Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Edmonton Eskimos
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 8:00 PM (Commonwealth Stadium)
The Line: Edmonton Eskimos -6 -- Over/Under: 47.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Edmonton Eskimos meet Friday in CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers look for another victory to build on their impressive 7-2 start to the season. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have split their last four road games. Matt Nichols is completing 71.3 percent of his passes for 1,936 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions. Nichols has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last 14 games. Lucky Whitehead and Andrew Harris have combined for 682 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Nic Demski has 22 receptions. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers ground game is averaging 136.1 yards per contest, and Harris leads the way with 819 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Winnipeg is allowing 19 points and 331.1 yards per game. Chandler Fenner leads the Winnipeg Blue Bombers with 49 tackles, Willie Jefferson has five sacks and Winston Rose has six interceptions.
The Edmonton Eskimos look for a statement win after winning four of their last six games. The Edmonton Eskimos have won all four home games this season. Trevor Harris is completing 72 percent of his passes for 3,051 yards, 13 touchdowns and two interceptions. Harris has three or more touchdown passes in six of his last 12 games. Ricky Collins and Greg Ellingson have combined for 1,431 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Kenny Stafford has 30 receptions. The Edmonton Eskimos ground game is averaging 97.7 yards per contest, and CJ Gable leads the way with 667 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Edmonton is allowing 18.2 points and 282.2 yards per game. Larry Dean leads the Edmonton Eskimos with 40 tackles, Mike Moore has six sacks and Tyquwan Glass has two interceptions.
The Blue Bombers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 22-10 ATS in their last 32 road games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Eskimos are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Friday games, 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Blue Bombers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Edmonton. The under is 6-1 in Eskimos last 7 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Blue Bombers last 5 games in August.
This line has everything to do with Matt Nichols being out with an arm injury, so while the Blue Bombers were my pick to win the Grey Cup and we've rode them hard this season, it's hard to make a case for them on the road against a good team without their starting QB. The Edmonton Eskimos win at home by an average of 13.2 points and are averaging over 450 yards of total offense in their last five games. Without a starting quarterback, it's going to be tough for the Blue Bombers to keep up.