BC Lions vs. Edmonton Eskimos CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/9/18
Edmonton Eskimos (5-2) vs. BC Lions (2-4)
CFL Football: Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 10:00 pm (BC Place)
The Line: BC Lions +3.5 -- Over/Under: 54 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSN, ESPN2
The Edmonton Eskimos and BC Lions meet Thursday in CFL action at BC Place.
The Edmonton Eskimos look for a fourth straight victory to build on their impressive 5-2 record. The Edmonton Eskimos have won two of their last three road games. Mike Reilly is completing 66.4 percent of his passes for 2,320 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. Reilly has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last six games. D'haquille Williams and Derel Walker have combined for 1,330 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Kenny Stafford has 29 receptions. The Edmonton Eskimos ground game is averaging 100.6 yards per contest, and CJ Gable leads the way with 481 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Edmonton is allowing 23.9 points and 367.1 yards per game. J.C. Sherritt leads the Edmonton Eskimos with 40 tackles, Kwaku Boateng has five sacks and Monshadrik Hunter has one interception.
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The BC Lions need a feel good victory here after losing four of their last five games. The BC Lions have lost four of their last six home games. Travis Lulay is completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 932 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Jonathon Jennings and Lulay have combined for six touchdown passes and five interceptions this season. Emmanuel Arceneaux and Bryan Burnham have combined for 696 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Ricky Collins has 20 receptions. The BC Lions ground game is averaging 98.3 yards per contest, and Jeremiah Johnson leads the way with 272 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, BC is allowing 27.5 points and 418 yards per game. Garry Peters leads the BC Lions with 27 tackles, Odell Willis has four sacks and Winston Rose has two interceptions.
The Eskimos are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. West and 4-9-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Lions are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 4-10-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. West. The Eskimos are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
The Edmonton Eskimos have won eight of the last 10 meetings against the BC Lions and most of those games weren't even close, and that includes a 19-point win back in late June. BC has played a ton of road games this season, so finally coming home should help, but this is a team that's also had issues scoring touchdowns and the defense gives up way too many big plays. Based on the onesided history between these two teams, I'll take the Eskimos by a touchdown.