Lions (1-0) vs. Tiger-Cats (0-1)
The BC Lions host their second consecutive Friday night game this week when they host another one of the Grey Cup favorites, Hamilton. The Lions did what they were supposed to do in Week 1 – soundly defeat Winnipeg while the Tiger-Cats struggled in their season debut in a loss to the Roughriders.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-1) vs. British Columbia Lions (1-0)
When: Friday, July 6, 2012, 10:00 PM ET
Where: BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC
Ti-Cats vs. Lions Betting Lines from Bodog (Bovada if in USA)
Spread: Lions -7 (-110)
Moneyline: Tiger-Cats +230: Lions -275
Over/Under: 53 points
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats got off to an awful start to their 2012 campaign in their home opener last week – a 43-16 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Losing in Week 1 is nothing new to Hamilton – they have now lost an incredible eight straight Week 1 games.
With a new quarterback and a new running back in tow, Hamilton will try to get their first win of the season against the defending champs – not exactly an easy task.
Hamilton entered the 2012 season as one of the sexy picks to do very well but like everything else, success with new pieces takes time.
New quarterback Henry Burris looked shaky at best in completing 28 of 39 passes for 284 yards and an interception. New running back Chevon Walker was the lone bright spot for the Tiger-Cats on the night – he rambled for 132 yards on just seven carries to lead the way.
The Tiger-Cats are optimistic that they will come up with a better effort this week. But a look back at last week revealed a team totally out of sync and with the Lions daunting defense looming, it is difficult to imagine a better outcome this week.
Perhaps the more scary stats came on defense. Hamilton gave up over 500 yards of offense to Saskatchewan last week and now find themselves having to slow down perhaps the most balanced offense in the game.
The BC Lions looked impressive on both sides of the ball last week in their 33-16 win against Winnipeg. Travis Lulay was efficient and effective completing 17 of 25 passes for 233 yards and a score and rushing for 44 more yards.
The pressure is now off the Lions to get Geroy Simon his record breaking yards – now they can operate without impunity which is a scary thought.
Although the Lions didn’t exactly light the score board on fire last week, they did enough and kicker Paul McCallum was there to mop up as usual.
Like the Tiger-Cats BC’s offense should be better having one regular season game under their belts.
BC’s defense was typically solid last week allowing just 16 points and 204 total yards of offense in their win.
The Lions look in mid-season form on the defensive side of the ball – a scary thought for the rest of the league.
Dave’s Won’t Cost You Anything Free CFL Betting Prediction
This game shouldn’t be close – shouldn’t!
BC is clearly the class of the league early in the season while the Cats have shown that there are definitely some growing pains for their fans to suffer through.
Again, I look at the Under in this game – The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Hamilton’s last 7 games on the road and has gone UNDER in 7 of Hamilton’s last 9 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of British Columbia’s last 16 games when playing Hamilton.