Edmonton Eskimos (6-3) vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (3-5)
CFL Football: Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Tim Hortons Field)
The Line: Hamilton Tiger-Cats +1 -- Over/Under: 57.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Edmonton Eskimos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats meet Thursday in CFL action at Tim Hortons Field.
The Edmonton Eskimos look to keep the ball rolling after winning four of their last five games. The Edmonton Eskimos have split their last four road games. Mike Reilly is completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,046 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Reilly has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. D'haquille Williams and Derel Walker have combined for 1,647 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Kenny Stafford has 37 receptions. The Edmonton Eskimos ground game is averaging 99.1 yards per contest, and CJ Gable leads the way with 532 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Edmonton is allowing 24.7 points and 347.1 yards per game. J.C. Sherritt leads the Edmonton Eskimos with 48 tackles, Kwaku Boateng has five sacks and Monshadrik Hunter has one interception.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats could use a feel good victory here after losing four of their last five games. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have lost two of their last three home games. Jeremiah Masoli is completing 66.4 percent of his passes for 2,465 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. Masoli has 23 touchdown passes dating back to last season. Brandon Banks and Jalen Saunders have combined for 1,430 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Luke Tasker has 24 receptions. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats ground game is averaging 109.6 yards per contest, and Masoli leads the way with 287 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Hamilton is allowing 22 points and 330.2 yards per game. Simoni Lawrence leads the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with 43 tackles, Ted Laurent has three sacks and Jumal Rolle has two interceptions.
The Eskimos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in August, 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 0-12 ATS in their last 12 games in Week 11. The Tiger-Cats are 3-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 4-12-2 ATS in their last 18 home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Eskimos are 4-0-2 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Hamilton, 0-2-2 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Hamilton.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats already beat Edmonton on the road this year and is currently outscoring teams by nine points in their last three games. The Eskimos have been very shaky on the defensive side this season and despite the sexy SU record, they've covered just three of their nine games. Hamilton has had an extra week to prepare, and this feels like a game where it will have defensive success. I'll take the home team and the free point in this toss-up.