BC Lions vs Edmonton Elks 8/6/22 CFL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Edmonton Elks vs BC Lions
August 6, 2022 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: BC Lions -10.5 / Edmonton Elks +10.5
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The Edmonton Elks and BC Lions meet Saturday in week 9 CFL action at the BC Place. The Edmonton Elks need a win to rebound from a 2-5 record. The BC Lions look to build on their impressive 5-1 start.

The Edmonton Elks have lost 13 of their last 16 regular season games. Nick Arbuckle is completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 892 yards, 2 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Kenny Lawler and Emmanuel Arceneaux have combined for 838 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, while Derel Walker has 22 receptions. The Edmonton Elks ground game is averaging 78.6 yards per contest, and James Wilder leads the way with 124 yards on 28 carries. Defensively, Edmonton is allowing 34.9 points and 386.3 yards per game. Ed Gainey leads the Edmonton Elks with 23 tackles, Thomas Costigan has 2 sacks and Brady Sheldon has 1 interception.

The BC Lions have lost 8 of their last 14 regular season games. Nathan Rourke is completing 79.3 percent of his passes for 1,941 yards, 16 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Dominique Rhymes and Keon Hatcher have combined for 945 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns, while Lucky Whitehead has 35 receptions. The BC Lions ground game is averaging 116.8 yards per contest, and James Butler leads the way with 396 yards and 3 touchdowns. Defensively, BC is allowing 20.2 points and 313.3 yards per game. Jordan Williams leads the BC Lions with 25 tackles, Sione Teuhema has 3 sacks and Garry Peters has 3 interceptions.

The Elks are 3-11-1 ATS in their last 15 Saturday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Lions are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 vs. West and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Elks last 5 games overall. The over is 9-2-1 in Lions last 12 games overall. The over is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings.

The Edmonton Elks have had covering success on the road, and they’ve had an extra week to prepare, so there’s a case to be made for the boatload of points. However, the BC Lions are making a case as the best team in the league with their balance, and they beat Edmonton in the opening week 59-15. The Edmonton Elks do nothing well on either side of the ball outside of their pass defense, which is second best in the league. It’s a big number, but BC should have no problem covering it, winning this game by 2 touchdowns. I’ll lay the chalk with the home team.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:
BC Lions -10.5
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