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Edmonton Eskimos (1-0) at Montreal Alouettes (1-0)
Thursday, 7:30 pm Eastern – TSN


SBG Global Opening Line: Alouettes  -  7 ,  Total  52


The Edmonton Eskimos will try and find a way to run the ball on Thursday without star running back Jesse Lumsden who is out with a dislocated shoulder.  He was injured in last week’s 19-17 win over Winnipeg and could be out for some time.  It will be up to rookie Arkee Whitlock and veteran Calvin McCarty to pick up the slack.  Head Coach Richie Hall says the offense will remain the same, even without Lumsden. “Our offense is what it is; the plays we asked Jesse to run are the same ones that Whitlock will run.” he said, “The only difference is in their individual styles.”


SBG Global reports that early Football Betting has the public taking Alouettes at Home.

The injury that might be more critical to Edmonton is the one suffered by free safety Scott Gordon.  He hurt his leg against Winnipeg and is out for Thursday’s game. He will definitely be missed against Montreal’s high powered attack led by quarterback Anthony Calvillo who threw for 255 yards last week.  Rookies Lamar Herron and Elliott Richardson will be challenged on Thursday. “It’s a challenge for whoever you put out there, but you’ve got to get in the fire sometime.” Hall said.

Edmonton and Montreal met last season in the East Final but the Eskimos look nothing like last year’s team.  They were fortunate to win against the Blue Bombers last week and have their work cut out for them against the Alouettes who routed Calgary last week.


Here are the CFL Betting stats for Thursday’s game. The Eskimos have won their last five Thursday night games and they are 4-1 against the spread in those contests. The Eskimos are 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Eskimos are 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings against Montreal.


The Alouettes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Alouettes are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Thursday games.


SBG Global Current Line: Alouettes  -  7 ,  Total  52.5


The Over is 5-2 in the Eskimos last 7 games in July. The Under is 5-2 in the Eskimos last 7 road games.  The Under is 5-1 in the Alouettes last 6 home games.  The Over is 22-8 in the Alouettes last 30 games in July. The Under is 5-2 in the Alouettes last 7 Thursday games.


Pick: Eskimos