Eskimos (11-7) vs Lions (11-7)
The Edmonton Eskimos and BC Lions meet on Sunday in the CFL’s Western Division Final with the winner earning a right to play for the Grey Cup a week later on the very same field. It is a meeting of two of the best offenses in the CFL – needless to say, this one should be fun!
EDMONTON ESKIMOS vs. BRITISH COLUMBIA LIONS
Date/Time: Sunday, November 20, 4:30 PM ET
Venue: BC Place, Vancouver, British Columbia
Eskimos vs. Lions Betting Lines from Bovada.eu
Spread: BC -6
Moneyline: Edmonton +210: BC -250
Over/Under: 49 ½ points
The Edmonton Eskimos calmly dispatched the Calgary Stampeders last week in impressive fashion. Ricky Ray and the offense proved too much for the Stampeders defense. The combination of a good running game and an equally effective passing game served the Eskimos well during the 2011 season and the balance continued in the first round of the playoffs.
Ricky Ray, the unquestioned bounce back player of the year ranked 3rd in the CFL in passing this season – 4594 yards, 24 touchdowns and a very respectable 11 interceptions on the year.
Ray has the CFL 4th leading receiver Adarius Bowman playing at a very high level and also has Fred Stamps in the fold, healthy and ready to terrorize.
Expect the passing game to be a key cog on Sunday, Edmonton’s running game took a major hit with the news that Jerome Messam is out for the season with a knee injury. Somehow, the Eskimos have to find a way to replace 1095 yards and six touchdowns.
Edmonton’s defense was pretty good this season limiting their opponents to a very respectable 22.3 points per game.
The BC Lions earned their bye! After starting the season miserably the team came together and went 11-2 down the stretch. Suffice to say, BC is the hottest team in the CFL going into the playoffs.
Defensively, the team has come together and offensively, they have the second best Quarterback and the second best receiver in the game.
Travis Lulay’s ascension to the elite class of quarterback couldn’t have been predicted.
He passed for an incredible 4800 yards this season and finished tied for the league lead in touchdowns with 32. With Geroy Simon and Arland Bruce in the mix, it is no wonder that Lulay found some success this season. Andrew Harris has been strong out of the backfield adding to the danger that the BC offense presents.
BC’s defense has been strong all season long and gave up just 21.4 points per game – 2nd in the CFL.
They are solid in absolutely every aspect of the game and will cause fits for Ricky Ray and company.
Betting Prediction: The Edmonton Eskimos were 5-4 SU and ATS on the road this season while the Lions were 6-3 SU and ATS at home. BC won the last three meetings between the clubs including the last two in British Columbia.
The Edmonton Eskimos will really miss Jerome Messam in this game. To be successful at this point of the season, teams will need to be functioning at a high level in every aspect of the game. One key injury could mean the difference between winning and losing.
The Lions are healthy, the Eskimos are not. BC is at home where they have been strong, Edmonton is not!
It all adds up to a BC win.
I am not crazy about the 6 point spread but I am crazy about the Lions chances of winning on Sunday!
Pick: BC Lions -6