Edmonton Eskimos vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/17/14
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (3-0) vs. Edmonton Eskimos (3-0)
CFL Football: Thursday, July 17 2014 at 7:30 pm (Investors Group Field)
The Line: Edmonton Eskimos See the Latest Odds
The Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers will take the field Thursday night in a battle between two undefeated squads.
The Eskimos have found ways to win behind star quarterback Mike Reilly, who has completed more than 67 percent of his passes and has seven touchdowns in three games. Reilly has been the driving force behind an Edmonton offense that averages just under 28 points per game. Defensively is where the Eskimos have really made their mark felt so far this season, as they allow 307.7 yards and 18.3 points per game. Aaron Grymes and Dexter McCoil have combined for four interception and Almondo Sewell leads the league with five sacks. Edmonton’s defense is full of playmakers and will need to continue playing at a high level for these wins to keep piling up.
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The Blue Bombers have been an offensive machine thus far, averaging 379.7 yards and 38.3 points per game. Quarterback Drew Willy is second in the league with 871 passing yards in three games, and he’s tossed five touchdowns. Running back Nic Grigsby has also gotten in on the action, averaging more than five yards per carry on 41 rushing attempts. Defensively, the Blue Bombers allow 354.3 yards and 27.3 points. Defensive back Matt Bucknor is third in the league with 17 tackles. As long as Winnipeg continues to score at will, this team will be tough to beat.
The Eskimos are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Blue Bombers are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 0-4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Eskimos are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Winnipeg.
The Eskimos are solid defensively, but the spread isn't large enough to take the road team and the points. The Blue Bombers have been nearly unstoppable offensively and are at home. You have to like Winnipeg in this spot.