Edmonton Eskimos vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/22/18

Edmonton Eskimos vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/22/18 Photo by John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-1) vs. Edmonton Eskimos (1-0)

CFL Football: Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Commonwealth Stadium)

The Line: Edmonton Eskimos -7 -- Over/Under: 55 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Edmonton Eskimos meet Friday in CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats look for a bounce back performance after losing to the Calgary Stampeders by 14 points in their season opener. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have won four of their last six road games. Jeremiah Masoli is completing 69.4 percent of his passes for 344 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Masoli has 15 touchdown passes dating back to last season. Mike Jones and Jalen Saunders have combined for 138 receiving yards on 12 receptions while Luke Tasker has six receptions. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats ground game is averaging 56 yards per contest, and Mercer Timmis leads the way with 20 yards on six carries. Defensively, Hamilton is allowing 28 points and 429 yards per game. Simoni Lawrence leads the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with six tackles, Julian Howsare has one sack and Cariel Brooks has one interception.

The Edmonton Eskimos look for a quick 2-0 start to the CFL season after a road win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Edmonton Eskimos have split their last six home games. Mike Reilly is completing 69.6 percent of his passes for 408 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Reilly has one or less touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. Derel Walker and D'haquille Williams have combined for 250 receiving yards and one touchdown while Kenny Stafford has five receptions. The Edmonton Eskimos ground game is averaging 79 yards per contest, and Reilly leads the way with 43 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Edmonton is allowing 30 points and 315 yards per game. Maurice McKnight leads the Edmonton Eskimos with six tackles, Adam Konar has one sack and J.C. Sherritt has one interception.

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The Tiger-Cats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Friday games, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Eskimos are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Tiger-Cats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Edmonton and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Edmonton.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats don't exactly have the easiest schedule, as they had to play the most consistent club in the CFL in the Calgary Stampeders, and now get to play one of the more complete teams on the road in the Edmonton Eskimos. Can we at least get to see Manziel? Anyway, each of the last six meetings between the Tiger-Cats and Eskimos have been decided by seven or less points. There's reason to consider Hamilton and the free touchdown here, but the Tiger-Cats didn't do enough defensively in their opener to suggest they're going to be able to slow down the Eskimos. The Edmonton Eskimos should have their way offensively in this game, eventually pulling away in the second half.

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Randy’s Pick Edmonton Eskimos -7

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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