Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Toronto Argonauts CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/23/16
Argonauts vs. Tiger-Cats
CFL Football: Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm (BMO Field)
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TV: TSN, ESPNEWS
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts open the 2016 CFL season Thursday night at BMO Field.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats look to build on a 10-8 season that resulted in a loss in the East Final. Zach Collaros returns at quarterback after completing 70.2 percent of his passes for 3,376 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. C.J. Gable will takeover at running back after averaging 6.2 yards per carry on 37 carries. Luke Tasker and Andy Fantuz combined for close to 1,500 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Terrence Toliver had six touchdowns on 40 receptions. Defensively, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats finished last season with 38 sacks and 26 interceptions. Emanuel Davis had five interceptions and Simoni Lawrence had 80 tackles.
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The Toronto Argonauts also finished with a 10-8 record and lost in the East semifinal. Ricky Ray returns at quarterback after completing 72.3 percent of his passes for 423 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Brandon Whitaker returns at running back after racking up 636 yards and three touchdowns. Vidal Hazelton and Tori Gurley combined for more than 1,500 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Kevin Elliott had eight touchdowns on 50 receptions. Defensively, the Toronto Argonauts finished last season with 46 sacks and 13 interceptions. A.J. Jefferson had 57 tackles and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah had four interceptions.
The Tiger-Cats are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Argonauts are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in June. The Tiger-Cats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Toronto and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings overall.
The Argonauts return pretty much all of their key players on the offensive side of the ball and have a heathy Ray at quarterback. So, while Hamilton has beaten Toronto in four straight meetings, this is a game the Argonauts should be able to win at home due to all of their playmakers on offense.
The Argonauts set the tone early and protect home field.