• Kyle Melo

The Betting Perspective - EDM @ BC

Edmonton @ BC (-4): TOTAL 46.5

The third week of Canadian Football League action kicks off in Vancouver Thursday night as the BC Lions take on the reeling Edmonton Elks.

Starting with the road team in this one, the first two weeks of career head coaching for Jaime Elizondo have been a nightmare, the team dropped both of their home contests to start the season. Edmonton was favored in each of those games, against Ottawa in Week 1 and Montreal this past Saturday. Elks Quarterback Trevor Harris and his talent-rich offense have been held in check; the team failed to score a touchdown in the season opener and just 13 points last week. The Elks didn’t reach the endzone against the Alouettes until Shai Ross hauled in a Harris pass with 1:38 left on the clock in the 4th quarter. Edmonton has arguably the best crop of receivers in the CFL, but Elizondo has really struggled to get his star wideouts engaged in the game, all-star receiver Greg Ellingson was held to just one reception for one-yard last week. Eventually, the tide should turn for a team with as much talent as the Elks possess but being on the road this week against a team riding high after a win might not be reality.

As for the BC Lions, the noise last week surrounding the health of Quarterback Michael Reilly proved to be just that, noise. Reilly played very well against the Stampeders, throwing for 342 yards on 79 percent passing; Reilly also added a rushing touchdown. Moving forward, let’s not get caught up in Reilly’s depth chart placement, assume he will get majority of the snaps if listed on the active roster. The Lions have only allowed 10 points against in their last six quarters of play, BC started the season giving up 32 points against the Riders in their opener but have since shut the door on the opposition. The Lions defensive front could be primed for a big day pressuring Trevor Harris, Edmonton is tied for the most sacks given up through two weeks with eight.

The betting line in this matchup has not really moved, the home Lions sit as four-point favorites against the Elks. Michael Reilly was a top performer in Week 2, expect another great performance versus an Edmonton squad that have not really faced a great passing team so far this season. Until the Elks offense can figure out their woes, let’s ride the laundry list of trends going against the Elks. Take the Lions in their home opener.

Pick: BC -4

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