Calgary Stampeders (9-2) vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 15, 2018, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Hamilton Tiger-Cats +1 -- Over/Under: 52
The Calgary Stampeders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats meet Saturday in CFL action at Tim Hortons Field.
The Calgary Stampeders look for a bounce back victory here after splitting their last four games. The Calgary Stampeders have lost their last two road games. Bo Levi Mitchell is completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 3,360 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Levi Mitchell has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 17 games. Kamar Jorden and DaVaris Daniels have combined for 1,694 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Marken Michel has 23 receptions. The Calgary Stampeders ground game is averaging 104.5 yards per contest, and Don Jackson leads the way with 603 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Calgary is allowing 20 points and 318.4 yards per game. Alex Singleton leads the Calgary Stampeders with 74 tackles, Micah Johnson has six sacks and Brandon Smith has two interceptions.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats look for a fourth straight victory to keep pace in the East Division. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have won three of their last five home games. Jeremiah Masoli is completing 66.9 percent of his passes for 3,576 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Masoli has 31 touchdown passes dating back to last season. Brandon Banks and Jalen Saunders have combined for 1,772 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Luke Tasker has 48 receptions. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats ground game is averaging 117.3 yards per contest, and Alex Green leads the way with 416 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Hamilton is allowing 23 points and 328 yards per game. Simoni Lawrence leads the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with 52 tackles, Ted Laurent has four sacks and Jumal Rolle has two interceptions.
The Stampeders are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Tiger-Cats are 5-13-2 ATS in their last 20 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Stampeders are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Hamilton, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the under is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings.
The Calgary Stampeders have won each of the last 10 games against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and most of those games weren't close. It's also very rare the Stampeders lose back-to-back regular season games. Yes, the Tiger-Cats are playing improved football late and have been deadly offensively when playing at home. However, it's not often you get the Stampeders and a line this low, as you're usually having to lay close to double-digit chalk. Based on Calgary's reputation and the history between these two teams, I have to side with the road team in this near toss-up.