The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and BC Lions meet Thursday in week 7 CFL action at the BC Place. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats look to build on their 1-4 start to the season. The BC Lions look to add to their 3-1 start.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have lost 6 of their last 11 regular season games. Dane Evans is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,423 yards, 7 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Tim White and Steven Dunbar have combined for 670 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, while Bralon Addison has 26 receptions. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats ground game is averaging 64.6 yards per contest, and Evans leads the way with 75 yards on 17 carries. Defensively, Hamilton is allowing 28.2 points and 347 yards per game. Jovan Santos-Knox leads the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with 32 tackles, Julian Howsare has 3 sacks and Kameron Kelly has 2 interceptions.
The BC Lions have lost 8 of their last 12 regular season games. Nathan Rourke is completing 80 percent of his passes for 1,355 yards, 12 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Dominique Rhymes and Keon Hatcher have combined for 673 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns, while Lucky Whitehead has 22 receptions. The BC Lions ground game is averaging 129.3 yards per contest, and James Butler leads the way with 243 yards and 3 touchdowns. Defensively, BC is allowing 23 points and 310 yards per game. Bo Lokombo leads the BC Lions with 20 tackles, Sione Teuhema has 3 sacks and TJ Lee has 2 interceptions.
The Tiger-Cats are 5-16-1 ATS in their last 22 Thursday games and 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 games in July. The Lions are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in July and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Tiger-Cats last 7 games overall. The over is 9-1 in Lions last 10 games overall. The Tiger-Cats are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in BC and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats don't get many brownie points for beating the Redblacks, as they still can't run the ball, they have issues finishing drives offensively and the defense is eighth in scoring defense. The BC Lions have the best offense in the league across the board, their defense is first in total defense, and they've had an extra week to prepare for this game. Yes, Hamilton has won 5 straight meetings against BC, but there's a lot to like about the Lions in this matchup to end the streak. The Tiger-Cats have also failed to cover each of their last 6 games. I'll lay the points with the home team.