Tiger-Cats (0-7) vs. Redblacks (1-6-1)
CFL Football: Friday, August 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Tim Hortons Field)
The Line: Tiger-Cats +4 -- Over/Under: 56 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Ottawa Redblacks and Hamilton Tiger-Cats meet Friday in CFL action at Tim Hortons Field.
The Ottawa Redblacks are getting desperate for a victory to rebound from a 1-6-1 start. The Ottawa Redblacks are 0-3 on the road this season. Trevor Harris is completing 70.1 percent of his passes for 2,468 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Harris has six touchdown passes in his last three games played. Greg Ellingson and Brad Sinopoli have combined for 1,338 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Joshua Stangby has 25 receptions. The Ottawa Redblacks ground game is averaging 80.4 yards per contest, and William Powell leads the way with 272 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Ottawa is allowing 28.6 points and 437 yards per game. Taylor Reed leads the Ottawa Redblacks with 40 tackles, Zack Evans has three sacks and Antoine Pruneau has two interceptions.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats also need a victory to rebound from a brutal 0-7 start. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats haven’t won a home game since September 16. Zach Collaros is completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 1,641 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. Collaros and Jeremiah Masoli have combined for seven touchdowns this season. Jalen Saunders and Luke Tasker have combined for 737 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Mike Jones has 20 receptions. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats ground game is averaging 58.1 yards per contest, and Ross Scheuerman leads the way with 145 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Hamilton is allowing 39 points and 475.7 yards per game. Larry Dean leads the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with 32 tackles, Ted Laurent has four sacks and Richard Leonard has two interceptions.
The RedBlacks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. East and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Tiger-Cats are 0-6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. East and 8-20-2 ATS in their last 30 games overall. The RedBlacks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The trends suggest taking the Redblacks given the way they cover games dating back to last season, but I'm not sure I can leave free points on the table with a home team when neither club is winning games. Both of these teams have played some rough football to start the season and a combined 1-13-1 SU record is the result. In a game like this, I feel a little more comfortble knowing I have some points in my back pocket.