As we approach Monday's Canadian Football League (CFL) clash between the BC Lions and Toronto Argonauts on July 3rd, 2023, both teams look to keep their winning momentum alive. The BC Lions (-3) are favorites coming into this game, which comes with a point total of 47.5, but Toronto Argonauts (+145) are not a team to be overlooked.
The BC Lions have had a strong start to the season, currently boasting a season record of 3-0 SU (straight up) and 3-0 ATS (against the spread), with all three games going under the total (O/U: 0-3-0). They're also undefeated on the road (2-0 SU and ATS, O/U: 0-2-0), which bodes well for their confidence going into Toronto. In their last game, they convincingly beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 30-6.
Toronto Argonauts, on the other hand, have started the season with an unbeaten 2-0 SU record and ATS, with a balanced over/under record of 1-1-0. Their home record mirrors their season performance with a 1-0 SU, ATS, and O/U of 0-1-0. Their last game saw them victorious over the Edmonton Elks with a high-scoring 43-31 win.
Historically, the BC Lions have the upper hand, going 15-12 SU and ATS versus the Argonauts since '96. However, recent form and home advantage could be a catalyst for the Argonauts to tip the balance.
Statistically, BC Lions have been impressive in both offensive and defensive terms, scoring an average of 25.67 points per game while limiting opponents to just 7 points per game. Their away games average score is a strong 27.5-10.5, indicating a solid performance on both ends of the field.
The Toronto Argonauts have had a more offensive approach, scoring a whopping 37.5 points on average and allowing 22.5. Their home games average score of 32-14 shows their defensive capabilities when playing on their turf.
Both teams have performed exceptionally as the underdog this season, with BC winning two away games and Toronto securing a win in their single game as the home underdog.
Looking ahead, the Lions have a record of 12-9 SU (11-11-0 ATS, 12-8-2 O/U) in their next game before playing Montreal. The Argonauts who have another bye week next week, have a stronger 23-12 SU record (18-14-3 ATS, 13-22-0 O/U) prior to playing against Montreal. However, given that both teams have a full week to rest and prepare, it's likely we will see a highly competitive game this Monday.
In conclusion, while the BC Lions have been defensively superior this season, the high-scoring Toronto Argonauts will undoubtedly put up a fight. While the Lions are favored by 3 points, it could go either way in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.