BC Lions CFL Preview – 2013

After winning their third-straight division title in 2012, the Lions were upset in Round 2 of the playoffs by a Stampeders club they’ll face in Week 1

 

Lions general manager Wally Buono can never be accused of hanging onto players too long and following a disappointing playoff loss to Calgary, the West Coast youth movement was on. Coming off his first sub-1,000-yard receiving season in 10 years, veteran slotback Geroy Simon was traded to Saskatchewan for WR Justin Harper and a 2014 draft pick. Arland Bruce III was released along with defensive back Byron Parker, both of whom will visit with the Montreal Alouettes in Week 12.

 

Emmanuel Arceneaux’s return from the NFL should help to ease the minds of the Lions faithful and will bolster the Lions already prolific offense led by Travis Lulay, who signed a three-year deal during the off-season. BC’s defense led the league in fewest points allowed last season (20.4) and with the majority of starters returning it looks like they’ll be at a premium once again.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

The Lions went 8-1 straight-up (SU) at home during the regular season and 6-3 against the spread (ATS), with two of the non-covers coming against Eastern opponents. Four of their six overs came at BC Place, giving the Lions a record of 2 overs and 7 unders during road games.

 

– The Lions defense led the CFL in fewest points per game, rushing yards and passing yards allowed in 2012

 

CUP COUNTDOWN

PickSixtySports.com has tracked Grey Cup Odds at three separate sports betting outlets since early May and the Leos (+350) have moved back and forth between 3 to 1 and 7 to 2.

 

– In 2012, the Lions’ odds to win the Cup opened at +400 and closed at +302

 

CFL Season Win Total futures have been released and BC is listed at 11.5 Over (-115)

 

PLUS/MINUS

Key additions for the Lions include WR Emmanuel Arceneaux, DE Julius Williams and QB Joey Elliott

 

Subtractions: SB Geroy Simon, QB Mike Reilly, SB Arland Bruce, CB Byron Parker, S Cauchy Muamba, DT Khalif Mitchell and James Yurichuk

 

Read our 2013 CFL Eastern Conference Previews for online betting tips!

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS                 HAMILTON TIGER-CATS

TORONTO ARGONAUTS                       MONTREAL ALOUETTES

 

FINAL WORD

The Lions drew a fantastic schedule in 2013 starting with a playoff-revenge game in Calgary Week 1. After that its home for a non-divisional game followed by a home-and-home with the Eskimos. BC’s only trips to the East during the first-half of the season fall in Week’s 5 (at Toronto) and 9 (at Montreal) and in-between the Lions get two home dates sandwiching a bye week. The second-half gets tougher but if Lulay can stay healthy we could see at least 12 wins as BC goes after its third-straight West division title.

 

CFL betting previews for the rest of the West will be posted here throughout the next week as we countdown to kickoff!