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BC Lions Host Edmonton on CFL Thursday Night Football

BC Lions

BC Lions Need a Win to Try to Keep Pace in West

The fans at BC Place see the Edmonton Eskimos and the British Columbia Lions in CFL Week 9 action on Thursday. Kickoff is at 10 p.m. ET and can be seen on TSN and ESPN2.

Oddsmakers Eskimos as 3.5-point favorites. They total is sitting at 54.

The Eskimos are riding a three-game win streak heading into their bout with the Leos at BC Place.

BC Lions Look to Climb out of the Cellar

The Lions are 2-4 this season. They are not off to the most promising start. They currently sit last place in the West.

The Lions turned to Travis Lulay after starter Jonathon Jennings struggled last week. BC lost to Calgary 27-18. The Lions got behind early, trailing by 14 at the half, and never recovered.

They are looking to Jennings to help turn their slow start to the season around.

Lulay completed 25-of-39 passes in the loss. He threw for 281 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Bryan Burnham was on the receiving end of the lone passing major. He finished the game with a team-high 76 yards.

Running back Jeremiah Johnson will be watching the game from the sidelines. This is after re-aggravating an ankle injury in the Lions loss to the Stamps. Travon Van will line up as the starter on Thursday.

The Lions’ defense will have to keep a dynamic Reilly contained if they hope to pick up a win. The Eskimos are averaging a league-best 342 yards per game on offense. The Lions defense is giving up 418 yards per game. That is the second-worst to only the Montreal Alouettes.

Eskimos are Trying to Keep Pace Atop the West

Edmonton came out on top of a back-and-forth tilt with the Saskatchewan Roughriders last week. They captured a 26-19 victory at Commonwealth Stadium.

Quarterback Mike Reilly threw for 257 yards, one touchdown pass, and one touchdown run. Heran into the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown with less than three minutes to go.

Reilly’s go-to target of the night was Derel Walker. He hauled in six catches for 154 yards and a touchdown. Running back C.J. Gable also added to the offense. He rushed for 81 yards and a major on 14 carries.

The Eskimos are 5-2. They will need to keep on winning if they hope to keep pace with the undefeated Calgary Stampeders The Stampeders are 7-0.

Edmonton has won four straight games the Eskimoss have beaten the Lions. BC’s last win at home over Edmonton came on Oct. 22, 2016.

Mike Reilly is leading the league in passing touchdowns with 14. The 33-year-old has thrown 131 touchdown passes and 72 interceptions in his career. That is a ratio of 1.82 to 1.

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Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Edmonton5-23-428.2923.864.432-21-24-32-22-1
British Columbia2-44-221.0027.50-6.52-02-23-30-23-1
Power Stats

Yards Per Point

NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
EDM15.2715.39-0.12
BC16.4815.21.28

Yards Per Pass

NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
EDM14.1912.681.51
BC11.2412.95-1.71

Yards Per Rush

NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
EDM4.695.76-1.07
BC4.885.26-0.38
Team Records

Edmonton Eskimos

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall5-23-12-13-42-21-228.2923.864.43
vs Conf3-02-01-02-12-00-133.3323.679.66
Last 33-02-01-02-11-11-028.6719.009.67

BC Lions

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall2-42-00-44-22-02-221.0027.50-6.50
vs Conf1-31-00-32-21-01-219.7531.50-11.75
Last 31-21-00-23-01-02-021.0024.33-3.33

Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense28.29327.507
Awy Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense395.671231.002
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense77.678132.507
H Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense21.00723.864
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense253.005182.672
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense95.005138.009

Head To Head Summary

NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
Edmonton8-26-46-431.00123.905.2733.9070.50305.00438.101.80
British Columbia2-84-66-423.4088.904.7829.1063.57210.10317.401.40

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Jun 29, 2018BCEDM22-4112018031911913205173
Oct 21, 2017EDMBC35-29673884641561852680
Jul 28, 2017BCEDM26-37942253532534094652
Jun 24, 2017EDMBC30-2710530942011302253941
Oct 22, 2016EDMBC25-328625034711642544370
Sep 23, 2016BCLionsEDM23-276926534721372784371
Oct 17, 2015BCEDM23-262521925431583234904
Sep 26, 2015BCEDM23-29372613182952013141
Aug 6, 2015EDMBC23-2610625436821281923232
Nov 1, 2014BCEDM3-37669516112413185592

CFL Betting Odds & Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Edmonton Eskimos

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoff passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdef passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Aug 2, 2018SAS26-19W-6.5/52.5W/U106232363902613511H
Jul 26, 2018MON44-23W-10/48W/O98415513132171349-1A
Jul 13, 2018TOR16-15W-9.5/54L/U112253370502843460H
Jul 7, 2018TOR17-20L-3/55.5L/U563704261452083621A
Jun 29, 2018BC41-22W-6.5/55.5W/O1913205171201803192H

BC Lions

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoff rush yardsoffen passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdef passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Aug 4, 2018CAL18-27L12.5/49.5W/U54281335723664421A
Jul 20, 2018OTT25-29L7/53W/O119325444673554301A
Jul 14, 2018WIN20-17W4.5/55W/U73324399187203401-2H
Jul 7, 2018WIN19-41L6.5/55.5L/O1071582801522073593A
Jun 29, 2018EDM22-41L6.5/55.5L/O120180319191320517-2A

Next up:
Edmonton home to Montreal Saturday, August 18
British Columbia at Toronto Saturday, August 18

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