It doesn’t get much more meaningful than playing for control of your division this late in the season. Ottawa was in control of the East Division, but a loss to Edmonton coupled with Hamilton beating Toronto created a logjam at the top of the standings. A win over the other will not make the victor the division champ.
But it will put him in the driver’s seat.
For Hamilton, the winning formula is simple—get Jeremiah Masoli on the same page with his wide receivers early in the game. If he can do that and put some points on the board, they can force the Redblacks to play catch up.
While the Redblacks do have the No. 1 passing game in the league (they average .1 yards more than Hamilton), the Tiger-Cats have the No. 1 pass defence in the league. So, while Ottawa could be just fine playing catch up, it isn’t going to be easy.
Hamilton will likely be studying the film for the second half of last week’s Ottawa-Edmonton game to see how the Eskimos shut them out.
Defence and the kicking game ruled the day back in Week Seven when these two played. Will that is the case again?
Probably not. There is too much on the line for both teams for someone not to emerge and have a standout performance. While Redblacks pivot Trevor Harris is good, it is easier to see Jeremiah Masoli blowing up than him.
So, take the Ticats (-100) to win over the Redblacks (-120) and beat the spread (1). As for the over/under—take the over (53.5)