Lines and Trends

BC has been opened as a 3.5-point home favorite by BetOnline on its opening CFL lines and the total has been set at 52.

The Argonauts are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight road games and 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight-up win. The total has gone OVER in five of their last seven games following a SU win.

The Lions are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a SU loss. The total has gone OVER in their last four Week 2 games.

Head-to-head in this matchup, Toronto is 1-7 SU in the last eight meetings and 1-4 ATS in the last five games between the two. The total has stayed UNDER in four of the last six meetings.

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Toronto vs. BC Free CFL Pick

Toronto looked good last week at home against Hamilton last week, but beating the Lions on the road is a whole other story. For your CFL picks, stick with BC to bounce back in a big way to win and cover the 3.5 points.

CFL Pick: British Columbia -3.5 at The Greek

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