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The BC Lions visit McMahon Stadium to face the Calgary Stampeders on Thursday night to open the 2023 Canadian Football League schedule.
PHIL WATSONJUN 8, 2023
The BC Lions open a new era on Thursday night in Calgary when they take on the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium. Quarterback Nathan Rourke, the Most Outstanding Canadian in the CFL last season, is now with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and former backup Vernon Adams Jr. moves into the starting role. The Lions were 12-6 last season, as were the Stampeders, but it was BC that ended Calgary's season with a 30-16 victory in the Western semifinals. In eight games last season, Adams threw for 1,504 yards and six touchdowns while being intercepted just once. He also averaged 9.2 yards a carry on the ground. How to Watch BC Lions at Calgary Stampeders Today: Game Date: June 8, 2023 Game Time: 9:00 p.m. ET TV: CBSSN Live stream the BC Lions at Calgary Stampeders game on Fubo: Start your free trial today! Calgary quarterback Jake Maier had just seven turnovers last season and the Stamps also have the league's leading rusher from a season ago. Ka'Deem Carey rushed for 1,088 yards in just 14 games. Malik Henry topped Calgary with 1,023 receiving yards. The Lions had a pair of 1,000-yard receivers last season in Dominique Rhymes and Lucky Whitehead. Both teams defended the run well last season, with BC allowing just 94.1 rushing yards per game. Calgary struggled at times against the pass in 2022, but its run defense was second-best in the league at 89.1 yards per game. Both the Lions and Stampeders are chasing the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL West. Winnipeg was 15-3 last season and played in the Grey Cup, losing 24-23 to Toronto. VANCOUVER — The BC Lions should have plenty of motivation when they welcome the Calgary Stampeders to BC Place on Saturday night. Not only is it a divisional game with a four-point swing, the Lions were defeated by Winnipeg 50-14 last week and will want to bounce back with a win. They’ll see a Stampeders team coming in riding high as they trampled the previously unbeaten Toronto Argonauts 20-7 in Week 9. Betts still leads the league with 10 sacks and is tasked with shutting down Ka’Deem Carey, who is likely to return to the lineup after being sidelined since the two team’s Week 1 matchup with a foot injury (he is listed as a game time decision). Carey and Dedrick Mills, who’s coming off a 137-yard performance, will provide a proven run game. Watch live. Calgary Stampeders @ BC Lions, Aug. 13, 01:00 CET (1 am, 7 pm Aug. 12 EDT) The Lions pass defense also ranks in the top half of the league, but were picked apart for 447 yards by the Blue Bombers, something that likely isn’t sitting well among veterans T.J. Lee, Garry Peters and Quincy Mauger. Their secondary will focus on veteran Reggie Begelton and Tre Odoms-Dukes, who returns to the lineup this week after missing Week 9’s contest. The first time the two met, the Lions were able to hold the Stamps to 165 passing yards. The offence will see starting quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. back under centre after he missed the past few weeks with injury. The return comes at a perfect time for head coach Rick Campbell’s team as Dane Evans exited their loss to the Bombers and is not dressing.