Lions vs. Eskimos
CFL Football: Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 10:00 pm (BC Place)
The Line: Lions -3 -- Over/Under: 58 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Edmonton Eskimos and BC Lions meet Saturday in CFL action at the BC Place.
The Edmonton Eskimos look for another successful season after a 10-8 record and losing in the East Final. Mike Reilly returns at quarterback after throwing for more than 5,500 yards and 28 touchdowns, easily his best season of his CFL career that began in 2011. Wide receiver duo Adarius Bowman and Brandon Zylstra returns after combining for more than 2,200 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. The ground game will continue to get a boost from John White, who rshed for 886 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Defensively, J.C. Sherritt is back after 77 tackles with Edmonton, Almondo Sewell had 11 sacks and Kenny Ladler had two interceptions. The Edmonton Eskimos return enough talent to be considered a serious Grey Cup title contender.
The BC Lions also look for a fast start after finishing 12-6 last season and losing in the West Final. Jonathon Jennings is back at QB after throwing for more than 5,200 yards and 27 touchdowns while completing 67 percent of his passes in his first real season as a starting quarterback. Wide receiver duo Emmanuel Arceneaux and Bryan Burnham return after combining for more than 2,900 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. Jeremiah Johnson also returns at running back after leading BC with 809 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, the BC Lions return leading tackler Solomon Elimimian, defensive lineman Craig Roh and veteran defensive back Anthony Gaitor.
The Eskimos are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games in June, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. West and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Lions are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The Eskimos are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings in BC and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The home team has won the last six meetings between Edmonton and BC, as the road team hasn't won a game since June of 2014. BC also lost just three home games last season and is 4-1 SU in its last five overall at the BC Place. Sometimes it's all about the trends when you have two solid football teams. The BC Lions should be able to protect home field like they have in the past and get the victory here.