Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (-4,
Dan LeFevour and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats try to build on their
first victory when they host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on
Thursday. The Blue Bombers already have surpassed their total
from 2013 with four victories on the strength of new additions
such as quarterback Drew Willy and kicker Lirim Hajrullahu.
Former Hamilton defensive back Matt Bucknor also have proved a
timely addition, as he leads the team with 21 tackles.
LeFevour looked great in his first career CFL start, powering
the Tiger-Cats’ offense to 558 total yards after spending last
season taking short-yardage duty. He should be under center
again for Hamilton with Zach Collaros on the injured list, but
he faces a much steeper challenge against a Winnipeg defense
that limited its opponent to six points in Week 5. Willy is
second in the league with 1,301 passing yards, but the
Tiger-Cats’ defense averages the fewest passing yards allowed
in the East (226.3).
TV: 7 p.m. ET, TSN
LINE HISTORY: The LV Superbook opened the Ti-Cats as
3.5-point home faves but that moved up to -4 earlier Wednesday.
The total opened 51 but dropped to 50.
INJURY REPORT: Blue Bombers – SB Cory Watson
(Questionable, hamstring). Tiger-Cats – QB Zach Collaros
(Six-game IR, head)
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “I expected continued
regression from the Bombers last week but we saw anything but
as they manhandled the Lions in B.C. I’m still not sure
Winnipeg is quite as good as its record suggests. There are
plenty of Ti-Cat doubters out there but I believe the
oddsmakers have it right installing them as a favorite here.
Dan LeFevour may not be a long-term solution under center but
in the short-term I do expect him to succeed.” Covers Expert
ABOUT THE BLUE BOMBERS (4-1): Willy’s primary
target has been Nick Moore, who has 320 receiving yards and
will be counted on more as long as Aaron Kelly is injured. Nic
Grigsby has registered 287 rushing yards and three touchdowns
to start his first CFL season. Defensive tackle Zach Anderson
leads the team with three sacks.
ABOUT THE TIGER-CATS (1-3): Defensive back
Craig Butler was seen wearing a walking boot on the sidelines
at practice on Monday and could miss Thursday’s game. Running
back C.J. Gable recorded 167 of his 288 combined yards last
week. Linebacker Rico Murray has made two of the team’s three
* Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
* Blue Bombers are 1-4 ATS in their last five meetings.
* Tiger-Cats are 1-5 ATS in their last six Thursday games.
COVERS CONSENSUS: 51.79 percent of wagers on
Covers Consensus are backing the Tiger-Cats.