Hamilton Tiger-Cats (5-5) vs. Toronto Argonauts (3-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 8, 2018, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Argonauts +5 -- Over/Under: 52.5
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts meet Saturday in CFL action at BMO Field.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats look for a third straight victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have lost three of their last five road games. Jeremiah Masoli is completing 66.5 percent of his passes for 3,269 yards, 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Masoli has 27 touchdown passes dating back to last season. Brandon Banks and Jalen Saunders have combined for 1,619 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Luke Tasker has 41 receptions. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats ground game is averaging 117.3 yards per contest, and Alex Green leads the way with 356 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Hamilton is allowing 22.8 points and 322.5 yards per game. Simoni Lawrence leads the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with 49 tackles, Ted Laurent has four sacks and Jumal Rolle has two interceptions.
The Toronto Argonauts need a feel good victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Toronto Argonauts have won three of their last four home games. McLeod Bethel-Thompson is completing 62.9 percent of his passes for 1,021 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Bethel-Thompson enters this game with 134 career pass attempts under his belt. S.J. Green and Armanti Edwards have combined for 960 receiving yards and four touchdowns while James Wilder Jr. has 44 receptions. The Toronto Argonauts ground game is averaging 85.4 yards per contest, and Wilder leads the way with 541 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Toronto is allowing 31 points and 424.1 yards per game. Marcus Ball leads the Toronto Argonauts with 44 tackles, Cleyon Laing has four sacks and Alden Darby has two interceptions.
The Tiger-Cats are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 road games, 3-13 ATS in their last 16 Saturday games and 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Argonauts are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games following a ATS loss. The Tiger-Cats are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Toronto, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 meetings and the over is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings in Toronto.
It's not easy to beat the same team in back-to-back weeks, but the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are playing their best football of the season and had little trouble moving the football against Toronto last week. The Argonauts continue to struggle on the defensive end, and while they've played well at home this season, they weren't good enough in their last meeting to sugget this game will be much different. I like the way the Tiger-Cats are playing right now, so I'll take Hamilton by a touchdown.