Free CFL Picks: Eskimos vs. Blue Bombers Week 13 Preview

David Schwab

Monday, September 16, 2013 8:40 PM GMT

The Edmonton Eskimos and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will battle it out one more time this season, in the back-end of this home-and-home series.

 

Kickoff at Investors Group Field is set for 8 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast in Canada on TSN.

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Edmonton Overview

The Eskimos started this home-and-home series with a convincing 25-7 victory over Winnipeg this past Saturday as 5.5-point favorites at home. The total stayed ‘Under’ the 52-point closing line. Edmonton is now 2-9 straight-up on the year but 5-6 against the spread after covering in four of its last five games. The total has gone ‘Over’ in seven of its 11 games including four of five games on the road.

While the Eskimos have to be happy with the win especially after losing their previous eight contests, they still have some major problems on both sides of the ball. The offense, led by quarterback Mike Reilly, has shown some signs of improvement over the past few weeks, but it is averaging just 23.5 points a game. Edmonton’s defense has not been able to keep pace with this lack of production and has allowed an average of 27.4 points a game.

Winnipeg Overview

Last week’s loss dropped the Blue Bombers to 2-9 SU on the year and 4-7 ATS. They are 1-4 both SU and ATS at home this season with the total going ‘Over’ in four of the five games. They have now failed to cover the spread in four of their last five games. Winnipeg remains the lowest scoring team in the CFL with an average of just 20.4 points a game.

Justin Goltz and Max Hall split time at quarterback against the Eskimos, but neither was effective moving the ball through the air with a total of just 214 passing yards and no touchdowns. The Blue Bombers’ defense has had trouble keeping teams out of the end zone all season long and it is now ranked last in the league in points allowed; giving-up an average of 30.3 points a game.

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Edmonton vs. Winnipeg Betting Lines and Trends

Opening CFL betting lines for this game has Edmonton listed as a 2.5-point home favorite with the total set at 51.

The Eskimos are 1-10 SU in their last 11 road games and the total has gone ‘Over’ in five of their last six games on the road.

The Blue Bombers are 1-8 SU in their last nine games overall and the total has stayed ‘Under’ in four of their last six games.

Head-to-head in this matchup, Edmonton is 3-6 ATS in the last nine meetings and 1-5 both SU and ATS in its last six trips to Winnipeg. The total has stayed ‘Under’ in 11 of the last 15 meetings at Investors Group Field.

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Edmonton vs. Winnipeg Free CFL Pick

Both these teams are clearly the bottom feeders in the CFL this season with numerous issues in every phase of the game. Given how hard it is to beat a team twice in-a-row in just a week’s time, the edge this time around goes to Winnipeg, especially in light of the past sports betting trends in this matchup. Betting the ‘Under’ in a game like this could be a solid play, but the free CFL pick for this contest is Winnipeg covering with the points at home.

CFL Pick: Bet the Bombers at home, +2.5 on the spread.  

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