The Calgary Stampeders will try and lock-up the West Division title this Friday night when they square-off against the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium.
Last Friday’s 40-26 victory over British Columbia as 6.5-point home favorites raised the Stampeders overall record to 12-3 straight-up and a profitable 10-5 against the spread. With just three games left in the regular season and a two-game lead over Saskatchewan in the West Division standings, a win this Friday night would all but lock-up a division title and first round bye in the playoffs. Calgary is 5-2 both SU and ATS on the road this season and the total has stayed UNDER in five of the seven games.
This remains to most complete team in the CFL this year with an offense that is averaging 32.4 points a game complementing a defense that has allowed the second-fewest points in points in the league (23.3). Kevin Glenn has done a solid job at quarterback all season long, but this offense still revolves around running back Jon Cornish. He is ranked first in the CFL in rushing with 1,545 yards and he leads the team in scoring with 13 touchdowns.
The Eskimos are probably counting the days until this miserable season is finally over. They lost their 12th game of the season against just three SU wins this past Saturday in a 14-9 setback against the Roughriders as 9.5-point underdogs on the road. They have now covered in seven of the 15 games with the total going OVER in 10 of those outings. Edmonton is just 2-6 ATS at home this season with the total going OVER in five of the eight games.
One of the few bright spots this season has been the play of quarterback Mike Reilly. He is actually ranked third in the CFL in passing yards with 3,589 and he has proven to be a duel threat with another 581 yards on the ground. Despite his efforts, the Eskimos have still struggled to put points on the board with an average of just 23.3 points a game.
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gary vs. Edmonton Betting Lines and Trends
Calgary has been listed by TopBet as a six-point road favorite on its opening CFL lines and the total for this West Division clash has been set at 52.
The Stampeders are 4-1 both SU and ATS in their last five games and the total has stayed UNDER in six of their last eight games overall.
The Eskimos are 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games, but just 3-15 SU in their last 18 games. The total has gone OVER in eight of their last 11 games at home.
Head-to-head in this matchup, Calgary has won the last five meetings SU and it is 4-1 ATS. The total has gone OVER in seven of the last 10 meetings that were played in Edmonton. The Stampeders won both games this season SU but the series is split 1-1 ATS. The total is split 1-1 as well.
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Calgary vs. Edmonton Free CFL Pick
Calgary still has something on the line heading into this divisional matchup so look for a complete effort from the starters for all four quarters unless things get out of hand early. None the less, the free CFL pick in this game is the Stampeders minus the six points.
CFL Free Picks: Calgary 33 Edmonton 19