Edmonton Eskimos at Calgary Stampeders (-7.5, 56.5)
Frustration is starting to set in for the Edmonton Eskimos, who sit at the bottom of the West Division after dropping their last four games by a combined 12 points during a six-game losing streak. Edmonton will try to snap out of its funk when it visits the rival Calgary Stampeders on Monday for the first half of a home-and-home series. Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly has thrown for 814 yards and six touchdowns over the last two games and will need to continue connecting with his receivers if Edmonton hopes to overcome the struggles of its injury-plagued defense, which has surrendered a division-worst 235 points.
Injuries have not slowed the Stampeders, who defeated the Toronto Argonauts last week without team rushing leader Jon Cornish or slotback Nik Lewis - the receiving yards leader. Jonathan Williams replaced Cornish and ran for 82 yards on 18 carries in his CFL debut, while Marquay McDaniel did his best impersonation of Lewis, catching seven passes for 106 yards and one touchdown. Veteran quarterback Kevin Glenn, who has played most of the season in place of injured starter Drew Tate, passed concussion tests after leaving the game late against Toronto for precautionary reasons, further showcasing Calgary’s resilience.
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ABOUT THE ESKIMOS (1-7): Injured linebacker JC Sherritt could return to the lineup Monday if he has the pin removed from his broken thumb. Sherritt set a CFL record last season with 130 tackles, but has missed the last two games. Cornerback Aaron Grymes also missed two weeks with an internal injury suffered during practice and will likely miss Monday’s contest. Defensive end Odell Willis - with a team-leading five sacks - is day-to-day with a shoulder injury suffered in the first half of last week’s loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Slotback Fred Stamps leads the league with 684 receiving yards and has caught six touchdown passes.
ABOUT THE STAMPEDERS (6-2): Cornish was on pace for a career-high in rushing yards before his injury and could return to the lineup Monday to continue that pursuit, while Lewis will be sidelined for the rest of the season. Defensive linemen Cordarro Law and Charleston Hughes share the team lead with five sacks apiece. Tate remains out with a soft tissue injury around his right elbow and the solid play of Glenn has allowed Calgary to take precautions with Tate’s recovery. Kick returner Larry Taylor is second in the league with 964 combined return yards.
* Eskimos are 1-5 ATS in their last six versus the West.
* The over is 8-1-1 in the Eskimos' last 10 road games.
* The Stampeders are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five home games.
* The over is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
1. Calgary is 3-0 at McMahon Stadium, while Edmonton is 0-4 against West Division opponents.
2. Edmonton holds a 123-91-3 advantage in the regular-season series against their provincial rival, but Calgary has won the last five meetings.
3. The Eskimos and Stampeders meet again in Edmonton on Friday to close out their home-and-home series.