Lions Host Ti-Cats in First of Back-to-Back
The BC Lions will be eager to get back on the field this week after letting one get away last week against the Montreal Alouettes – a team that trotted out Josh Neiswander and Tanner Marsh at QB – ugh!
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (4-4-0) vs. BC Lions (5-3-0)
Date/Time: Friday, August 30, 10:00 PM ET
Venue: BC Place Stadium, Vancouver BC
Broadcast: TSN, ESPN3.com
Cats vs. Lions Betting Lines from Bodog
Hamilton Tiger-Cats +6½ -110 Ov 53 -110
B.C. Lions -6½ -110 Un 53 -110
Somehow the Lions stellar defense was beaten down by these inexperienced pivots to the tune of 39 points – double ugh! This week the Leos host the suddenly hot Hamilton Tiger-Cats, winners of three straight games heading into Friday night’s contest.
The Tabbies optimism has to be tempered just a tad however – their last two wins have come against the CFL doormat Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the other came against Edmonton.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have looked good the last couple of weeks – the offense has looked in sync and the defense allowed just 235 yards last week in their win against Winnipeg. The Cats looks as balanced and as dangerous as we’ve seen in a very long time.
Hamilton is being led by veteran Henry Burris offensively. He currently leads the CFL in passing with 2,454 yards through the air with 12 TDs and a 65% completion rate. New names like Greg Ellingson have been added to a good group of receivers which has certainly helped.
Hamilton gained 464 yards last week on offense and will be looking to carry that forward this week as well.
The BC Lions absolutely should have won last week – no excuse!
Travis Lulay was underwhelming again converting 15 of 28 passes for 206 yards and 2 TDs. Lulay, despite sputtering a bit is still third in the CFL in passing with 1.897 yards and 13 TDs while generating a 64% completion rate.
His numbers are misleading to me – he doesn’t look like one of the elite passers at this point in time – although he does have 230 yards rushing to add to the danger factor.
Andrew Harris had a down week last week as well and has slipped to fourth in the CFL in rushing with 534 but he does have a healthy 5.1 yards per carry average. Harris is BC’s best offensive weapon – when he is off, the Lions tend to struggle.
Look for Harris to be heavily utilized this week – the Leos know that their fortunes are largely tied to the effectiveness of their running back.
As for the Lions defense. Their effort last week was totally uncharacteristic. Expect this unit to come out fired up this week! They have a lot to prove to their fans and the rest of the league!
Dave B’s Won’t Cost You Anything Free Betting Prediction:
A few trends to consider:
• Over is 7-1 in HAM last 8 games in Week 10.
• Under is 8-2 in BC last 10 games in August.
• BC are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Fri. games.
• BC are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
The Lions have made a habit of playing tight games this year – they seem to let teams hand around for too long.
I expect the same this week. While I like BC to win straight up, this game will be closer than you would expect.