Week 6 CFL Notebook: Ti-Cats at Eskimos

For the second time this season the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Edmonton Eskimos clash

 

It’s been more than seven years since the Hamilton Ti-Cats had a winning road record and so far in 2013 they are off to a 0-2 start straight-up and against the spread. Oddsmakers offered the Eskies at -3 for a few days this week but most of those numbers have since made their way to -3.5 at sportsbooks with a total of 53.5.

 

The Cats were whipped 37-0 in their first road trip to the West this season and since 2007 they are 4-21 SU when travelling to face non-divisional foes. 16 of those 25 games did play over the total including four of the past five visits to Commonwealth Stadium.

 

Hamilton is 0-6 SU and 3-3 ATS its six most recent stops vs. the Eskies but the recent string is a three-game losing streak SU/ATS. The Cats are a banged up crew and this is really a step down in competition for Edmonton who have already had to face the Riders once and Lions twice. Edmonton took the first meeting between these two teams 30-20 in Week 2 at Guelph.

 

Edmonton is averaging 19.8 points per game (PPG) on offense and allowing 27.8 PPG but as stated, that was against some much stiffer competition and in some adverse conditions. The 3-point spread hasn’t factored into any of the final scores this year so we’ll offer an opinion on the home side but our official play for this week will be posted Saturday for Winnipeg at BC.