Edmonton Eskimos (0-0) vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (0-0)
CFL Football: Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 8:30 pm (Investors Group Field)
The Line: Winnipeg Blue Bombers +6 -- Over/Under: 53 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers meet Thursday in CFL action at Investors Group Field.
The Edmonton Eskimos are coming off a 12-6 season that ended with them losing in the West Final. The Eskimos now have more quarterback depth with the signing of Kevin Glenn to go with Mike Reilly, giving this squad two experienced quarterbacks with over a combined 74,000 passing yards, something that could pay off in a big way down the line. Edmonton did lose some of its offensive playmakers, but there’s still enough here to be effective with the return of wide receivers Vidal Hazelton and Derel Walker, as well as running back CJ Gable, who should be posted for a breakout season. Defensively, playmaking cornerback Johnny Adams should hold down this unit after finishing second on the team in tackles, while Almondo Sewell will anchor the defensive line and look to build on his seven sacks a year ago. The Edmonton Eskimos have become one of the more consistent teams in the league, producing double-digit winning seasons each of the last four years.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are coming off a 12-6 season that ended with them losing in the West semifinal. Winnipeg has some serious questions at quarterback, as Matt Nichols enters the season on the six-game injured list due to a knee injury, leaving the decision in the short term likely to Alex Ross or Chris Streveler. It’s tough to compete in the CFL when you don’t have a proven quarterback, but there are no shortage of weapons to help whoever is the starter, as Darvin Adams is back after a 1,000 yard season, Andrew Harris is argubly the most complete running back in the CFL and Weston Dressler makes for one of the better third options in the passing game. Defensively, Winnipeg returns its top two tacklers from last year in Taylor Loffler and Jovan Santos-Knox, and Jackson Jeffcoat has a chance to be one of the top pass rushers in this league. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have a chance to have three straight double-digit winning seasons for the first time since 2001-03.
The Eskimos are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games in June and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Blue Bombers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games in June and 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Eskimos are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Winnipeg and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Winnipeg.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers don't have a quarterback right now, which is scary and can result in ugly scores, especially when playing a team such as Edmonton. However, Winnipeg has won four of the last six meetings against the Eskimos, and the Blue Bombers still have defensive guys who can keep them in this game. Also, first game of the season, there's sure to be a nice home crowd advantage for the Blue Bombers here, and we sometimes see odds scores early in the season. I want the poins in my pocket.