Edmonton Eskimos vs BC Lions Week 5 CFL Picks & Predictions 7/12/2019
Friday, July 12, 2019
Mike Reilly and the BC Lions (1-3, 4th in the Western Conference) host the Edmonton Eskimos (2-1, 3rd in the Western Conference) at BC Place on Friday, July 12, 2019. Edmonton opens this matchup as 2.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 55.5.
Key Edmonton Eskimos Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key BC Lions Injuries
No key injuries to report
The Edmonton Eskimos head into this matchup 2-1 this season. They are ranked 3rd in the Western Conference. They are one of top scoring teams in the league averaging 30.7 points per game, which has them at 2nd in the Western Conference as well as 3rd in the CFL. As a unit, they are averaging 125.3 rushing yards per game which is 2nd in the Western Conference, and they currently sit at 1st in the Western Conference for passing yards per contest with 360.3. For total yardage, they currently sit at 2nd in the Western Conference and 3rd in the CFL with 1,457 yards, and an average yards per game of 485.7 which has them at 1st in the Western Conference and 1st in the CFL. When it comes to getting in the endzone, the Eskimos currently have a total of 6 passing TDs and 2 rushing touchdowns which is 5th in the Western Conference. They are one of the dangerous teams in the Western Conference and they are capable of putting up big points on any given night.
The Eskimos have one of the middle tier defenses in the CFL giving up 25.3 points per game, which has them at 3rd in the Western Conference and 4th in the CFL. In terms of yards rushing, Edmonton is giving up 90 yards per contest which has them at 3rd in the Western Conference and 3rd in the CFL. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 5.62 yards per rush which has them at 5th in the Western Conference and 8th in the CFL overall. In total, they have allowed 270 rushing yards through 3 games. When it comes to yards through the air, the Eskimos have allowed 459 yards over the course of 3 games. This equates to an average of 153 yards per contest, which has them at 1st in the CFL and 1st in the Western Conference. Teams are completing 54.7% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 7.2 yards per attempt. They have allowed 6 passing TDs and 2 rushing touchdowns. In total, they are giving up 243 yards per contest which has them at 1st in the Western Conference and 1st overall. When analyzing the stats, this team has an average defense that will have to perform well if they want to get the victory.
The BC Lions will be on the other side of the field and will be looking to put in a winning effort this next game. In discussing the offensive production, the Lions leave a lot to be desired in terms of scoring in the CFL. The Lions head into this game 1-3 and they currently sit at 4th in the Western Conference. When looking at their ability to score points, the Lions currently sit at 3rd in the conference and 4th out of all the teams in the league averaging 24 points per game. So far this season, the Lions have passed the ball for a total of 1,021 passing yards which breaks down to 255.2 passing yards per game which ranks them 7th in the league and 4th in the conference. BC needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 79.8 yards per game, which ranks them 7th in the league and 4th in the conference. As a team, they have compiled a total of 319 yards rushing through 4 contests, so they will want to continue to try to improve on the run game so opponents will have to respect all facets of the game. The BC Lions average 335 yards per game overall which ranks them 8th in the league and 5th in the conference.
The BC Lions are conceding 31.2 points per game ranking them 5th in the conference and 6th in the league. When it comes to points allowed, they have allowed 125 points in total. When it comes to yards rushing, they are conceding 89 yards per game ranking them 2nd in the league and 2nd in the conference. In 2019, they have allowed a total of 356 yards rushing and 3 rushing touchdowns. Their passing defense is one of the mediocre groups in the league. They are conceding 272.2 passing yards per game and 1,089 total passing yards over the period of 4 contests. For passing yards allowed per game, the Lions currently sit at 4th in the conference and 5th in the league. They have allowed 10 passing TDs for 2019 which ranks them 9th out of all the teams in the league and 5th in the conference.
Who will win tonight's Eskimos/Lions CFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Eskimos -2.5
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