Edmonton Eskimos (-2.5, 46) at Winnipeg Blue Bombers
After beginning the season on a four-game road trip, the Blue Bombers return home in search of their first win against the 3-1 Eskimos. Edmonton crushed Winnipeg at Commonwealth Stadium in Week 3, 42-10, in the only previous meeting between the clubs this season.
Bettors have no reason to believe the result should be any different this time around. Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice has announced that Alex Brink will make his second consecutive start at QB Thursday. Brink started his first game of the season in Week 4 and only completed nine of his 34 pass attempts in a 25-22 loss to the Toronto Argonauts.
The Eskimos defense has been downright nasty so far this season and bettors can expect another spirited effort. The stop unit has only allowed five touchdowns, 56 total points and has sacked opposing quarterbacks a CFL-best 12 times. Add to that the fact that the under is 4-1 in the Blue Bombers’ last five games as underdogs of three points or less.
Edmonton’s first-string pivot, Steven Jyles, returned to practice Monday after taking a hit to the head late in the third quarter of Friday’s 27-14 victory over the B.C. Lions and will be under center for the Eskimos.
Pick: Almost 64 percent of Covers Contest players like Edmonton to cover Thursday.