Eskimos (7-8) vs. Lions (10-4)
Headline: Eskimos Look to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive with Visit to BC in Week 17
With the CFL season coming to a close a few teams have already qualified for the post season while others are clawing their way toward a possible berth. The BC Lions are one of those teams that are in – Edmonton needs wins down the stretch to get into the playoffs.
Edmonton Eskimos (7-8) vs. BC Lions (11-4)
Date/Time: Friday, October 18, 10:00 PM ET
Venue: BC Place Stadium
Eskimos vs. Lions Betting Lines from Bodog (Bovada if in USA)
Spread: Lions -8 (-110)
Over/Under: 46 1/2 points
The two teams clash in BC on Friday night to renew what has traditionally been a terrific matchup – each team has won on the others’ home field this year in a pair of hard-fought games.
The Edmonton Eskimos are coming off a good win at home against Saskatchewan last week. They still sit in last place in the West but can take aim at a possible crossover scenario to qualify in the Eastern bracket of the postseason.
They will be guided by grizzly veteran Kerry Joseph this week who is coming off a performance in which he went 19-29 for 280 yards and three touchdowns.
Edmonton rolls in with the 7th ranked passing game in the league – not exactly scintillating and the 5th ranked running game.
They are averaging 23.40 points per game – good for sixth in the CFL. But this offense seems to have found something since Kerry Joseph took over – Fred Stamps looks like his old self and Hugh Charles has been afforded some more room to roam.
Underestimating this team would be a mistake – they Eskies have played some OK ball the last couple of weeks and they always seem to get up for a game with the Lions.
Edmonton’s defense continues to be a bit of a sore spot however this season. They are 7th against the pass and 8th against the run.
BC is coming off an impressive win at Hamilton last week in a game that Travis Lulay was able to shake the fact that he was without his top two receiving threats and dominate.
Lulay finished last week 27-34 for 343 yards and two TDs extending his streak to 26 straight games with a TD pass – he is now 8 games behind the CFL record 34 straight with a TD pass held by Sam Etcheverry.
Andrew Harris continues to be the best player on the field outside of Travis Lulay. He gained another 68 yards on the ground and 53 yards through the air. On the season Harris has reeled in 69 balls for 682 yards and four TDs.
Harris is also currently third in the league with 983 yards rushing on 160 attempts, adding another six majors by way of the run.
Names like Courtney Taylor and Shawn Gore have taken over from Geroy Simon and Arland Bruce in the passing game – it doesn’t matter who the Lions trot out there, Travis Lulay will make them look good.
The Lions will obviously pose a good test for the Eskimos offense. BCs defense is #1 versus the run and the pass and they give up a league low 19.20 points per game.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Edmonton’s last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Edmonton’s last 5 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Edmonton’s last 6 games when playing on the road against British Columbia
- Edmonton is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
- British Columbia is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games at home
- British Columbia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- British Columbia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Edmonton
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of British Columbia’s last 13 games
The Lions are simply in a different class than the Eskimos but Edmonton has a knack of keeping these games close.
I think the trend continues.
Edmonton has a lot more to play for and with Kerry Joseph looking poised at QB; the Eskimos should be able to give the Lions a run.