RedBlacks vs. Eskimos Prediction: CFL Week 9 Point Spread, Odds
August 09, 2019, 10:00 PM ET | Commonwealth Stadium
The Edmonton Eskimos have remained afloat in the competitive West Division thanks in large part to their performance at home – and that bodes well for them this week as they prepare for a Friday encounter with the Ottawa Redblacks at Commonwealth Stadium. The Eskimos are still reeling from last week’s disappointing 24-18 setback against rival Calgary, but carry a 3-0 home record into Friday’s game against a Redblacks side that beat Montreal 30-27 last time out.
CFL Odds and BettingOddsmakers have the Eskimos as a comfortable favourite despite last week’s narrow defeat and Ottawa coming off an impressive road victory. And those who have bet on the Redblacks know this team has been a nuisance away from the nation’s capital, having gone a red-hot 27-11 ATS in its previous 38 road games. But Edmonton is no slouch, with a 4-1 ATS mark in its previous five home games and a 5-1 ATS record in its last six following a failed cover.
The total for this one is on the low side – at least by CFL standards – at 48. But recent trends on both sides suggest there’s a good reason for that: The Redblacks have gone 4-1 to the under in their last five games against teams above .500, while the Eskimos are on a five-game under streak heading into Week 9 and are 4-1 to the under in their previous five vs. teams with losing records. Ottawa and Edmonton have also gone below the total in four straight meetings.
If the Redblacks have any hope of being competitive in the East Division, they’ll need to be more productive with the football. Despite coming into Week 9 ranked in the middle of the CFL pack in plays per game (71.7), their-four-yards-per play average ranks dead last in the league. They’ve also been dreadful at moving the chains compared to the rest of their CFL brethren, averaging a league-worst 17.9 first downs per game to date.
The Eskimos come into this one with a vastly improved kick return game thanks to the recent acquisition of Christion Jones from the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Jones is averaging 13.4 return yards per punt with three return TDs over his three-year CFL career, and should inject life into an Eskimos return game that will be without Martese Jackson indefinitely due to an upper-body injury. Jones (knee) is nicked himself, having not played since Canada Day.