CFL week 6 betting (July 29): Lions out for revenge over Eskimos

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Updated: July 28, 2017

CFL week 6 action continues tonight with a fascinating match-up between the top two teams in the West – the Lions and Eskimos – in Edmonton. We’re taking the position that if the Esks struggled to account for the Tiger-Cats last week, then the Lions are well placed to avenge their week 1 loss to Edmonton. BC are 4-1 ATS in their past five road games and 4-1 ATS in their past five against the Eskimos; overall record: 11-6, +7.69 units – latest CFL standings here

 

CFL week 6: BC Lions (4-0-1, 3-0-0 away) @ Edmonton Eskimos (4-0-0, 2-0-0 home)
Where: Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, AB, Canada
When: Saturday, July 29, 11.30am (AET)
Lines: Edmonton -2, O/U 54.5
Confirmed bet: BC Lions +2 (two units @ $1.94)

TIW says: We’ve barely caught our breath after yesterday’s incredible comeback by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to pip the Montreal Alouettes 41-40 after the latter led by 12 with two minutes to play. The BC Lions scored a similarly gripping win over the Blue Bombers last week, and head to Edmonton for the second game of week 6 in the CFL. BC are one of the hottest teams in the CFL following that 45-42 victory over Winnipeg after they rallied from a 15-point deficit with less than 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to extend their winning streak to four games.

They’re now aiming to score their first victory at the Commonwealth Stadium since a 17-3 triumph on July 13, 2013. Travis Lulay has been superb in relief of Jonathon Jennings, who is out for up to six weeks with a shoulder injury. The veteran quarterback has thrown for more than 400 yards in two appearances, and hopes to continue that form against an Edmonton defence that has allowed a league-low 23.8 points per game. Lulay (pictured below) threw for 404 yards and accounted for three total touchdowns while Jeremiah Johnson ran for 48 yards and a score against Winnipeg to take his league-leading total to five rushing TDs after five games.

 

Marquee free-agent acquisition Chris Williams, who caught 77 passes for 1246 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Ottawa Redblacks in 2016, practiced for the first time with his new team after rehabbing a torn ACL, but is not expected to make his BC debut for at least another week. The Eskimos scored 18 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead touchdown with 23 seconds left, as they scored a narrow win of their own, 31-28, over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2014. They now aim to take sole possession of first place in the West.

To do so, they’ll have to defeat the Lions for the second time in 2017 following a 30-27 win in the season opener. Mike Reilly threw for 350 yards and three TDs against Hamilton to move past Matt Dunigan (87) for fifth place on Edmonton’s all-time passing list. Defensive back Garry Peters will miss this clash after he was handed a one-game suspension for shoving an official during the Ti-Cats game. Wide receiver Bryant Mitchell caught five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown in his season debut as he filled in for an injured Adarius Bowman, who was put on the six-game injured list.

 

Week 6 results update: 1-0, +1.9 units

Montreal Alouettes +4 @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (two units @ $1.95) WIN (40-41)

 

 

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to William Hill (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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