CFL Football Pick: Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos
Friday, August 2, 9 p.m. (ET)
Television: TSN (Canada)
CFL Betting Odds: VietBet
Pointspread: Edmonton -2
Total Line: 54
Hamilton will head on the road this Friday night looking to snap a two-game skid after dropping both ends of a home-and-home series against Saskatchewan the past two weeks both straight-up and against the spread. It is now 1-4 SU and a very costly 0-5 ATS on the year with the total staying UNDER in its last four games.
One of the big problems with the Tiger-Cats this season has been their inability to put points on the board. Quarterback Henry Burris has played lights-out with a league-high 1,510 passing yards while completing 64.2 percent of his throws, but all his team has to show for it is 99 total points, which is actually tied with Edmonton for last in the CFL. The highlight of the season was the 34 points they put up in an opening-day loss to Toronto. Since then, they have not scored more than 25 points in any of their last four games.
Edmonton is pretty much in the same boat at 1-4 both SU and ATS, but its lone victory of the season was a 30-20 win over Hamilton on the road as a seven-point underdog in Week 2. The total stayed UNDER the 55.5-point line in that game after going OVER in both meetings last season. The total has gone OVER in three of the Eskimos other four games this year.
Scoring has also been an issue for Edmonton this year, but only at home. The Eskimos posted a total of 78 points in three road games but they managed to score just 18 points in their home opener against the Roughriders and three points in a Week 3 loss at home to British Columbia. Mike Reilly has taken the majority of the snaps at quarterback but for the most part he has been ineffective with a completion percentage of 56.3 and six interceptions verse just five touchdown throws.
Free CFL Pick
While both team’s current form leaves much to be desired at this point of the season, the free CFL pick in this contest is the home team laying the points. The Eskimos are still the better all-around team especially on defense, which will be enough to squeeze-out the win.
Edmonton 28 Hamilton 23
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