Eskimos vs. Roughriders
CFL Football: Friday, August 25, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Commonwealth Stadium)
The Line Eskimos -13.5 -- Over/Under: 56 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Edmonton Eskimos play Friday night at Commonwealth Stadium on ESPN2.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are desperate for a victory after a brutal 1-7 start to the season. Darian Durant is completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,480 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Durant has one touchdown pass in his last three games. Naaman Roosevelt and Ricky Collins have combined for more than 1,100 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Rob Bagg has 28 receptions. The Saskatchewan Roughriders ground game is averaging 64 yards per contest, and Curtis Steele leads the way with 133 yards on 24 carries. Defensively, Saskatchewan is allowing 35.8 points and 420.6 yards per game. Greg Jones leads the Roughriders with 42 tackles, A.C. Leonard has three sacks and Justin Cox has two interceptions.
The Edmonton Eskimos need a big home win in order to get a game above a .500 record. Mike Reilly is completing 70.1 percent of his passes for 2,843 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. Reilly has three touchdown passes in his last three games. Adarius Bowman and Derel Walker have combined for more than 1,700 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Cory Watson has 29 receptions. The Edmonton Eskimos ground game is averaging 72.9 yards per contest, and John White leads the way with 354 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Edmonton is allowing 27.8 points and 400.8 yards per game. Deon Lacy leads the Eskimos with 50 tackles, Almondo Sewell has six sacks and J.C. Sherritt has three interceptions.
The Roughriders are 3-14-1 ATS in their last 18 road games and 19-39-3 ATS in their last 61 games overall. The Eskimos are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in August. The Roughriders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Edmonton and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 meetings overall.
Saskatchewan has been the punching bag in the CFL all season and five of its seven losses have come by double digits. We're talking about a team that is fresh off a 53-7 loss to Hamilton. Not to mention Edmonton has beaten Saskatchewan in four straight meetings. So, while not a fan of big chalk, the Roughriders once again leave me no choice.