Edmonton Eskimos at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (+2.5, 50.5)
The Edmonton Eskimos finally broke out of their eight-game losing streak by beating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last week. On Friday, the Eskimos will try for consecutive victories over the Blue Bombers when they travel to Winnipeg. Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly threw three touchdowns and ran for 113 yards in the win - enough to earn him offensive player of the week honors and take the team rushing lead with 530 yards.
Winnipeg managed three sacks last week and is tied for the league lead with 41. Starting quarterback Justin Goltz was pulled for the second half last week and replaced by Max Hall, who fared slightly better but could not orchestrate a touchdown drive in the 25-7 loss. The Blue Bombers won their last home game, but unless they can slow down Reilly and establish their own offensive game - worst in the league with 224 points - even struggling opponents such as Edmonton might be too much to handle.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, TSN
ABOUT THE ESKIMOS (2-9): Reilly connected twice for touchdowns with slotback Fred Stamps, who leads the league in receiving yards with 821 and has already tied his career-high in touchdowns with nine. Linebacker J.C. Sherritt returned last week after undergoing surgery to repair his left hand but left the game in the fourth quarter. Sherritt finished with two tackles and recovered a fumble in the first quarter.
ABOUT THE BLUE BOMBERS (2-9): Winnipeg traded veteran quarterback Buck Pierce to BC, leaving Goltz and Hall as its two main options under centre. Slotback Terrence Edwards leads the team with 405 receiving yards, but only he and slotback Clarence Denmark (368) have more than 300 yards in the air. The Blue Bombers’ defensive line has accounted for 30 of the team’s 41 sacks and defensive end Alex Hall is tied for the league lead with 12.
* Eskimos are 0-4 ATS in their last four meetings in Winnipeg.
* Under is 5-1-1 in the last seven meetings in Winnipeg.
* Eskimos are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
* Blue Bombers are 0-4 ATS versus a team with a losing record.
1. Winnipeg announced Tuesday it will start Max Hall on Friday.
2. Edmonton’s defense - last in the West Division with 301 points allowed - has given up only 29 points over the last two games and has 12 sacks in its last three.
3. The Eskimos and Blue Bombers - a combined 4-18 in 2013 - are four points behind the Montreal Alouettes for the final playoff spot.