Travis Lulay is expected to return to the lineup this week. He has passed for 1845 yards, with eight touchdowns and four interceptions this season and is a calming influence on the offence.
The Stamps are close to clinching another West division, and a win here would almost do it. They enter this game winners of six of the last seven against the Lions. However, the Lions will be welcoming a new face to the starting quarterback position. Oddsmakers have made the Stampeders 10.5-point favourites in this contest.
The Stampeders continue to be the class of the CFL this season with a perfect 7-0 record on home turf (5-2 against the spread), and 12-2 straight up. The Lions on the other hand, have one of worst road records in the league at 1-6. They are also 4-9 (ATS) in their last 13 games on the road overall. Both of these teams have struggled against the spread within the division, as the Lions are 5-12-1 ATS in the last 18 games against the West, while the Stampeders are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against the West.
The Lions built up a massive first half lead on the road against the Argos, quickly watched it fall, but managed to hang onto a 26-23 decision in Toronto during week 17. The club is now tied with the Eskimos for fourth place in the West division, and still remain alive for that cross-over game in the East division. Running back Jeremiah Johnson picked a good time to have his best game of the season, racing for 118 yards on 19 carries. He was a big reason the Lions got the result they wanted in Toronto. Jonathan Jennings struggled at quarterback once again, throwing for 199 yards in the win, but there is good news on the horizon.
Veteran quarterback Travis Lulay, who dislocated his shoulder back on September 14, is expected to start this game against the Stamps. He has passed for 1845 yards, with eight touchdowns and four interceptions this season and is a calming influence on the offence. Defensive tackle Davon Coleman was named a CFL Top Performer of the week for his two-interception contribution to the Lions win this past weekend. The former Arizona State Sun Devil has a career-high 49 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions this season.
The Stampeders are coming off their worst offensive performance of the season this past week, a 12-6 win in Montreal. Although it was the club’s first win in Montreal since the 2013, its one they would rather forget. Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell had one of his worst CFL outings, throwing for just 199 yards and three interceptions. The team continues to struggle finding replacements for the five receivers currently on the IR. Canadian wideout Juwan Brescacin will get a chance to expand his role with the club, especially after his six catch, 78 yard effort in the win.
On the defensive side of the ball, it may have been one of their best games of the season as a group. The Stamps defense allowed just two field goals against and the Alouettes were inside the Stampeders 25 yard line just once the entire game. The defensive line led my Micah Johnson (two sacks) and Ja’Gared Davis (two sacks) sacked Johnny Manziel six times in the game. The Stamps magic number to clinch the division is two. Two Stampeder wins, or two Roughrider losses, or a combination of the two.