BC Lions Visit Edmonton For CFL Betting Battle
By: Matty Simo
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The British Columbia Lions will be looking to snap a three-game series losing streak and win for just the second time this season when they visit the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday. The Lions (1-6) have struggled defensively for most of the year and will be facing an Edmonton team that returns home after dropping two straight on the road by a combined 35 points.
Kick off from Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton is 6:00 p.m. (PT). The Don Best odds screen is listing the Eskimos as a 6-point home favorites with Saturday's total 50½.
The Eskimos (5-2) sputtered offensively in losing their last two at Montreal and Winnipeg, averaging just 10 points after scoring 24 or more in each of their first five games at home. The ‘under’ is 4-1 in their past five overall following a 27-4 loss to the Alouettes last Thursday, as kicker Damon Duval accounted for all of the team’s scoring with a field goal and single.
Edmonton has not only won three in a row against British Columbia straight up but also covered the CFL spread in each victory. The Eskimos had no problems scoring in those games, averaging nearly 31 points with the total going ‘over’ twice.
However, Edmonton has been bitten by the injury bug recently, losing slotback Jason Barnes to fractured ribs and receiver Marcus Henry to a concussion in the latest loss. The Eskimos are already without star slotback Fred Stamps due to an abdominal injury that is expected to keep him out another 3-5 weeks.
The Lions hope to take advantage of that situation and have seen the ‘under’ cash in their last three games along with four of five, including a 30-17 home loss to the Bluebombers on Saturday. They failed to cover as 1 ½-point favorites and were outscored in the second and third quarters, 27-3.
That was BC’s second loss to Winnipeg in three games with a 24-11 win over Saskatchewan sandwiched in between. The Lions got off to a much better start against the Roughriders, building a 20-10 halftime lead and then holding a 4-1 advantage in the final two quarters.
British Columbia was able to put the clamps on Edmonton in its last win in the series last July 4, pulling off a 25-10 upset on the road as a 4-point underdog. That game is one of only three meetings in the past 12 to go ‘under’ the total.
The Eskimos are just 10-26-1 ATS in their last 37 games against teams with a losing record and have been outscored by an average of more than 11 points in failing to cover their past three.
There is a 30 percent chance of showers in Edmonton on Friday with a projected high temperature of 68 degrees cooling down to 53 at night.