In a bit of odd CFL scheduling, the Argonauts and Eskimos play for the second straight week, this time in Edmonton on Friday night. The Eskimos are 7-point favourites at Sports Interaction.
Teams playing in back-to-back weeks is something you would never see in the NFL, barring clubs facing off in Week 17 of the regular season and then the wild-card round of the playoffs. On the updated Grey Cup odds, the Eskimos are +650 and Argos +800.
Edmonton is the -154 favourite to score first on Friday, with a touchdown the +275 leader. Toronto is +110 to score first with a TD at +375. The Argos by something other than a TD or field goal is a +750 long shot. On the winning margin prop, Edmonton by 7-12 points is the +325 favourite. Toronto’s shortest odds is 1-6 points at +600.
Recent history says to bet over the total of 53.5 as the total has gone over in 10 of the past 12 meetings overall and five straight in Edmonton.
Last week at home, the Argos were 3.5-point underdogs but pulled the 20-17 upset of Edmonton for their first victory of the season and their most points scored thus far in 2018. The 17 allowed were also easily the fewest. With Ricky Ray expected out for the season, James Franklin got his first start as an Argo at quarterback and was 16-for-22 for 217 yards with a touchdown while also rushing for a score against his former Eskimos teammates. He hit Declan Cross on the winning TD pass with around three minutes left.
Running back James Wilder Jr. was named one of the CFL’s top performers of Week 4 after rushing for 120 yards and a score while adding 27 receiving yards. He had been held largely in check in Toronto’s first two games, both losses. Fridays haven’t been kind to the Argos of late, though, as they are 1-10 ATS in their past 11 on that night.
The 17 points scored last week were a season low for Edmonton, which is second in the league with 112 points. Mike Reilly was perhaps outplayed by Franklin, with Reilly completing 28 of 40 for 370 yards with a touchdown and interception. He leads the league in passing yards with 1,390 and in TD passes with seven. D’haquille Williams is No. 1 in the CFL in receiving yards and had 125 (third straight with at least 100) on eight catches vs. Toronto but was kept out of the end zone.
Rookie cornerback Maurice McKnight had his first CFL interception and six tackles. Edmonton hurt itself with 12 penalties for 126 yards after taking less than 10 penalties in each of its previous 10 regular-season games. The Esks are now 3-8-2 ATS in their past 13 vs. teams with a losing record.