The beautiful dance of Canadian Football continues with week 5 action of the CFL. As we approach the heart of the season, teams are beginning to shape their identities, with each game gaining more significance. The Ottawa REDBLACKS and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are no exception, squaring off in a battle that will be vital in setting the pace for their respective campaigns.
For those wondering, “What football games are on today?” or “REDBLACKS game today” or “Ti-Cats game today“, there is 1 CFL game on the agenda for July 8th.
CFL Games Today: Saturday, July 8
- Ottawa REDBLACKS vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Tim Hortons Field, Hamilton, ON
- 7:00 PM ET
- TSN, RDS, CBS Sports Network (USA), CFL live stream on CFL+
- Odds: Ottawa +1, Hamilton -1, O/U: 44.5
After securing their first win of the season against the Edmonton Elks, the REDBLACKS are looking to carry that momentum into Hamilton. Excitement surrounds the return of QB Jeremiah Masoli, who is back after a long injury hiatus. We will see how their offense looks with receivers Jaelon Acklin, Siaosi Mariner and Justin Hardy stepping up. Also, keep an eye on RB De’Montre Tuggle, who erupted for 126 yards last week.
The Ottawa defense is another highlight, conceding the second fewest points in the CFL. Notable defensive contributors are Brandin Dandridge, Damon Webb, and Douglas Coleman II, all of whom made interceptions in their last outing.
On the other hand, the Tiger-Cats are seeking their first win of the season after a bye week. Matt Shiltz looks to man the Ti-Cats offense while Bo Levi Mitchell is on the injured list. His preferred targets, Tim White and D’haquille Williams, who combined for 245 yards in their last game, will be key players to watch. However, their running game, led by James Butler, needs to step up after averaging a mere 58 yards per game.
Hamilton’s defense, despite its talent, has allowed the most points per game and 386.7 net yards of offence. They will need big performances from Ja’Gared Davis, Ted Laurent, Casey Sayles, and Jameer Thurman to disrupt Masoli and the REDBLACKS offense.
CFL Prediction & Picks
Given the Tiger-Cats’ struggle to contain offenses and the REDBLACKS’ improving form, and the return of Masoli. I’m inclined to favor Ottawa in this matchup. It’s a close call, but I’d take the REDBLACKS with the points (+1), and the under 44.5, given the solid defensive performance of the Ottawa team this season.
Remember, in betting, always follow the data, but do consider the circumstances. In this case, while Ottawa seems to have the edge, the emotional return of Masoli to Hamilton might just swing things in favor of the Tiger-Cats. It promises to be an exciting game of CFL action!
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