Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Toronto Argonauts CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/25/17
Argonauts vs. Tiger-Cats
CFL Football: Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm (BMO Field)
The Line: Argonauts +3 -- Over/Under: 54 See the Latest Odds
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts meet Sunday in CFL action at the BMO Field.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats hope for a more consistent season after finishing 7-11 last year and losing in the East Semifinal. Hamilton has possibly the best 1-2 QB punch in the league with Zach Collaros and Jeremiah Masoli both playing well last season and proving they can lead the team. Collaros will be the go-to guy this year now that he's finally healthy. Wide receiver duo Terrence Toliver and Luke Tasker are back after combining for more than 1,900 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. C.J. Gable returns at running back after leading the way with 693 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Hamilton returns its leading tackler in Simoni Lawrence, leading sacker in John Chick and interception leader Emanuel Davis.
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The Toronto Argonauts hope for a bounce back season after finishing 5-13 last year that included seven straight losses. Toronto's offense should always be in good hands as long as quarterback Ricky Ray is healthy. Ray has more than 54,000 career passing yards but has played just 12 games the last two years. The Argonauts lost their top-two receivers from a year ago but still have playmaking running back Brandon Whitaker, who caught 81 psses and rushed for more 1,000 yards. Unfortunately, there's not much clarity to this offense after hat with so much talent and production needing to be replaced. Defensively, the Argonauts return leading tackler linebacker Bear Woods and double-digit sack artist Shawn Lemon, a duo that will do what it can to pick up the slack.
The Tiger-Cats are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite and 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Argonauts are 20-41 ATS in their last 61 home games, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog and 1-11 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Tiger-Cats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Toronto, 8-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings and the over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Hamilton has won six of the last seven meetings against Toronto, and you have to like its chances to continue to dominate this series. There's just so much turnover on the offensive side of the ball that you don't know what to expect from the Argonauts. Yes, having a healthy Ray does help, but it may take some time to get the ball rolling here. While I hate taking all favorites in week 1, this is a game the Hamilton Tiger-Cats should win on the road.