Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Edmonton Eskimos CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/31/15
Edmonton Eskimos (3-1) vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders (0-5)
CFL Football: Friday, July 31, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Commonwealth Stadium)
The Line: Edmonton -10.5 -- Over/Under: 49 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSN, RDS, ESPN2
The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Edmonton Eskimos play Friday night at Commonwealth Stadium.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are still looking for their first win of the season after an 0-5 start. Brett Smith is completing 40 percent of his passes for 12 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Kevin Glenn is questionable for this game with a shoulder injury. Weston Dressler and Ryan Smith have combined for close to 700 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Jamel Richardson has 250 receiving yards. The Saskatchewan Roughriders ground game is averaging 146.8 yards per contest, and Jerome Messam leads the way with 329 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Saskatchewan is allowing 33 points and 419.2 yards per game. Jeff Knox Jr. leads the Roughriders with 30 tackles, Jake Doughty has an interception and Alex Hall has two sacks.
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The Edmonton Eskimos look to get off to a 4-1 start and remain unbeaten at home. James Franklin is completing 60 percent of his passes for 124 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Franklin is coming off a three-touchdown performance last week. Adarius Bowman and Kenny Stafford have combined for close to 500 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Kendial Lawrence has two touchdowns and 11 catches. The Edmonton Eskimos ground game is averaging 114 yards per contest, and Shakir Bell leads the way with 239 yards on 30 carries. Defensively, Edmonton is allowing 14.5 points and 313.8 yards per game. Patrick Watkins leads the Eskimos with 18 tackles, John Ojo has two interceptions and Marcus Howard has five sacks.
The Roughriders are 15-33-3 ATS in their last 51 games following a ATS loss and 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Eskimos are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Roughriders are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Edmonton and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 meetings overall.
The Roughriders just can't catch a break despite having an offense that puts up insane numbers. The problem is Saskatchewan's defense that is giving up those points right back. The last eight meetings between these teams have been split down the middle. I can't eat this chalk, but I can take the over, as the Roughriders continue to play in high-scoring games due to its offense and defense loving the points.