Last Updated: 2017-10-14
The Edmonton Eskimos host the Toronto Argonauts in the final CFL game on this week’s schedule tonight. Edmonton is favored by 7 and the total on the game has been holding steady at 54.
The Argonauts clinched a playoff berth Friday night when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats lost to Calgary, but are still looking to wrap-up the division title. They trail Ottawa by one point, but do have two games in hand despite having a 7-8 record. Ottawa is 7-9-1 on the season.
Toronto will get several players back for this game, including linebacker Bear Woods, but will be without running back James Wilder, who accounted for 161 totals in the Argonauts’ last game.
This game is the classic West vs. East matchup and the Argonauts have struggled mightily against the West this season, going 1-6 against the spread.
Edmonton has fared much better against the East, but find themselves in the favorite’s role again and so far they’ve gone 2-7 ATS, so both teams are in situations where they haven’t fared all that well. The Eskimos are 6-1 straight-up against the East, but just 2-5 ATS in those games.
The Eskimos started the season out on fire, winning seven straight, only to turn around and drop six consecutive games before getting back on course last game against Montreal 42-24. C.J. Gable rushed for 111 yards in his Edmonton debut and Brandon Zylstra had seven receptions for 201 yards in the victory. The Eskimos were trailing 15-0 in the game, but flipped a switch and closed the game with a 42-9 run.
Toronto’s lone victory against a West team happened to come against the Eskimos, as the Argonauts won 34-26 back on Sept. 16, as they rushed and threw for 231 yards. Wilder rushed for 190 yards in that game and added 67 on the ground in a game that also saw Toronto’s Martese Jackson return a missed field goal 125 yards for a touchdown, as the Argonauts were able to hold off Edmonton at the end of the game.
While the Argonauts are in the playoffs, the Eskimos are still fighting for a spot, trying to make it as the cross-over team from the West. They have a half-game lead over Saskatchewan and a victory here would put them in the driver’s seat, although both teams do have a few tough games remaining.
My numbers have Edmonton winning 34-25 and I’ll go ahead and take the favorite in this spot and lay the number with the Eskimos.