Winnipeg pivot Matt Nichols has had some issues this season, but he finally turned in a good game against the Alouettes. It wasn’t a great game, but it was good enough. Luckily, this week he is not going to face a defense that is much tougher.
But his defense is going to be facing the best passing attack in the CFL; while they are not bad, they aren’t exactly good either. Their best defense against Mike Reilly and the Edmonton offense may be the running game—which the Blue Bombers happen to be pretty good at.
They lead the CFL in rushing with 131.8 yards a game. But they haven’t broken the 100-yard mark in a couple of weeks (they had 193 yards on the ground in Week 13 against the Roughriders).
If they can’t keep Reilly off the field, he could very well pick them apart. He threw for 408 yards and a touchdown with one interception (32-46) back in Week One against the Blue Bombers. But can he do it again?
Spread: Eskimos by 6.5
Winnipeg may keep this one interesting for about a half, but the Eskimos are going to pull away with this one in the second half. Look for them to win and cover the spread with relative ease.
I can see the Eskimos putting up a number of points, but I’m not as confident in the Blue Bombers. It may be better to go with the under this week.
Money Line: Blue Bombers +220; Eskimos -260
Everything has to align for the Blue Bombers to win this one—but don’t expect it to happen. Take the Eskimos to win.