Blue Bombers (5-2) vs. Eskimos (7-0)
CFL Football: Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 8:30 pm (Investors Group Field)
The Line: Blue Bombers +1 -- Over/Under: 58.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers meet Thursday in CFL action at Investors Group Field.
The Edmonton Eskimos look for another victory to build on their impressive 7-0 start. The Edmonton Eskimos have won four straight road games. Mike Reilly is completing 72.7 percent of his passes for 2,329 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. Reilly has six touchdown passes in his last three games played. Brandon Zylstra and Vidal Hazelton have combined for 1,060 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Bryant Mitchell has 23 receptions. The Edmonton Eskimos ground game is averaging 96.6 yards per contest, and Travon Van leads the way with 207 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Edmonton is allowing 24.1 points and 333.9 yards per game. Kenny Ladler leads the Edmonton Eskimos with 35 tackles, Odell Willis has six sacks and Arjen Colquhoun has one interception.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers look for another victory to build on their three-game winning streak. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have won two of their last three home games. Matt Nichols is completing 68.9 percent of his passes for 2,024 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. Nichols has five touchdown passes in his last three games played. Darvin Adams and Weston Dressler have combined for 811 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Andrew Harris has 42 receptions. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers ground game is averaging 93.6 yards per contest, and Harris leads the way with 390 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Winnipeg is allowing 31.6 points and 402.1 yards per game. Taylor Loffler leads the Winnipeg Blue Bombers with 28 tackles, Jamaal Westerman has six sacks and TJ Heath has four interceptions.
The Eskimos are 9-4-2 ATS in their last 15 road games, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in August. The Blue Bombers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games, 8-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Eskimos are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Winnipeg, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are playing some good football right now that's kind of going unnoticed with the way the Eskimos are playing. I wouldn't be shocked if the Blue Bombers won this game, but we're getting a very small line with a team that's done nothing but win games this season. Also, Edmonton has won eight of the last nine meetings against Winnipeg. Sometimes you have to ride the hot hand until it runs cold. I'll take the Eskimos with this toss-up line.