Argonauts (4-7) vs. Eskimos (7-4)
CFL Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm (BMO Field)
The Line: Argonauts +1 -- Over/Under: 51.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts meet Saturday in CFL action at BMO Field.
The Edmonton Eskimos are getting desperate for a victory to snap a four-game losing streak. The Edmonton Eskimos have won three of their last five road games. Mike Reilly is completing 70.3 percent of his passes for 3,626 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Reilly has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. Brandon Zylstra and D'haquille Williams have combined for 1,498 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Vidal Hazelton has 42 receptions. The Edmonton Eskimos ground game is averaging 86.2 yards per contest, and LaDarius Perkins leads the way with 319 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Edmonton is allowing 29.1 points and 359.8 yards per game. Kenny Ladler leads the Edmonton Eskimos with 56 tackles, Odell Willis has six sacks and Johnny Adams has two interceptions.
The Toronto Argonauts also need a big win after losing five of their last six games. The Toronto Argonauts have won three of their last five home games. Ricky Ray is completing 69.7 percent of his passes for 3,343 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Ray has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last six games. S.J. Green and Armanti Edwards have combined for 1,582 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Anthony Coombs has 47 receptions. The Toronto Argonauts ground game is averaging 65.4 yards per contest, and Brandon Whitaker leads the way with 318 yards and on 71 carries. Defensively, Toronto is allowing 25.3 points and 340.6 yards per game. Bear Woods leads the Toronto Argonauts with 60 tackles, Victor Butler has seven sacks and Cassius Vaughn has three interceptions.
The Eskimos are 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 road games, 1-4-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 3-7-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Argonauts are 17-35 ATS in their last 52 home games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Eskimos are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Toronto, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the over is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.
The Eskimos have fallen off rather quickly, so I'm not sure why they're the favorites on the road right now even if it's just one point. Sure, the Toronto Argonauts haven't been much better as of late, but they have had success at home and the home team has won seven of the last nine meetings between these two teams. So, in a toss-up game between two struggling squads, I'm going to give the edge in Toronto at home based on the history. It also doesn't hurt that the Argonauts are better on the defensive side.