The annual CFL Hall of Fame takes place this Saturday afternoon in the Steel City. The league will induct seven new members as a pair of top teams do battle in an East-West showdown.
Odds Makers have marked the visiting Stampeders as slight -1.5 point favourites.
These two teams opened the 2018 season in Calgary with the Stampeders delivering a 28-14 home field win. The Stamps are 3-2 on the road this season, while the Ti-Cats are 3-2 at home. Overall, home turf hasn’t been good to the Cats, as they are 5-13-2 ATS in their last 20 home games. Hamilton has only covered two of their last 12 Saturday games against the spread. Head-to-head, these two teams are 10-2 to the under in their last 12 meetings.
Last week in a return match-up with the Eskimos the Stampeders turned over the ball seven times in a 48-42 loss to the Esks. That’s the most points the Stamps have given up to an opposition team this season. Entering that game with the Eskimos, the Stampeders only allowed an average of 17.2 against per game.
On the offensive side of the ball, this is old news, but the team is still looking for a solid replacement for Kamar Jorden, who is out the remainder of the season. They hope Reggie Begelton is the answer, as he hauled in seven passes for 153 yards in his first game since July 12. They might also be looking at receiver DaVaris Daniels, who caught four passes for 116 yards in the loss.
Of note, the Calgary Sun reported that starting running back Don Jackson was back at practice Tuesday for the first time since injuring his hamstring. He leads the team in rushing with 603 yards.
The Tiger-Cats enter this game on an impressive three game winning streak (two games at home) with wins against the Eskimos, and back-to-back victories against the lowly Argos. Led by quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, Hamilton possess the East division’s best scoring offence (fourth in the league) with 307 points in 11 games. Receiver Brandon Banks has been a favourite target of Masoli’s this season. He is second in the CFL in receiving yards (1033) and tied for third in the league with seven touchdowns.
Of note, earlier this week the Ti-Cats signed Marquay McDaniel and former CFL MOP Chad Owens to the practice roster. Owens has appeared in 105 career CFL games since 2009, amassing 16, 698 all-purpose yards and 37 touchdowns with the Alouettes, Argos, Tiger-Cats, and Roughriders. He will not play this weekend against the Stampeders.