Blue Bombers vs. Eskimos
CFL Football: Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm (Investors Group Field)
The Line: Blue Bombers PK -- Over/Under: 56 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers meet Sunday in the CFL Division Semifinals at Investors Group Field.
The Edmonton Eskimos hope to redeem themselves after losing in the East Final last year, and they’ve won five straight games. The Edmonton Eskimos have won three straight road games. Mike Reilly is completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 5,830 yards, 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Reilly has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Brandon Zylstra and D'haquille Williams have combined for 2,402 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Vidal Hazelton has 55 receptions. The Edmonton Eskimos ground game is averaging 96.3 yards per contest, and Reilly leads the way with 390 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Edmonton is allowing 27.5 points and 362.2 yards per game. Kenny Ladler leads the Edmonton Eskimos with 86 tackles, Odell Willis has eight sacks and Johnny Adams has two interceptions.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers look for their first playoff victory since the 2011 season after many years of not qualifying. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have won five of their last seven home games. Matt Nichols is completing 71 percent of his passes for 4,472 yards, 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Nichols and Dan LeFevour have combined for 28 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions this season. Darvin Adams and Andrew Harris have combined for 1,977 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Weston Dressler has 51 receptions. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers ground game is averaging 101.3 yards per contest, and Harris leads the way with 1,035 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Winnipeg is allowing 27.3 points and 418.3 yards per game. Taylor Loffler leads the Winnipeg Blue Bombers with 75 tackles, Jamaal Westerman has seven sacks and Chris Randle has five interceptions.
The Eskimos are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff road games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Blue Bombers are 15-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Division Semifinals games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The under is 13-6-1 in the last 20 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Blue Bombers last 7 games overall and the over is 5-1 in Eskimos last 6 road games.
Winnipeg has won three of the last four meetings against Edmonton and will be playing in front of a packed house given the lack of playoff success recently. The Blue Bombers have been waiting for a moment like this for quite some time, and they have an offense that's going to give the Eskimos some trouble. While Edmonton has played much better football as of late, I'm giving the edge to the Blue Bombers at home in this playoff game.