Tiger-Cats Host Blue Bombers
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a CFL game tonight, which many bettors will be watching as a lead-in to tonight’s Hall of Fame Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings. Hamilton is favored by 7.5 points and the total on the game is 52.5.
Hamilton brings a 3-2 record into the game, while Winnipeg is 3-3.
The teams played last month and the Tiger-Cats cruised to a 52-26 victory after leading 38-13 at halftime. Hamilton out-gained the Rough Riders by 200 yards and picked off three passes. Both teams were penalized quite a bit, with Winnipeg being flagged for 160 yards and Hamilton being penalized 145 yards.
Despite Winnipeg’s record they’ve been out-scored by 6.7 points per game, while Hamilton is out-scoring opponents by a margin of 9.4 points per game. Hamilton is averaging 382 yards per game compared to 347 for Winnipeg and the Tiger-Cats allow 343 yards per game, while Winnipeg allows 412.
The Tiger-Cats have the best rushing defense in the CFL, which bodes well against a Winnipeg team that is eighth out of nine teams in passing.
Winnipeg has been blown out twice this season, also dropping a 32-3 game, while Hamilton lost by one to Calgary and by four points to Montreal, which explains much of the point differential.
Zach Collaros has played well at quarterback for Hamilton, as the Cincinnati graduate has thrown for 1,444 yards and seven touchdowns, but hasn’t been as efficient as Winnipeg’s Drew Willy, who has also thrown for seven TDs, but has fewer attempts and has been intercepted less. But Collaros is asked not to lose games and let his defense do their job and for the most part he’s been able to do just that.
The Tiger-Cats are better offensively and defensively and even though this is a revenge game for the Blue Bombers, have to think that Hamilton has enough talent to get the cover.