RedBlacks, Eskimos Grey Cup Odds Preview

The Ottawa RedBlacks will be playing for the first championship in franchise history this weekend when they take on the Edmonton Eskimos in the 103rd Grey Cup at Winnipeg’s Investor’s Group Field.

The RedBlacks advanced to their first Grey Cup with a 35-28 win over Hamilton in the Eastern Final as a 6-point favorite. Veteran quarterback Henry Burris completed 17-of-32 passes for 326 yards with a touchdown pass and a touchdown run in the win. Greg Ellingson had five receptions for 186 yards which included a 93-yard touchdown.

Edmonton defeated Calgary 45-41 as a 3-point favorite in the Western Final. Eskimos QB Mike Reilly had a huge game, completing 31-of-39 passes for 370 yards with three touchdown passes and a pair of TD runs. Derel Walker led all Edmonton receivers with 11 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.

Ottawa heads into the matchup having won their last five games with a 4-1 ATS record. This season they were 5-3 SU and 6-2 ATS when playing on the road. Edmonton has won their last nine games with a 6-3 mark ATS. On the road this season Edmonton was 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS.

The oddsmakers at online sportsbook 5Dimes are expecting the Eskimos to roll in this one as an 8-point favorite. When they were favored this season Edmonton was 11-2 SU and 8-5 ATS. When Ottawa was listed as an underdog this season they were 7-4 SU and 8-3 ATS.

During the regular season Edmonton and Ottawa met up twice with the Eskimos winning both times. In Week 3 Edmonton defeated Ottawa 46-16 as a 6-point road favorite and in Week 4 Edmonton won 23-13 as a 3-point road favorite.

The Eskimos have never lost to the RedBlacks in their short history. In four matchups Edmonton is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS. Looking back farther and including a few other Ottawa incarnations, Edmonton has won seven in a row against teams from Ottawa while going 6-1 ATS