Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/26/15
Calgary Stampeders (0-0) vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-0)
CFL Football: Friday, June 26, 2015 at 9:05 pm (McMahon Stadium)
The Line: Calgary Stampeders -7 -- Over/Under: 53 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSN, RDS2
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Calgary Stampeders meet Friday night at the McMahon Stadium.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats look to build on a 9-9 season in which they’ve played for the Grey Cup back-to-back seasons. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will rely heavily on quarterback Zach Collaros, who threw for 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions in his first season with the Ticats. Collaros had a strong finish last year, and he has comfortable targets to throw to in Luke Tasker and Brandon Banks. Defensively, the Tiger-Cats were second-best in the CFL last season and are still led by Eric Norwood and Rico Murray, a duo that combined for 13 sacks and five interceptions. The Tiger-Cats are a deep football team that should be better on the offensive side with a healthy quarterback. Luke Tasker is questionable with a lower-body injury.
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The Calgary Stampeders look to start things off right after winning last year’s Grey Cup. The Calgary Stampeders are one of the tougher teams to slow down on the offensive end, as Bo Levi Mitchell and Jon Cornish are one of the top 1-2 punches in the league. The Stampeders averaged more than 360 yards last season and turned the ball over only 29 times. Once again, the Stampeders are going to be fun to watch offensively. Defensively, Jamar Wall and Keon Raymond combined for 11 interceptions, while Charleston Hughes had a solid eight sacks. Losing Shawn Lemon will impact Calgary's defense, which ranked in the middle of the pack last season, but there’s enough playmakers on that side to get the job done. The Stampeders look to become the first team in the CFL to repeat since 2010.
The Tiger-Cats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 15-36 ATS in their last 51 games in Week 1. The Stampeders are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in June and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Tiger-Cats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Calgary.
The Calgary Stampeders are just way too explosive offensively and will be eager to get off to another strong start at home after winning last year's championship. I like the Stampeders to win by double digits.