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Edmonton Eskimos vs. Toronto Argonauts CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/27/15

Toronto Argonauts (0-0) vs. Edmonton Eskimos (0-0)

CFL Football: Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 5:05 pm (SMS Stadium)

The Line: Edmonton -9 / Toronto +9 -- Over/Under: 49.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TSN

The Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts meet Saturday afternoon at the SMS Stadium.

The Edmonton Eskimos look to build on their 12-6 season last year and chase their first Grey Cup since 2005. The Edmonton Eskimos had the best defense in the CFL last season and should be in the same ballpark this year with Almondo Sewell and Odell Willis returning after combining for 22 sacks. Offensively, the Eskimos are a young team but still have quarterback Mike Reilly, who has combined for 7,500 passing yards and 40 touchdowns in his last two seasons. Adarius Bowman is coming off his best season ever in the CFL with 13 touchdowns and Kendial Lawrence proved to be a solid versatile player in his first season. The Edmonton Eskimos may be finally ready to take that next step. Greg Wojt is out with a neck injury.

Edmonton Eskimos vs. Toronto Argonauts CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/27/15

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The Toronto Argonauts look to have a bounce back season after finishing 8-10 and facing questions about their future. The Toronto Argonauts will turn to Trevor Harris at quarterback until Ricky Ray is ready to return from a shoulder injury. Harris has just 94 career passing attempts and three touchdowns. Good thing Chad Owens is still around to remove some of the pressure, and I look for Curtis Steele to get a lot of early touches. Defensively, the Argonauts were bad last season, but Tristan Okpalaugo is still one of the top pass rushers in this league and Gregory Jones is a promising linebacker after a good rookie season. Still, surviving until Ray returns is key for Toronto. Branndon Braxton is questionable for this game.

The Eskimos are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in June and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Argonauts are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games. The Eskimos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Toronto and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings overall. 

I’m just not sure what to make of Toronto this early, as the quarterback situation is sloppy and the defense wasn’t good at all last season. Edmonton is a team on a mission and has all the pieces to really take it to this league.

I like the Eskimos to win by double digits.

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