CFL preview and pick: Eskimos at Lions

Jul 19, 2012 |
By: Jon Campbell
Edmonton Eskimos at B.C. Lions (-8, 48.5)

Anybody who follows the CFL a little bit knows Edmonton and B.C. have identical records but are two very different football teams. That much is evident by the fact B.C. is favored by eight points over the fellow 2-1 Eskimos.

While Edmonton’s offense sputters along, its defense has been leading the way. Edmonton tops the league with 11 sacks and has yet to allow more than 17 points in a game, while the offense averages just 20.7 points through three games.

The Eskies’ defense will face its biggest challenge so far in the Lions’ offensive line and shifty QB Travis Lulay. British Columbia. has allowed the fewest sacks so far this season with just three against. The Lions rank second in the league in yards per game and points per game on offense and also second in yards against on defense.

That doesn’t bode well for an Edmonton team that had a scrap in practice this week between backup QB Kerry Joseph and defensive end Julius Williams.

Last year, B.C. treated the Eskies like a bully at recess and dumped them upside down and took their lunch money. They won and covered the spread in four of five meetings including one playoff game.

Edmonton is 3-7 in the last 10 meetings overall and is 0-3 in the newly renovated B.C. Place. The Eskies tried to prepare to overcome that this week by pumping crowd noise into their practice sessions.

Pick: Covers’ contest users are all over B.C. to cover the number again Friday night.

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