Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Some would say Saturday's tilt between the Blue and Gold and Edmonton is the most important game of the year so far for a few reasons.
The first being that Edmonton is only two games behind Winnipeg heading into the game. The second being, the only chance of getting first place in the West is by winning tonight, and every other game this season.
Edmonton is favoured in the game by three points, but do you think that bothers the Bombers? The Blue and Gold are 6-1 when they are against the spread this year, and let's not forget, the Eskimos have lost five games in a row after starting 7-0.
The game will most likely come down to how Matt Nichols and Andrew Harris perform. If they perform well, Winnipeg has a good chance to win this game, if they don't not so much.
Nichols is now 19-6 since taking the No. 1 QB chores late last July. Nichols is the CFL’s top-rated quarterback with a QUAR rating of 90.2. He has thrown for 3,606 yards and 24 touchdowns against seven interceptions.
Each and every of the Bombers last five wins have been wire to wire.
Now we all know how bad the Eskimos have been over the past five games, and let's not forget the Bombers beat Edmonton earlier this season which began their five-game losing streak.
During their five-game losing streak, the Eskimos have allowed at least 25 points in each, including allowing 54 points against the Saskatchewan Roughriders a few weeks ago.
Yes, they have been dreadful as of late, but a win tonight puts them right back into contention, and that's the nice thing about jumping out of the gate with seven straight wins.
The Eskimos were a walking X-ray when these two clubs met last month, minus among others, Adarius Bowman and Brandon Zylstra and defensive tackle Almondo Sewell, prompting Odell Willis to state the result would have been different if his team had been healthy.
At the end of the day, if Reilly gets back on track and the Esks defence steps it up, this game could come down to the wire.
Kickoff is set for 8:30 tonight, and you can hear all the action right here on 730CKDM as we are a proud member of the Blue Bomber Radio Network.