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CFL: Blue Bombers, Lions likely to put on an air show

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Two prolific passing attacks will go head-to-head Friday night when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers visit the B.C. Lions for a CFL West Division clash in Vancouver.

It is the first meeting this season between the division-leading Blue Bombers (6-1) and the Lions (4-3). Winnipeg is on a four-game winning streak, and B.C. has won three of its past four contests.

The Lions average a league-leading 294.9 yards per game through the air. Michael Reilly leads the CFL in passing yards (1,870) and completion percentage (74.4) with 10 touchdown passes and just one interception.

Reilly’s top target is Lucky Whitehead, who leads the league in receiving yards (665) and 100-yard games (four) and has found the end zone four times.

Reilly and Whitehead were both named CFL top performers for the month of September.

“I still think me and him have a long way to go and that just shows you what the ceiling is because we’ve had a lot of success together so far,” Reilly told The Province of his partnership with Whitehead.

Winnipeg’s Zach Collaros ranks second in the league with 1,731 passing yards and has 10 TDs and four picks. Kenny Lawler is the Blue Bombers’ top receiver with 498 yards on 33 catches and three touchdowns.

The Bombers have been idle since a 37-22 win against the Edmonton Elks on Sept. 18. Adam Bighill and DeAundre Alford scored defensive touchdowns for Winnipeg.

Bighill will be back in the spotlight Friday night as he returns to Vancouver, where the four-time All-Star linebacker played from 2011-16.

“Look, it still means something, because there’s still a lot of fans in B.C. who still support me,” Bighill told the Blue Bombers team website. “I’ve always got love for them.”

The Lions are coming off a 31-24 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders last Friday night.

The teams will meet again in Winnipeg on Oct. 23.

For B.C., running back Chris Rainey (hamstring), defensive back Marcus Sayles (calf) and wide receiver Jevon Cottoy (glute) did not practice Wednesday. Winnipeg fullback Mike Miller (hip), linebacker Kevin Brown (shoulder), defensive back Noah Hallett (knee) and offensive lineman Pat Neufeld (shoulder) did not participate Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

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