BC Lions vs Edmonton Eskimos Week 2 CFL Game Picks 6/21/2019
BC Lions vs Edmonton Eskimos
Friday, June 21, 2019
Mike Reilly and the BC Lions (0-1, 4th in the Western Conference) go to Commonwealth Stadium on Friday where they'll meet the Edmonton Eskimos (1-0, 1st in the Western Conference). Edmonton opens this contest as 4.5 point favorites. The over/under opens at 55.5.
The Lions were pretty good for wagerers last season, having gone 10-9 ATS. Edmonton covered the spread 44.4% of the time, going 8-10 against the spread. The Eskimos were great for Vegas as favorites, going 5-8 ATS. BC covered the spread 50.0% of the time as the underdog, having gone 6-6 against the spread.
Valuable BC Lions Betting Trends
The Lions were a terrible Over bet for O/U football wagerers, having gone 6-10.
The Lions covered the spread 40.0% of the time last season as the road team, having gone 4-6 ATS.
Important Edmonton Eskimos Betting Trends
Edmonton covered the spread 33.3% of the time last season at Commonwealth Stadium, going 3-6 against the spread.
The Eskimos were a pretty good Under bet for O/U football wagerers, having gone 8-9.
BC started the season on the wrong foot, losing 33-23 to Winnipeg last Saturday. Mike Reilly had a good game for BC, throwing for 324 yards and a touchdown while completing 22 passes. The Lions got another score on a spectacular 108-yard kickoff return by Brandon Rutley. Bryan Burnham also had a good game for BC, catching 5 balls for 153 yards. The Lions ran the ball only 4 times for 4 yards, so Edmonton shouldn't be too concerned about a rushing attack this week.
On defense the Lions were led by TJ Lee, who finished with 6 tackles. Sergio Castillo made all 3 of his field goal attempts for BC, finishing 3 for 3 including a long of 45 yards. Rutley finishing with an outstanding special teams day, returning 6 kickoffs for 226 yards and the touchdown.
Trevor Harris made a good debut for Edmonton, leading them to a 32-25 Week 1 win over Montreal at Commonwealth Stadium on Friday night. Harris scored the game-winning TD on a QB sneak after driving the Eskimos down the field in the last 2 minutes. Harris finished with an eye opening 447 yards passing and 3 touchdown passes to go along with his rushing TD. Kenny Stafford caught 2 of the touchdown passes from Harris, finishing with 7 catches for 98 yards. Ricky Collins Jr. also got in on the festivities, catching 9 passes for 175 yards. On the ground C.J. Gable ran for 154 yards on 20 carries and had a receiving TD to go along with 3 receptions for 29 yards.
On defense the Eskimos were led by Almondo Sewell, who finished the game with a team-high 5 tackles. Sean Whyte missed his lone field goal attempt, but it was from 51 yards out. Jordan Robinson paced the special teams unit with 7 kickoff returns for 131 yards.
One key to this game is to see how the Lions defense plans to slow down and offense that looks basically unstoppable after Week 1. Not only does Trevor Harris have a lot of weapons to go along with his experience, but C.J. Gable is a weapon that is hard to keep tabs on.
So who will win tonight's CFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Edmonton (-4.5)
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