Lions at Tiger-Cats: What bettors need to know

BC Lions at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (-1.5, 54)

The BC Lions stayed perfect at home when they defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last week. On Saturday, the Lions will try for a rare road win when they visit the Tiger-Cats in Guelph, Ont. BC quarterback Travis Lulay carried the offense against Hamilton with his first 300-yard passing game since 2012 and will need to continue that production until running back Andrew Harris - limited to 113 rushing yards over the last three games - can regain his early season form.

Hamilton continued its recent strong run of play in Friday’s 29-26 defeat as quarterback Henry Burris added to his league-leading passing yards total by tossing for another 352. The Tiger-Cats’ biggest issue was their slow start as they failed to record a first down until the second quarter. Hamilton has looked even better at home, including a 37-14 rout of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Week 9, as it grows more comfortable playing at Alumni Stadium.

TV: 4 p.m. ET, TSN

ABOUT THE LIONS (6-3): Harris is fourth in the league with 572 rushing yards. Linebacker Adam Bighill leads the defense with 43 tackles despite missing time with a sprained ankle. Linebacker Solomon Elimimian has 42 tackles to go with two interceptions, while Bighill also has three sacks to lead a strong BC defense. Defensive ends Khreem Smith and Brandon Jordan each have four sacks. Lulay’s favorite target is wide receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux, who has caught 30 passes for a team-leading 614 yards and four touchdowns.

ABOUT THE TIGER-CATS (4-5): Burris has thrown for 632 yards to wide receiver Greg Ellingson, 583 to Bakari Grant and 394 to Samuel Giguere. Andy Fantuz, who missed significant time due to injury, has 320 receiving yards. Running back C.J Gable has 306 yards on the season after battling injuries early on. Hamilton’s defense is led by defensive lineman Brandon Boudreaux, who has four sacks. The Tiger-Cats have made only four interceptions, but their run defense has improved - they have not surrendered more than 100 rushing yards in a game since a Week 5 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders

TRENDS:

* Lions are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games.
* Tiger-Cats are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games.
* Under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Hamilton.
* Lions are 1-6 ATS in their last seven meetings.

EXTRA POINTS:


1. Hamilton is 1-4 against West Division opponents. The Lions are 1-3 on the road.

2. Lions veteran K Paul McCallum completed a pass for 12 yards on a fake punt in Week 9.

3. The Tiger-Cats will wear uniforms commemorating the Hamilton Flying Wildcats, a football team formed in 1941. The Flying Wildcats won the Grey Cup in 1943 and merged with the defunct Hamilton Tigers in 1950 to form the Tiger-Cats.

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