WIN Blue Bombers @ Edmonton Eskimos | Betting tip (2019-08-23)
Statistical information, performance, best odds and betting tips for Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Edmonton Eskimos for CFL. Analysis with head to head comparison and forecast by football experts.
Friday 23th August 2019
Spread: Eskimos by 6.5
Money Line: Eskimos -250; Blue Bombers +210
*Odds via Bet365.com
Winnipeg Blue Bombers – Edmonton Eskimos | Prediction, Odds & Tips
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have been on a roll this season but will find the road a little tougher in the weeks ahead with pivot Matt Nichols going on the six-game injured list. They will undoubtedly need their defense to step up especially this week when they take on Trevor Harris and the Edmonton Eskimos.
Can the Blue Bombers steal a win against Edmonton and maintain their lead in the division? Or will the Eskimos take advantage of Winnipeg’s pivot woes?
Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Edmonton Eskimos Preview
This game was going to be a great battle between the top two teams in the West. But now with Matt Nichols out after going down with an injury last week against the Lions, it doesn’t have quite the same excitement.
It could still end up being a very good game. With Trevor Harris at the helm of the offense, the Eskimos have generated more yards per game than everyone this season (433.0). Winnipeg, on the other hand, has allowed just over 300 net yards a game.
They will need to have an even better game against the Eskimos if they are going to win because Edmonton’s defense is not going to take it easy on Winnipeg’s new starting pivot, Chris Streveler. They have allowed a league-low 193.9 passing yards a game.
Streveler only has 82 passing yards in five appearances this season. He will certainly have to generate a lot more if the Blue Bombers are going to have a shot against Edmonton.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers News
Winnipeg had been on cruise control this season, but that came to an end last week when Matt Nichols went down with an injury. While he hasn’t been posting big numbers, the offense has been effective and efficient. But the team had to put him on the six-game injured list meaning they are about to get a real good look at second-year pivot, Clint Streveler.
They got a good look at him at the start of the season last year when an injury forced Matt Nichols to miss the first three games of the season. He went 1-2 in those games, struggling in the two losses (to Edmonton and Hamilton), but looked good against Montreal in the win.
Streveler thinks the experience he has had since joining the team last year will pay off in the weeks ahead, via SportsNet:
“I think there’s definitely a lot more comfort there…. Compared to my first couple games last season, I would think that I’ve had a lot more experience and feel better about that.”
He didn’t complete a pass against the Lions but did keep a drive going long enough to grind out the clock in the fourth quarter.
Edmonton Eskimos News
Things could not be working much better for the Eskimos than they are. Their offense is coming off a stellar performance, albeit against a mediocre Toronto team, that saw pivot Trevor Harris throw for 420 yards and three touchdowns. Their defense is allowing the fewest points (18.2) and yards (258.3) per game in the league.
If that wasn’t enough to excite fans, they are not going to have to face Matt Nichols when the Blue Bombers come to town this weekend. Thanks to Montreal pulling off the upset against Calgary last week, if they beat Winnipeg by at least eight points, they will move into first in the division.
“They’re hot, leading the West and we’re right behind them, so it’s going to be a great matchup,” Eskimos head coach Jason Maas told the media recently, via Canoe.com. “I told our guys to be excited about the week, be happy we’re playing in a big game like this, we both earned it.
“But now it’s about going out and seeing who’s the best.”
Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Edmonton Eskimos Head-to-Head
Edmonton and Winnipeg have already played once this season back in Week Three; the Blue Bombers won the game, 28-21. From a historical perspective, the two have played 196 regular-season games since 1949. Of those games, Winnipeg won 90 and Edmonton won 103. Three times they had a game end in a tie.
They have also faced off 37 times in the playoffs including two meetings in the Grey Cup (with each winning once). Edmonton leads the all-time playoff series, 20-17.
Odds and Predictions
This would have been a great game to watch if Matt Nichols was healthy and active. Clint Streveler was a fantastic college quarterback and has played well at times during his time in the CFL, but he hasn’t played much.
He will probably play better than he did in his first career start last year against Edmonton in Week One (15-28 for 178 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions). But it would be a mistake to expect him to shine against the No. 1 pass defense in the CFL.
So, unless Andrew Harris can have a career day to take some pressure off Streveler, Winnipeg is going to have a tough time winning this one. Their defense will keep it close through the first half but look for Edmonton to pull away in the second.
Take the Eskimos to win (-250), straight up, and ATS (-6.5). As for the over/under (47.5) — there is no telling what the Blue Bombers are going to look like on offense. Take the under.
Anyone interested in giving the Blue Bombers offense the benefit of the doubt can get seven points at BetOnline.ag [https://www.sportsbetting24.ca/betonline/] and 46.5 on the point total at Betway.com.
Our Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Edmonton Eskimos Betting Tip:
Without Nichols, the Blue Bombers are going to crash and burn. Take the Eskimos to win and go with the under.