Eskimos (5-0) vs. Tiger-Cats (0-5)
CFL Football: Friday, August 4, 2017 at 9:30 pm (Commonwealth Stadium)
The Line: Eskimos -14 -- Over/Under: 55 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Edmonton Eskimos meet Friday in CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are still looking for their first victory after a slow 0-5 start to the CFL season. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have lost three straight road games. Zach Collaros is completing 62.4 percent of his passes for 1,143 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions. Collaros and Jeremiah Masoli have combined for six interceptions this season. Jalen Saunders and Luke Tasker have combined for 557 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Mike Jones has 16 receptions. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats ground game is averaging 63.2 yards per contest, and Ross Scheuerman leads the way with 145 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Hamilton is allowing 40.2 points and 489.8 yards per game. Will Hill leads the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with 23 tackles, Ted Laurent has four sacks and Richard Leonard has two interceptions.
The Edmonton Eskimos look to stay hot while building on their impressive 5-0 start to the CFL season. The Edmonton Eskimos haven’t lost a home game since September 10. Mike Reilly is completing 72.3 percent of his passes for 1,628 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Reilly has six touchdown passes in his last three games played. Brandon Zylstra and Vidal Hazelton have combined for 901 receiving yards and four touchdowns while D'haquille Williams has 16 receptions. The Edmonton Eskimos ground game is averaging 83.6 yards per contest, and Travon Van leads the way with 207 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Edmonton is allowing 24.2 points and 337.4 yards per game. Kenny Ladler leads the Edmonton Eskimos with 30 tackles, Odell Willis has five sacks and Arjen Colquhoun has one interception.
The Tiger-Cats are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 1-8 ATS in their last 9 road games and 7-20-2 ATS in their last 29 games overall. The Eskimos are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games, 0-2-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Tiger-Cats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Edmonton and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Edmonton.
Edmonton already beat Hamilton by three points on the road this season, and the Tiger-Cats just got lost by 59 points to the Calgary Stampeders. This is a game where you usually eat the chalk, but I'm not comfortable laying two touchdowns when four of the five Eskimos victories have come by four or less points. None of Edmonton's wins this season overall have been decided by more than 11 points. I know Hamilton isn't good and last weeks loss makes it a team that's hard to back. But Edmonton plays in close games, and we're getting two free touchdowns. I'll take it if forced to.