Edmonton Eskimos vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers Week 3 CFL Tips 6/27/2019
Edmonton Eskimos vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Matt Nichols and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1-0, 2nd in the Western Conference) host the Edmonton Eskimos (2-0, 1st in the Western Conference) at IG Field on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Winnipeg opens this contest as 3.5 point favorites. The O/U has been set at 56.5.
The Eskimos are coming off a 39-23 win over the BC Lions in which they dominated the 2nd and 3rd quarters with a total of 31 points. Leading the way for the Eskimos was Trevor Harris, going 25 of 33 for 294 years and 3 touchdowns. Hauling in the majority of that yardage on the receiving end was Greg Ellingson with 9 receptions for 174 and 2 touchdowns. This gave him a whopping 19.3 yards per catch on the night. Also chipping in with a receiving touchdown was Tevaun Smith with 5 catches for 43 yards and a score. Adding to the Eskimos' well balanced attack was C.J. Gable with 111 yards on 23 carries for an average of 4.8 yards per carry. While Harris was the only player with a rushing TD, Gable wore Lions down over the course of the game.
The defense had a heck of a game in racking up 7 sacks as a unit. The Eskimos were led in tackles by Larry Dean with 7 while Nick Usher and Mike Moore both walked away with 2 sacks each to put an exclamation point on the night. In terms of special teams, Martese Jackson led the Eskimos with 3 kick returns for 66 yards and 2 punt returns for a total of 17 yards. Sean Whyte was a perfect 3-for-3 in field goals with a long of 46 yards.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are coming into this match up fresh off a 33 - 23 win over the BC Lions. In that game, the Lions started off hot and led the Blue Bombers by 3 at the half. The Blue Bombers came out of halftime on a mission and ended up winning in dominating fashion after having outscored the Lions 19 to 6 in the second half.
The Blue Bombers did this via a balanced attack on the night. Matt Nichols let the way going 21-of-33 through the air for a total of 184 yards and 3 scores giving him an average of 5.6 yards per toss. On the receiving end of those touchdowns were Devin Adams with 5 catches for 73 and a score as well as Drew Wolitarsky, who had 43 yards on 4 catches with 2 touchdowns. Andrew Harris led the Blue Bombers on the ground with 148 yards on 16 carries giving him an average of 9.2 yards per rush. The only rushing touchdown went to Chris Streveler who got that on 14 yards and 5 carries.
Chandler Fenner had 6 tackles on the night while Brandon Alexander and Kerfalla Exume had 5 tackles each. Charles Nelson racked up 60 yards in kick returns and 38 yards in punt returns on the night. The kicking game was led by Justin Medlock who was 1-for-1 on the night with a 30 yard field goal.
The matchup between the Eskimos and Blue Bombers should be a good one as two undefeated teams walk onto the field. Both of these teams have an excellent running game that should be two of the best this season. These two teams have combined for a 3-0 record which tells us that they may be seeing a lot of one another this season. In order for the Blue Bombers to pull of the win, they are going to have to get much more pressure on the QB than they did in their last outing. Trevor Harris torched the BC Lions and if the Blue Bombers aren't ready, they could be next on the list.
So who will win tonight's CFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Edmonton
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