Stampeders at Eskimos: What bettors need to know

Calgary Stampeders at Edmonton Eskimos (+5.5, 53)

The Calgary Stampeders lead the West Division by four points as they move closer to securing a first-round playoff bye with the division title. On Friday, Calgary visits the struggling Edmonton Eskimos, who are still looking for their first divisional victory. The Stampeders have won three straight, while Edmonton is mired in a three-game losing skid.

Calgary veteran quarterback Kevin Glenn is posting the most efficient season of his 13-year CFL career, with a career-high completion percentage of 67.3 and a passer rating of 102. Starting pivot Drew Tate is almost ready to return full-time for the Stampeders, but Glenn is making it difficult for the team to ignore what he’s done in Tate’s absence. Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly has thrown for an impressive 3,589 yards despite being sacked a division-high 48 times, making his case to remain the Eskimos starter beyond this lost season.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, TSN

ABOUT THE STAMPEDERS (12-3): Running back Jon Cornish already has a career-best 1,545 rushing yards with three games remaining. Kick returner Clifton Smith had a massive debut for Calgary last week against the BC Lions, totaling 188 return yards and a receiving touchdown. Defensive linemen Cordarro Law and Charleston Hughes have 25 sacks combined - more than half the team total of 49.

ABOUT THE ESKIMOS (3-12):
Slotback Adarius Bowman has 27 catches for 357 yards and two touchdowns since returning from a knee injury Sept. 6. Linebacker JC Sherritt remains out indefinitely with a fractured thumb, which he re-injured two weeks ago against the Montreal Alouettes. Edmonton’s offense is fairly one-dimensional, with Reilly leading the team in rushing yards with 581 - 56 more than running back Hugh Charles.

TRENDS:

* Stampeders are 6-1 ATS in their last seven meetings in Edmonton.
* Over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.
* Stampeders are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
* Eskimos are 2-7 ATS in their last nine home games.

EXTRA POINTS:

1. Calgary is second in the league with 49 sacks.

2. The Eskimos have allowed a league-worst 135.1 rushing yards per game.

3. Edmonton SB Fred Stamps has a league-leading 1,127 receiving yards.

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