Edmonton Elks vs BC Lions
August 19, 2021 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: BC Lions -4.5
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The Edmonton Elks and BC Lions meet Thursday in week 3 CFL action at the BC Place. The Edmonton Elks need a win to rebound from a quick 0-2 start. The BC Lions look for another win to get a game above a .500 record.
The Edmonton Elks have lost five of their last six games overall. Trevor Harris is completing 71.2 percent of his passes for 566 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Harris has two touchdown passes and five interceptions in his last three games. Derel Walker and Mike Jones have combined for 267 receiving yards on 20 catches while Shai Ross has eight receptions. The Edmonton Elks ground game is averaging 108 yards per contest, and James Wilder leads the way with 174 yards on 30 carries. Defensively, Edmonton is allowing 23 points and 246 yards per game. Nyles Morgan leads the Edmonton Elks with 10 tackles, Kwaku Boateng has two sacks and Mike Moore has two sacks.
The BC Lions have lost four of their last five games overall. Michael Reilly is completing 75.4 percent of his passes for 545 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Reilly and Nathan Rourke have combined for three touchdowns and two interceptions. Lucky Whitehead and Bryan Burnham have combined for 457 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Lemar Durant has 10 receptions. The BC Lions ground game is averaging 65.5 yards per contest, and James Butler leads the way with 61 yards on 19 carries. Defensively, BC is allowing 21 points and 331 yards per game. Bo Lokombo leads the BC Lions with 11 tackles, Odum Gwachum has two sacks and TJ Lee has one interception.
The Elks are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Lions are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Elks last 5 games overall. The under is 10-2 in Lions last 12 games overall. The Elks are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings.
The Edmonton Elks have won seven of the last nine meetings against the Lions, so there’s a case to be made for the free points. However, the Elks haven’t been able to finish either of their first two games and they’ve had issues stopping the run. The BC Lions have arguably been the best offensive team in the league through two contests and they finally get a home game. I’m not ready to give up on Edmonton just yet, but I have to side with BC and the reasonable chalk.