Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (+2.5, 59.5)
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers look to extend their winning streak to three games when they battle the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on the road Saturday. The Blue Bombers have won back-to-back games on the final play as Andrew Harris ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the 41-40 victory against the Montreal Alouettes before Justin Medlock kicked a field goal as time expired to down the Ottawa Redblacks 33-30, and hope to win their third straight meeting with the Tiger-Cats after sweeping the season series in 2016.
Winnipeg has scored at least 33 points in each of its last four games and can improve to 4-0 against East Division opponents in 2017 with another victory. Hamilton is still searching for its first win of the season following a 33-28 setback to the Edmonton Eskimos in Week 7. The Tiger-Cats demoted defensive coordinator Jeff Reinebold on Tuesday and replaced him with former linebackers coach Phillip Lolley, who will be tasked with turning around a struggling unit which ranks last in points allowed (39) and net yards allowed (460.8) per game. "Phillip is a great football mind that has been around the game at all levels for a very long time," Hamilton coach Kent Austin told reporters. "He has been an excellent addition to our coaching staff this season and we fully expect him to flourish in his expanded role with our team moving forward."
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS
LINE HISTORY: The Blue Bombers opened as 2.5-point road favorites and was bet down as low at 1.5 before bouncing back to an even 2. The total opened at 59.5 and has yet to move off the opening number. Check out the complete line history here.
ABOUT THE BLUE BOMBERS (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS, 5-1 O/U): Medlock was named one of the CFL's Top Performers of the Week after he kicked six field goals, including the game-winning 38-yard attempt as time expired, against Ottawa. "Most guys that are at the top of the heap in their craft make it look easy," Winnipeg coach Mike O'Shea said of Medlock. "He works extremely hard to make it look like that." Wide receiver Addison Richards, who was selected 11th overall in the 2015 CFL Draft, announced his retirement after a slew of injuries hampered his ability to stay in the lineup.
ABOUT THE TIGER-CATS (0-6 SU, 1-4-1 ATS, 5-1 O/U): Zach Collaros threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns against Edmonton after being limited to 102 yards the previous week against the Calgary Stampeders. All-star defensive back Emanuel Davis, who hasn't made an appearance this year because of injury, practiced with the team this week and could be in line to make his season debut. Hamilton made a series of roster moves as they signed offensive lineman Tony Washington, defensive end Mike McAdoo and wide receiver Gerell Robinson while releasing quarterback Logan Kilgore and wide receiver Kevin Elliott, who has caught 11 touchdown passes since 2015 with Toronto and Hamilton.
* Blue Bombers are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games.
* Tiger-Cats are 0-6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
* Over is 10-1 in Blue Bombers last 11 road games.
* Over is 5-0 in Tiger-Cats last 5 games overall.
* Over is 4-0 in Tiger-Cats last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
COVERS CONSENSUS: The road favorite Blue Bombers are getting 63 percent of the action from Covers users and the Under is picking up 56 percent of the totals wagers. View full consensus data for this matchup here. View full consensus data for this matchup here.
* Winnipeg has scored more than 40 points in three of its six games in 2017.
* Hamilton has given up an average of 41.3 points over its last three contests.
* Collaros is winless in his last 10 regular-season starts.
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