Edmonton Elks vs BC Lions Prediction, 8/19/2021 CFL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Edmonton Elks vs BC Lions
Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Location: BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Edmonton Elks (+5)
BC Place Stadium is the venue where and the BC Lions (1-1) will play the Edmonton Elks (0-2) on Thursday. Edmonton opens this game as 5-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 42.5. The starting quarterbacks are Trevor Harris and Michael Riley.
In their last game the Elks went up against the Alouettes and ended up taking the loss by a score of 30-13. Trevor Harris went 19/29 with 233 yards passing and tossed 1 touchdown. He finished the game without throwing an interception. James Wilder Jr. led the team on the ground for that game. His longest run of the day went for 17 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He racked up a total of 85 yards via 15 carries which had him averaging 6.0 yards per tote. Mike Jones led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 70 yards on 5 catches. He had an average of 14.0 yards per catch for that game.
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The Elks have attained 741 total yards over the course of this season. As a unit they're averaging 108.0 yards via the ground game ranking them 3rd in the league. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, Edmonton has compiled 1 touchdown and 0 rushing touchdowns. When talking about getting in the endzone, the Edmonton Elks are averaging 12.5 PPG.
The Elks sit in 8th in the league regarding the opposition scoring, allowing 23.0 points per contest. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.7 yards per rushing attempt and 105.0 rushing yards per contest over the course of this year. Over the course of this season, they have given up 210 rushing yards through 2 contests. In terms of passing yards, the Elks have conceded 242 yards which ranks them 2nd in the CFL. Over the course of their 2 games played, they are giving up 121.0 yards per outing through the air and giving up a completion percentage of 61.0%. Overall, they are surrendering 226.0 yards per contest which ranks them 1st in the CFL.
The last time they took the field the Lions went up against the Stampeders and earned the win by a score of 15-9. Chris Rainey led the team on the ground for the game. His longest run of the day went for 17 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He rushed for a total of 43 yards by way of 6 carries which meant he averaged 7.2 yards per run. Lucky Whitehead was the receiving yardage leader by earning 108 yards on 6 receptions. He earned an average of 18.0 yards per reception for the game. Mike Reilly went 26/33 with 342 yards passing but wasn't able to throw a ball for a TD. He walked away with no picks.
During the season thus far, the Lions have thrown for a total of 710 yards via the pass as well as holding an average of 355.0 passing yards per outing, which ranks 1st in the league. The BC Lions maintain an average of 420.5 yards/game ranking them 1st in the league. They hold an average of 65.5 rushing yards per game and have run for 131 yards for this season. When it comes to their ability to score points, the Lions are ranking 3rd in the league scoring 22.0 PPG.
The Lions are allowing 21.0 PPG, which has them in 7th in the league. This season, they have allowed 42 total points. BC has given up a total of 142 yards on the ground (71.0 yards per outing) as well as 1 touchdown via the rush for the year. They have yielded 2 touchdowns from the passing game as well as 241.0 yards/outing, which puts them in 5th in the CFL.
Who will win tonight's CFL game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Edmonton Elks (+5)
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