Tiger-Cats vs. Blue Bombers Prediction: CFL Week 1 Point Spread, Odds

David Bastl | Updated Aug 03, 2021

Blue Bombers vs. Ti-Cats, 2019

The CFL's first game on opening night will feature the Hamilton Tiger-Cats visiting the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a Grey Cup rematch.

Hamilton
3-3
AT
August 05, 2021, 8:30 PM ET
IG Field
Winnipeg
6-1

The CFL is back! Thursday night marks the first Football game north of the border since November 24, 2019.

Ironically the two teams that met that afternoon in Calgary, will meet again in the Grey Cup matchup in Winnipeg.

CFL Odds and Betting

The Bombers knocked off the TiCats 33-12 at the 107th Canadian championship. Dating back to the 2017 season these two teams have played seven games in total with the Tabbies winning four of them.

During the 2019 regular season, the TiCats swept the two-game series with scores of 33-12 and 23-15. Sports Interaction has Hamilton’s win total (CFL Futures) listed at 9.5 wins and Winnipeg’s at 8.5 wins. They are the top two teams listed in this category.

The forecast for Thursday evening is 25 degrees Celsius with partly cloudy skies.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The Tiger-Cats are back and looking to improve on a franchise-best 15-3 season in 2019.  After winning the East in 2019, they’ve had almost two full years to stew on their Grey Cup loss to the Blue Bombers.

After a strong training camp, Head Coach Orlondo Steinauer named Jeremiah Masoli starting quarterback. The season opener at IG Field will mark Masoli’s first game since he suffered a torn ACL against the Blue Bombers on July 26, 2019. Back-up Dane Evans, who led the Tabbies to the Grey Cup will be ready if called upon.

On the defensive side, Hamilton will feel the losses of shutdown corner Delvin Breaux Sr. (retirement) and Richard Leonard (signed in Calgary).  The defensive line is completely intact, with Ja’Gared Davis, Ted Laurent, Dylan Wynn and Julian Howsare all returning.

Wide Receiver Bralon Anderson and Running back Don Jackson were both limited this week and could be question marks for this contest. Receiver DeVier Posey has been ruled out for week one. Posey suffered a calf injury during training camp.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Quarterback Zach Collaros won every game he started for the Blue Bombers in 2019, including three postseason wins on the road. The great news for Collaros is the return of the Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Canadian, Andrew Harris. Harris rushed for 1380 yards and four touchdowns in 2019 along with 529 receiving yards.

However, Harris has missed most of training camp with a calf injury and is doubtful for the first week of the season. Brady Oliveira and Johnny Augustine will likely split backfield duties versus the TiCats. The running attack has been key to any Bombers success in the past. Winnipeg led the CFL with 147.9 rushing yards a game in 2019.

Receiver Darvin Adams (shoulder) and linebacker Kyrie Wilson (thigh), but both are doubtful for Thursday. With Adams out, former New York Jet ArDarius Stewart has been lining up with the first team, along with Charles Nelson.

Keep an eye out on Cornerback DeAundre Alford, who will likely start at field-side cornerback on Thursday, and will face MOP receiver Brandon Banks in his first CFL game. Banks caught 8 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in the 2019 Grey Cup.

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