CFL preview: Calgary Stampeders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Aug 8, 2012 |
Calgary Stampeders vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (-4, 61)

Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton, 7:00p.m. ET

After an 0-2 start to the season the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have become one of the hottest bets in summer sports after winning three straight games outright and four straight games against the spread. 

The streak comes just in time for quarterback Henry Burris to face his old team, the Calgary Stampeders, Thursday night in Hammertown. Burris has helped the Ticats score at least 35 points in each of their last four games, making them the highest scoring team in the league. He has tossed 15 touchdowns against just three interceptions.

Things are a little more bleak on defense where Hamilton ranks last in the league in points allowed (33.4 per game), yards allowed (426.4), and fewest sacks (6). The only good part about that for bettors is the over has been reliable at 5-0 in Hamilton's games this season.

Calgary’s defense hasn’t been any better than its opponent. The Stampeders have surrendered at least 33 points in each of its last four games and they went 1-3 straight up and against the spread during that span.

The offensive line is a huge area of concern for Calgary entering Week 7 after it helped the offense gain just 29 yards rushing in a 34-8 loss to B.C. in its last game in Week 5. There are key injuries at left guard and right tackle and they’ll be plugging holes with less experience than they’d like.

Underdog Calgary will need a big game from wide receiver Nik Lewis, who leads the league with six touchdowns this season.

Trends and notes:

Over is 5-0 in Stampeders last five vs. a team with a winning record.
Stampeders rank second in the league with just 90.8 rushing yards against.
Stampeders rank last in the league in time of possession at 22:50 per game.
Stampeders are 5-2 ATS in their last seven meetings.
Over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.
Kevin Glenn is 1-2 as starting QB for Calgary in replacement of the injured Drew Tate. Glenn was traded to Calgary in the Burris trade in the offseason.

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