BC Lions and Edmonton Eskimos Open 2017 CFL Season

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Eskimos and Lions Lead the Wild West in 2017

The Edmonton Eskimos and the British Columbia Lions will meet at BC Place on Saturday in Edmonton. Both teams are chomping at the bit to get the season started. Both teams missed the 2016 CFL Grey Cup by one game.

The Lions lost to the Calgary Stampeders in the Western Final. The Eskimos fell to the eventual Grey Cup Champion Ottawa REDBLACKS in the other division final when they crossed over to the East. The disappointment of being so close to playing on the CFL’s biggest stage has no doubt lingered in through the offseason. Both teams will have the opportunity to start 2017 off and continue their pursuit of the Grey Cup.

Oddsmakers opened the BC Lions as 2.5 point favorites, but bettors have bet it up to see them as 4.5-point favorites. The total now at 61 after opening up at 58.

Lions and Eskimos Offenses are Still Intact

BC’s offensive core from the 2016 season has remained intact. Quarterback Jonathon Jennings had a breakout 2016 campaign. Jennings ranked third in touchdown passes with 27, and passing yards with 5,226. He is flanked by last year’s touchdown leader Emmanuel Arceneaux. He also has the equally dangerous Bryan Burnham. Together they formed the second-most illustrious duo of the 2016 campaign.

Edmonton will once again be a threat in the West with the help of star pivot Mike Reilly. The Central Washington alum, and 2015 Grey Cup MVP, leads an impressive offense. The Eskimos weapons include returnees Adarius Bowman, 2nd year man Brandon Zylstra, and former Argo Vidal Hazelton.

D’haquille ‘Duke’ Williams will also be making his Eskimos regular season debut on Saturday. The former Auburn Tiger star looked impressive during the pre-season. He rackedup 129 yards on three catches. Williams has the potential to fill the huge void that was left by Derel Walker. Walker is currently with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
British Columbia13-713-729.6026.353.256-47-311-96-45-5
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Yards Per Pass
Yards Per Rush
Team Records

Edmonton Eskimos

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf5-53-22-32-7-11-41-3-128.2029.30-1.10
Last 32-11-01-11-1-11-00-1-129.3324.335.00
British Columbia Lions
NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf6-64-22-46-63-33-328.6728.92-0.25
Last 32-12-00-11-21-10-129.3330.33-1.00
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense29.80226.354
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense289.096297.506
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense111.27171.502
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense29.60327.605
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense283.505258.821
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense136.401102.646

Head To Head Summary

British Columbia5-57-35-524.10109.605.2726.8061.94218.00334.101.60
Head To Head Detail
DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Oct 22, 2016EDMBC25-328625034711642544370
Sep 23, 2016BCEDM23-276926534721372784371
Oct 17, 2015BCEDM23-262521925431583234904
Sep 26, 2015BCEDM23-29372613182952013141
Aug 6, 2015EDMBC23-2610625436821281923232
Nov 1, 2014BCEDM3-37669516112413185592
Jun 28, 2014EDMBC27-20832323151542513055
Oct 25, 2013EDMBC29-436038844822202014210
Jul 20, 2013EDMBC21-3110224334511362844201
Jul 13, 2013BCEDM17-3197158355081971781
CFL Betting Trends
Team Last 5 Games

Edmonton Eskimos

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Nov 20, 2016OTT23-35L-2.5/53L/O66331406179239425-3A
Nov 13, 2016HAM24-21W-3/56P/U18014133241269323-2A
Nov 5, 2016TOR41-17W-3.5/50W/O1433695121172253690H
Oct 28, 2016HAM29-26W2.5/57W/U159224398592733320A
Oct 22, 2016BC25-32L2.5/58L/U862503471642544371A

British Columbia Lions

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Nov 20, 2016CAL15-42L7.5/54L/O812783731663655310A
Nov 13, 2016WIN32-31W-5/55.5L/O193312522693904592H
Nov 5, 2016SAS41-18W-15/51W/O182315519741932742H
Oct 29, 2016SAS24-6W-5/53W/U146241387531382560A
Oct 22, 2016EDM32-25W-2.5/58W/U16425443786250347-1H

Weather in

Weather is Mostly Sunny  79°F

Mostly Sunny
Humidity is 50%
Wind is West 4 mph
Visibility is 10.004077 mi
Pressure is N/A inHg

Forecast for Vancouver


Next up:
Edmonton home to Montreal Friday, June 30
British Columbia at Toronto Friday, June 30

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