Lions vs. Eskimos
CFL Football: Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm (BC Place)
The Line: Lions -2 -- Over/Under: 57.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Edmonton Eskimos and BC Lions meet in an important CFL week 18 matchup Saturday night at the BC Place on TSN.
The Edmonton Eskimos look to build on their three-game winning streak and are fresh off a bye week. The Edmonton Eskimos have split their last six road games. Mike Reilly is completing 71.2 percent of his passes for 5,054 yards, 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Reilly has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Adarius Bowman and Derel Walker have combined for more than 3,000 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Cory Watson has 43 receptions. The Edmonton Eskimos ground game is averaging 98.6 yards per contest, and John White leads the way with 678 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Edmonton is allowing 28.1 points and 394.9 yards per game. Deon Lacy leads the Eskimos with 79 tackles, Almondo Sewell has eight sacks and J.C. Sherritt has three interceptions.
The BC Lions could use a strong bounce back victory after losing three of their last four games. The BC Lions have split their last six home games. Jonathon Jennings is completing 67 percent of his passes for 4,405 yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Jennings has five passing touchdowns in his last three games. Emmanuel Arceneaux and Bryan Burnham have combined for more than 2,300 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Shawn Gore has 58 receptions. The BC Lions ground game is averaging 106 yards per contest, and Jeremiah Johnson leads the way with 560 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, BC is allowing 27 points and 378.3 yards per game. Solomon Elimimian leads the Lions with 113 tackles, Alex Bazzie has 10 sacks and Anthony Gaitor has two interceptions.
The Eskimos are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 7-3 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Lions are 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Eskimos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in BC and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 meetings overall.
Edmonton has won four of the last five games against the BC Lions. However, the Lions were on the road for much of those games, and the home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the BC Lions and Edmonton Eskimos. I like teams in must-win spots at home, as you know you're going to get the best effort. The Eskimos have been shaky on the road this season and the Lions have owned this series against the spread over the years. I'll take the BC Lions at home with the cheap line.