Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2-1) vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-2)
CFL Football: Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Mosaic Stadium
The Line: Saskatchewan Roughriders +6 -- Over/Under: 49 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Saskatchewan Roughriders meet Thursday in CFL action at Mosaic Stadium.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats look for their third straight victory to get off to an impressive 3-1 record. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have won five of their last seven road games. Jeremiah Masoli is completing 70.8 percent of his passes for 1,045 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Masoli has 19 touchdown passes dating back to last season. Jalen Saunders and Brandon Banks have combined for 495 receiving yards and one touchdown while Luke Tasker has 16 receptions. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats ground game is averaging 121 yards per contest, and Mercer Timmis leads the way with 166 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Hamilton is allowing 22 points and 352.3 yards per game. Larry Dean leads the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with 17 tackles, Julian Howsare has one sack and Cariel Brooks has one interception.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders look for their second home victory of the season to get back to a .500 record. The Saskatchewan Roughriders have lost four of their last six home games. Zach Collaros is completing 62.9 percent of his passes for 309 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Collaros and Brandon Bridge have combined for two touchdown passes and five interceptions this season. Shaquelle Evans and Naaman Roosevelt have combined for 262 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Caleb Holley has six receptions. The Saskatchewan Roughriders ground game is averaging 88.3 yards per contest, and Jerome Messam leads the way with 100 yards on 28 carries. Defensively, Saskatchewan is allowing 27.3 points and 345 yards per game. Derrick Moncrief leads the Saskatchewan Roughriders with 15 tackles, Charleston Hughes has four sacks and Duron Carter has one interception.
The Tiger-Cats are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games, 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 Thursday games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Roughriders are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss. The Tiger-Cats are 4-16-1 ATS in their last 21 meetings in Saskatchewan, 10-26-1 ATS in their last 37 meetings and the under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
I thought about taking the Roughriders and the free touchdown at home, but they just lost to Montreal, easily the worst team in the league, as 10.5 point favorites. It's hard to remove that loss from your brain and back the Saskatchewan Roughriders the very next week. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have had a rough schedule to start the season and are sitting with a pretty 2-1 record. Hamilton even hung around with Calagry until running out of gas in the fourth quarter. You have to be impressed with the Tiger-Cats at the moment. I'll lay the chalk on the road.