The visiting Edmonton Eskimos make the short trip along the Queen Elizabeth II Highway to battle the Canadian Football lines favorite Calgary Stampeders in the West Division final next Sunday. Now, let’s find out if Edmonton can pull off the upset or whether Calgary is the CLF odds pick to cover the chalk as home favorites.
Eskimos (13-6) vs. Stampeders (13-4) Canadian Football Lines & Preview
The boys in the trenches!
— Edmonton Eskimos (@EdmontonEsks) 16 de noviembre de 2017
- When: Sunday, November 19 at 4:30 PM ET
- Where: McMahon Stadium
- TV: TSN / ESPN2
- Canadian Football Lines: Calgary Stampeders -5 (Over/Under at 52)
- Mostly Sunny: 20°F
- Humidity: 82%
- Wind: North-northeast 2 mph
- Visibility: 10.0 mi
Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)
- Record: Calgary Stampeders lead 6-4
- Average Points Score: Edmonton Eskimos 23.30 / Calgary Stampeders 28.00
- Rush Yards: Edmonton Eskimos 74.40 / Calgary Stampeders 79.40
- Yards Per Rush: Edmonton Eskimos 4.25 / Calgary Stampeders 4.87
- Pass Attempts: Edmonton Eskimos 41.80 / Calgary Stampeders 34.00
- Completion Percentage: Edmonton Eskimos 66.27 / Calgary Stampeders 64.71
- Passing Yards: Edmonton Eskimos 305.10 / Calgary Stampeders 296.50
- Total Yards: Edmonton Eskimos 394.60 / Calgary Stampeders 382.90
- Turnovers: Edmonton Eskimos 1.20 / Calgary Stampeders 1.40
Why Bet the Eskimos Odds at +5?
Why bet on Edmonton in this contest? Because they’re clearly playing their best football of the season right now and are on fire.
The Eskimos won five straight games, including a 29-20 victory against the Stampeders in Week 19, to close out the regular season.
Edmonton has carried that momentum into the playoffs by getting past the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 39-32 in the Western semifinal. Edmonton has averaged 36 points per game over its last four road victories and hopes to reach its second Grey Cup in three seasons by notching its first victory in Calgary in more than two years.
Quarterback Mike Reilly has been nothing short of phenomenal this season and had another big day as he completed 23-of-33 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns against Winnipeg to go over 300 yards passing for the 13th time this season.
Slotback Brandon Zylstra set a franchise record with 10 100-yard receiving games and continued where he left off in the regular season as he hauled in eight passes for 156 yards and a touchdown against the Blue Bombers. C.J. Gable rushed for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns to take his total to 573 yards and four scores since joining the team in a trade with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at the beginning of October.
- Points: 28.89
- Passing Yards: 322.63
- Rush Yards: 98.58
- Points: 27.74
- Passing yards allowed: 253.00
- Rushing yards allowed: 99.53
- Turnover differential: -0.05
Why Bet the Stampeders Odds at -5?
Why bet on Calgary in this contest? Because they’ve been the more consistent team this season. The Stampeders won their second consecutive West Division title this season despite losing their last three games of the regular season. Calgary had been invincible at home, winning 17 straight games, but is coming off back-to-back losses at McMahon Stadium and hopes to regain the form which has seen them win 13 or more games in four straight seasons by avenging a 45-31 loss to Edmonton in 2015 Western final.
“I have faith that we are going to play well I really do,” Calgary coach Dave Dickenson told reporters. “We had a little bit of a hiccup late but we are ready to play… and show what we can do.”
Marken Michel, who caught 41 passes for 780 yards and three touchdowns in 2017, is ready to return after missing the last two games with a sore hamstring as Calgary has its top five wide receivers all healthy for the first time in months.
- Points: 29.06
- Passing Yards: 269.56
- Rush Yards: 92.39
- Points: 19.39
- Passing yards allowed: 236.17
- Rushing yards allowed: 85.22
- Turnover differential: -0.44
Latest Canadian Football Lines Trends
- Eskimos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games
- Eskimos are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 11 of Edmonton’s last 16 games
- Stampeders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games
- Stampeders are 11-3 SU in their last 14 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Calgary’s last 8 games
Expert Analysis and Prediction
I’m going to get right to the point by saying that I like Edmonton for the upset, seeing as how they’re on fire and Calgary has struggled in recent weeks.
Eskimos are a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight-up win and identical 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. While Calgary has gone 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games, the Stampeders are also just 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 playoff games, 3-7-2 ATS in their last 12 playoff home games and a winless 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. I smell an upset brewing people!
Pick: Edmonton +5