Both the Bombers and the Tiger-Cats are trending up in the CFL standings as of late, coming off wins that combined for over 90 points scored in those victories. Expect another offensive shootout Friday night.
Odds makers have the Blue Bombers favourites in this game at -5, and the game total is 56.5 points.
These two teams met back on June 29 in Hamilton, as the Tiger-Cats tamed the Blue Bombers 31-17. It was arguably the Bombers worst loss of the season, as they were dominated in every category. Back-up Chris Streveler struggled in only his second career CFL start. Overall, the Bombers have won three out of the last five games played, and are 4-0 in their last four games at home against the Tiger-Cats. Of note, the Bombers are 8-3 ATS versus a team with a losing record, and 7-3 ATS in their last ten home games. But the Ti-Cats are 8-2 ATS in their ten road games and an impressive 8-0 ATS in their Friday night games.
With 147 points scored this year, Hamilton has the fourth ranked offence in the CFL averaging 25.86 points per game. The key to that offence has been the play of quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. Masoli has thrown for at least 300 yards in six of seven games this season, and has been working with two of the top five ranked receivers in the league.
Jalen Saunders has 686 receiving yards this season (ranked second), while Brandon Banks has caught 612 yards receiving (ranked fifth) including 227 yards in the last two games.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The Blue Bombers are coming off their first bye week of the season, and sit comfortably in the West with a (4-3) record, and winners of two straight entering this game with the Tiger-Cats. Running back Andrew Harris has been the story with the leagues number one scoring offence (239 points scored, 34.14 points per game). Harris leads the league in rushing with 638 yards and was recently named the month of July top performer. Ironically both of these teams have allowed 147 points against in seven games. Most recently the defence has found their way, only allowing 20 or less points against in the last four games (3-1 over that time).
One of the reasons has been the play of Javon Santos-Knox who was named defensive top performer in their last game. Santos-Knox and team mate Adam Bighill are among the CFL league leaders in tackles this season.