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Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/31/14

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-3) vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (4-1)

CFL Football: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Ron Joyce Stadium)

The Line: Winnipeg Blue Bombers See the Latest Odds


The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats square off on Thursday in a CFL matchup.

The Blue Bombers bounced back with a convincing win over the BC Lions last week to improve to 4-1 on the season. The Blue Bombers have an explosive offense that is led by quarterback Drew Willy, who is second in the CFL with a 1,301 passing yards and is completing better than 63 percent of his passes. The Blue Bombers offense averages 28.2 points and 336 yards per game. Defensively, Winnipeg has one of the best pass rushes in the CFL with a total of five players racking up at least two sacks. Zach Anderson leads the Blue Bombers with three sacks. Overall defensively, the Blue Bombers allow 22.8 points on 357.8 yards.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/31/14

The Tiger-Cats need a win as they’re sitting with an ugly 1-3 record, but that lone victory did come last week against the Ottawa Redblacks. The Tiger-Cats are struggling to get anything going on the offensive end, as they average just 18.5 points on 338.8 yards. The Tiger-Cats are led by quarterback Dan LeFevour, who leads the team in passing yards and rushing yards and is completing better than 73 percent of his passes. Defensively, the Tiger-Cats allow 23 points and 325.2 yards per game. Hamilton doesn’t have much of a pass rush but does have a playmaker in defensive back Rico Murray who has two interceptions.

The Blue Bombers are 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Tiger-Cats are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. The Blue Bombers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

LeFevour is more than capable of taking over games and leading the Tiger-Cats to another victory, but the Blue Bombers are the overall better team. I expect Winnipeg to dial up the pressure and the Blue Bombers defense to win this game. We won't need the points in this one but take them anyway. 

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