Friday night CFL betting action is back with a pair of duels for you to dig into. In the first half of the double dip, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers will meet for the second time this season.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1-1, 1-1 ATS) - The Blue Bombers were on the wrong end of the biggest upset of the season in the CFL to date last week when they were defeated by the Toronto Argonauts 36-34 at home as double digit chalks. Winnipeg got a fantastic game out of its offense, as the unit put up 493 yards. The rushing attack might have had 147 yards to cheer about, but 103 of those came on seven QB Buck Pierce carries. Pierce also had 366 yards and three TDs through the air. It was a particularly strong game for WR Terence Jeffers-Harris, who had seven catches for 152 yards and two TDs in the win. The defense might have allowed 36 points, but all in all, it wasn't an awful game by that unit. The 'D' only conceded two majors on offense and really held the passing game for the Argos down. All things considered, giving up 317 yards of total offense isn't a miserable effort. The backbreaker came early in the fourth quarter when K Alexis Serna missed a 45 yard field goal that was returned 117 yards for a touchdown. The Bombers never led again and dropped to 1-1 on the campaign.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-2, 0-2 ATS) - The Tabbies wish they had the .500 problem to contend with right now. They played a game against the Calgary Stampeders that was designed to be a revenge game for K Sandro DeAngelis, who was a Stampeder until this season. However, DeAngelis was called upon four times and only converted twice in the game on field goals, and he wasn't asked to try to boot a short field goal at the goal line in the second half that could have given Hamilton a lead that ultimately would have likely stood up. Instead, Hamilton was stopped at the doorstep, and it never really felt like it had a fantastic chance to beat the Stamps from that point on. DeAngelis could have been a hero at the end of the game, but his 59 yard attempt to win was blocked. QB Kevin Glenn rebounded from a bad game against these Blue Bombers two weeks ago by going 26-for-34 through the air with 356 yards and a score. Expect more work from RB DeAndra Cobb, who is one of just two starting running backs in the CFL to not have at least 100 yards of rushing through two games.
In that Week 1 encounter, the Blue Bombers were short underdogs and ultimately pounced in a huge way with a 49-29 victory. A win could clinch up the season series for Winnipeg and put a huge strain on a Hamilton team that was expected to do well this season. However, back in Steeltown, the Tabbies can't afford to drop yet another game. Expect them to come out swinging to notch their first win of the year and to get some payback for the defeat at Canad Inns Stadium two weeks ago.
Selection: Hamilton Tiger-Cats -3.5 at BetCanadian