Calgary Stampeders at Edmonton Eskimos (+3, 56.5)
Four days after they played a wild Labour Day Classic in Calgary, the Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos will square off again on Friday, this time in Edmonton. The Eskimos staged a dramatic comeback attempt in the fourth quarter Monday, but once again fell short as Calgary won its sixth straight meeting between the provincial rivals. Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly threw four touchdown passes in just over six minutes during the rally - the kind of production the Eskimos need in the first quarter, when they have not scored a touchdown since Week 2.
Bo Levi Mitchell took over at quarterback after Kevin Glenn left with an injury in the second quarter and Mitchell - who began the year as Calgary’s third-string option - did not disappoint, throwing two touchdowns and running for another. The Stampeders continue to find success on offence despite missing starting quarterback Drew Tate and leading receiver Nik Lewis and playing with a banged-up Jon Cornish, who is still the second-leading running back in the league despite recording only 60 yards on Monday after missing a game.
TV: 9 p.m. ET, TSN
ABOUT THE STAMPEDERS (7-2, 6-3 ATS): Defensive linemen Charleston Hughes and Cordarro Law ran roughshod over Edmonton’s offensive line Monday, combining for five sacks. Wide receiver Maurice Price was the latest member of Calgary’s receiving corps to fill the role of Lewis, catching three touchdown passes as part of a massive 165-yard game. Slotback Marquay McDaniel was the leading receiver two weeks ago, while wide receiver Brad Sinopoli and slotback Jabari Arthur have both proven to be capable and reliable. The biggest danger for the Stampeders appears to be complacency - their relaxed play in the fourth quarter keyed the Eskimos’ comeback.
ABOUT THE ESKIMOS (1-8, 4-5 ATS): Edmonton general manager Ed Hervey has instructed his coaching staff to indefinitely bench offensive lineman Simeon Rottier after Calgary sacked Reilly seven times, telling reporters “it wouldn’t bother me if [Rottier] didn’t play another down this year.” Thanks to his fantastic fourth quarter, Reilly threw for 246 yards Monday, bringing his season total to 2,277 - second in the league behind Hamilton's Henry Burris. Slotback Fred Stamps and wide receivers Cary Koch and Nate Coehoorn account for nearly 75 percent of that total. The Eskimos played Monday’s game without running back Hugh Charles (hamstring) or defensive end and team sack leader Odell Willis (shoulder), who are questionable for Friday.
* Over is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
* Stampeders are 5-1 ATS in their last six meetings in Edmonton.
* Over is 7-2 in the last nine meetings in Edmonton.
1. Edmonton is 0-4 at home and 0-5 against West Division opponents.
2. Calgary K Rene Paredes leads the league with 106 points.
3. The Eskimos have lost their last five games by a combined 15 points and have scored 105 of their 150 points during that span in the second half.