The Betting Perspective - HAM @ EDM
Hamilton (-5.5) @ Edmonton: TOTAL 43.5
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats travel out West for the first time since mid-August Friday night to face the Edmonton Elks.
The Ticats grabbed a 32-3 win last week over the Redblacks in Hamilton. Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli put down his best performance of the season against Ottawa, Masoli went 25 of 28 for 320 yards and two touchdowns. The Ticats welcomed fellow slinger Dane Evans back to the lineup last week but it looks like the guy that took Hamilton to the 2019 Grey Cup will serve as the backup for the home stretch of the year. On the other side of the ball, Hamilton's defense have dominated away from home this season, holding opponents to under 20 points in four of their five road games.
The Elks are desperately looking for some sort of positive note to end their season, Edmonton are currently mired in a five-game losing skid. The Elks made a trade with Toronto this week to acquire quarterback Nick Arbuckle but Taylor Cornelius will get the start once again. Cornelius ranks dead last in quarterback efficiency at 73.3 amongst passers with over 100 attempts this season. In addition, one look at running back James Wilder Jr's game log could provide proof of the Elks struggles this year, Wilder Jr has broken the 75-yard rushing mark just once in his last six games. The lack of production comes after Wilder Jr opened the season with over 300 rushing yards in the first three contests of 2021.
From a betting perspective, the Ticats seem to be the play in this matchup against Edmonton. Jeremiah Masoli has absolutely torched his former team over the duration of his career, throwing for 1142 yards in his last three games against Edmonton, including seven touchdown passes against just three interceptions.
The Ticats are 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games in Edmonton.
Everything is pointing to the road team in this one and they are the better team; so let's lay the 5.5 points.
Pick: Hamilton -5.5