Home and home series continue throughout week 5 in the CFL. With the Blue Bombers’ convincing 41-19 win over the Lions last week in Winnipeg, payback should be on the minds of the home team. But questions are starting to filter into the locker room, in particular, who will start at quarterback this week.
This is game two of a home-and-home series and game nine in the last three years, including one playoff game. The Bombers are 6-3 over that time, and 2-2 in BC. The Lions are a dismal 2-11-1 ATS in their last 14 games against the West, and 2-8 ATS in their last ten games dating back to last year. Head-to-head the Lions are 1-8-1 ATS against the Bombers in their last nine games. The Bombers are an impressive 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 meetings.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Linebacker Adam Bighill had a monster game against his ex-team last week. Playing against the Lions for the first time in his career he recorded six tackles and intercepted two passes, running one back for a touchdown and was named defensive player of the week. This weekend he’ll face the Lions for the first time in Vancouver.
Matt Nichols was back under center, showing some signs of having rust, but went 16 for 27 and passing for 162 yards leading the Bombers to a win. The offence will continue to get better with him at the pivot position. In fact, the Bombers are number one in points scored in the CFL with 144 in four games, for an average of 36 points per game.
The Lions enter this game on a two game losing streak, and have been pummelled in those two loses, giving up 82 points in the process. As disappointing as that stat is, how about this- last week in Winnipeg, the Lions defence did not record a hit on Bombers pivot Matt Nichols the entire game. Defensive co-ordinator Mark Washington has come under fire, and insiders are expecting a move if the defence doesn’t improve. The sad thing is, that isn’t even the Lions biggest concern.
Quarterback Jonathan Jennings continues to struggle this season and last week was no exception. Jennings was 19 for 24 only 105 yards (a season low in passing) before he was pulled for Cody Fajardo. Now, the talk in BC is whether or not Travis Lulay is ready to start this week against the Blue Bombers. Despite being on the sideline last week, Lulay did not see the field. The 34 year-old is still nursing an injury, but is getting closer to returning every day. This week at practice Jennings and Lulay split first team offence reps.