Free CFL Picks: Edmonton Vs. Hamilton Week 2 Preview

David Schwab

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 3:43 PM GMT

The Edmonton Eskimos head on the road this week to face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Sunday’s contest is slated to kick-off at 2 p.m. (ET) at University of Guelph Alumni Stadium in Guelph, Ontario and the game will be broadcast in Canada on TSN. Can we find some good value sports picks in this week's match? Let's review.

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Edmonton Overview

Edmonton’s high expectations for a fast start to this season after winning just seven games in 2012 did not materialize in a dismal 39-18 loss to Saskatchewan that was not nearly as close as its already lopsided final score. The Eskimos closed as 2.5-point home underdogs and the total went OVER the 51-point line. Things started bad with a 22-1 deficit at the half and never got better.

Mike Reilly saw the majority of the action at quarterback but was ineffective with a completion percentage of less than 50 percent and three interceptions that helped dig the insurmountable hole on the scoreboard. Give credit to Fred Stamps, who came-up with six receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown, but was pretty much the only Eskimo worth watching on this game’s highlight reel.

Hamilton Overview

The Tiger-Cats did just about everything right in their season opener against Toronto except come out on top of a 39-34 final score. They closed as 3.5-point road underdogs and the total went well OVER the 56.5-point line. Hamilton raced out to a 21-8 lead after one quarter of play and held a narrow three-point lead heading into the fourth, but it could not come up with the big plays it needed on either side of the ball with the game on the line.

Henry Burris lit-up the Argonauts secondary with 361 yards passing and three touchdown throws. Andy Fantuz led all receivers with 10 catches for 155 yards and a score and the Tiger-Cats running back by committee approach added-up to 103 yards on the ground. They did not turn the ball over, but they also failed to create any turnover opportunities on defense.

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Edmonton vs. Hamilton Betting Lines and Trends

Opening CFL odds on BetOnline’s board has the Tiger-Cats listed as seven-point home favorites for this inter-division contest with the total line set at 55.5.

The Eskimos are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven Week 2 games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games on the road. The total has gone OVER in seven of their last eight games dating back to last season.

The Tiger-Cats are a perfect 7-0 ATS in their last seven games played in the month of July and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up loss. The total has gone OVER in 11 of their last 16 home games.

Head-to-head in this matchup, Edmonton is 5-12 ATS in the last 17 meetings overall and 2-7 ATS in their last nine trips to Hamilton. The total has gone OVER in five of the last seven meetings. The home team is 7-1 SU in the last eight meetings and 6-3 ATS in the last nine.

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Edmonton vs. Hamilton Free CFL Pick

As bad as Edmonton looked playing at home versus how good Hamilton played on the road last week, the complete change in venues for this matchup swings the edge well over to the Tiger-Cats side. For your CFL picks, do not worry about laying the seven points as the home team easily covers that spread with a double-digit win.

CFL Pick: Hamilton -7 -115 at Bet365

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