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  • Writer's pictureKyle Melo

The Betting Perspective - WPG @ EDM

Winnipeg (-7) @ Edmonton: TOTAL 44.5

Week 7 in the Canadian Football concludes in Edmonton Saturday night, as the Edmonton Elks host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The Bombers come into this contest fresh off a two-game beatdown of another West contender, the Saskatchewan Roughriders. It’s been very clear early this season, the Bombers are primed for another run at the Grey Cup in 2021. The Bombers sit with the best record in the league and a defense that is finding their stride with every passing week. If the argument of great players on the same team cancelling each other out in the MOP discussion is true, then Winnipeg quarterback Zach Collaros might take home the award for the first half of the season. Trying to choose the best Bombers defensive player so far this year is a tall task; Willie Jefferson, Jackson Jeffcoat and Adam Bighill are all having phenomenal seasons – which might pave the way for Collaros. Collectively, the Bombers defensive group have found a way to replicate production from their 2019 season. Winnipeg have given up the least amount of points and put up four sacks just last week versus the Riders.

As for Edmonton, the Elks begin life without quarterback Trevor Harris, after he was put on the 6-game injured list this week due to an injury suffered against the Stamps last Saturday. The roster move makes way for rookie and Oklahoma State product Taylor Cornelius to get his first career start in the CFL. It’s been a shaky beginning for new Elks Head Coach Jaime Elizondo, the former Redblacks offensive coordinator has failed to get his group into the endzone for an offensive touchdown in two of Edmonton’s five games. The Elks defense have held up their end of the bargain, they’ve allowed the least amount of passing yards in the CFL with just over 200 yards against per game.

Looking at the betting for this one, there was an obvious tilt to Bombers -7 when it was announced Trevor Harris was going to be out of the lineup. The Bombers have fared well on the road in this matchup, covering 4 of their last 5 contests in Edmonton. If you can get the number below a field goal, confidently take the shot with Winnipeg against a rookie quarterback.

Regardless of the full touchdown spread, Cornelius is in tough against a defensive line that have feasted on most oppositions.

Pick: Winnipeg -7

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