Eskimos vs. Lions
CFL Football: Friday, September 23, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Commonwealth Stadium)
The Line: Eskimos -1 -- Over/Under: 55 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The BC Lions and Edmonton Eskimos clash late Friday night at Commonwealth Stadium on TSN.
The BC Lions look to keep the ball rolling after winning five of their last six games. Jonathon Jennings is completing 65.3 percent of his passes for 3,030 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. Jennings has two passing touchdowns in his last three games. Bryan Burnham and Emmanuel Arceneaux have combined for more than 1,600 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Shawn Gore has 48 receptions. The BC Lions ground game is averaging 110.4 yards per contest, and Jeremiah Johnson leads the way with 468 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, BC is allowing 24.8 points and 359.9 yards per game. Solomon Elimimian leads the Lions with 76 tackles, Alex Bazzie has 10 sacks and Loucheiz Purifoy has one interception.
The Edmonton Eskimos are in need of a big home win to snap a three-game losing streak. Mike Reilly is completing 69.6 percent of his passes for 4,053 yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Reilly has four touchdown passes in his last three games. Adarius Bowman and Derel Walker have combined for more than 2,400 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Cory Watson has 43 receptions. The Edmonton Eskimos ground game is averaging 87.6 yards per contest, and John White leads the way with 429 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Edmonton is allowing 29.3 points and 403.8 yards per game. Deon Lacy leads the Eskimos with 68 tackles, Almondo Sewell has seven sacks and J.C. Sherritt has three interceptions.
The Lions are 23-11 ATS in their last 34 games in September and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Eskimos are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Lions are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings.
It's hard not to take BC here with this line nearly a pickem, as the Lions are in much better form and have had an extra week to prepare. However, the Eskimos are in need of a victory after hitting a rough patch and will be motivated to bounce back after losing back-to-back overtime games. Edmonton has also beaten BC in four of the last five meetings.
Give me the home team.